Mitch Moreland: 'I just missed it'

June, 14, 2012
6/14/12
10:58
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland didn't make any excuses for his error in the third inning of Thursday's 11-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Moreland couldn't get to a chopper down the line off hte bat of Miguel Montero, allowing the inning to continue. The next batter, Lyle Overbay, whacked a double to score two unearned runs and turn a 2-1 game into a 4-1 Arizona lead.

"I just missed it," Moreland said. "It had a lot of top spin on it, but it stayed down on me. I was up and I should have been down on the ball and read the hop. That's the way it goes. I should have been ready."

Moreland was disappointed that it came with two outs and ended up proving to be costly.

"You don't ever want to make an error, especially in that situation," Moreland said. "It did lead to other things, unfortunately, but it's going to happen. It's the way the game goes. If I get that same ball tomorrow, I'll block it up and make the play. You just go out tomorrow and play again and make the plays."
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
4 1.42 23 38
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rios .318
HRS. Choo 2
RBIA. Rios 11
RE. Andrus 14
OPSS. Choo .932
ERAM. Perez 1.42
SOY. Darvish 29