Washington calls clubhouse meeting

July, 11, 2014
Jul 11
12:09
AM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Following the Texas Rangers' 15-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, manager Ron Washington held a rare clubhouse meeting.

“I needed to remind them of some things,’’ Washington said at his postgame news conference that was delayed by a half-hour. “I think they received my message well.’’

[+] EnlargeChris Gimenez
Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY SportsAccording to Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez -- called on to pitch the ninth inning against the Angels -- manager Ron Washington said things that needed to be said in the clubhouse meeting following Texas' fifth straight loss.
Texas has lost five in a row and 19 of 22.

With so many newcomers, the makeup of the clubhouse has changed.

“There’s a big group that doesn't know what winning is all about,’’ Washington said. “But I wanted them to know I believe in them.’’

His message is to keep fighting.

“Baseball is full of adversity, but don’t give in to it,’’ Washington said.

Catcher Chris Gimenez, an emergency pitcher on this night, said he thought the manager said things that needed to be said.

“This is not a losing team,’’ Gimenez said. “This organization has done well. He told us we shouldn’t make excuses for ourselves and that he still feels like we have guys that can play.

“I think everybody on the team would agree he said things that should be said. And if we can’t pick it up, we don’t deserve to be here.’’

Lewis bombed: The Angels attacked so quickly, Colby Lewis said he never really had a chance to establish his game plan.

“I wanted to get ahead early and get outs, but I really didn’t have an opportunity to get ahead," he said. "I felt like it happened so quick. Like the first or second pitch and done. They hit it and found the gaps and I got beat, plain and simple."

In 2⅓ innings, Lewis was charged with a club-record 13 runs, 11 of them earned, on 13 hits.

“I didn’t get outs. I didn’t do my job.’’

Said Washington: “For three innings, they pounded us. They didn’t miss. There were a couple of outs we didn’t get. I really thought after they scored two in the first inning, Colby would shut them down. It didn’t happen.’’

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182