Rangers' bats go cold in New York
Texas' offense was silenced again Wednesday in a 3-2 loss to the Yankees.
Outside of Josh Hamilton's two home runs, the Rangers couldn't get anything going against Freddy Garcia and the Yankees' bullpen, mustering just two hits other than Hamilton's bombs.
In all, the Rangers have scored just four runs in the last three games.
"The Yankee pitchers have just shut us down," Ron Washington said after his team's third straight loss. "…That's what it was. We'll bounce back [Thursday]. Maybe we need the challenge of facing [starter Ivan] Nova."
Maybe so. But if Nova pitches like his predecessors, the Rangers may be in trouble.
Yankee hurlers have held the Rangers to a .199 average (37-for-186) in 2012.
"Once again, pitching stops everything," Washington said.
The Rangers had their chances against Garcia on Wednesday.
They loaded the bases with one out in the fourth after Hamilton's first homer -- a solo shot to right. But catcher Geovany Soto grounded into an inning-ending double play.
"Once again, Freddy made a pitch," Washington said.
The Yankees have made plenty of big pitches in this series.
New York starters have combined to limit Texas to four runs on 12 hits in 20 2/3 innings in the last three games. If you're scoring at home, that's a 1.74 ERA.
"It's not like we're not giving effort or putting forth effort," Hamilton said. "They've just been swinging the bats pretty good and it seems like we're not swinging the bats well."
Hamilton was the lone star for Texas on Wednesday. He clubbed two homers off Garcia, the second traveling an estimated 447 feet.
Garcia allowed the Rangers' four hits. The other two: Designated hitter Mitch Moreland doubled in the third and Adrian Beltre followed Hamilton's fourth-inning homer with a single. And that was it.
"We're a team that can score runs, but we just haven't scored any right now in these three games here," Washington said. "Maybe tomorrow we'll bust out."
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