Friday, June 14, 2013
Scoring woes continue as Texas' skid hits 4
By Randy Jennings Special to ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are in one of their worst home scoring droughts since the Ballpark opened in 1994.
After being shut out by Toronto 8-0 on Friday, the Rangers have been held to two runs or fewer in four straight games.
Elvis Andrus took out his frustration on umpire Eric Cooper after a called third strike in the sixth inning and was ejected.
That streak of futility is surpassed only by a string of five games in which they were held to two runs or fewer in September 2009.
"We are going to keep working," Rangers manager Ron Washington said in his postgame news conference. "It’s just a matter of time. I wish I had the formula. The only way out is to keep battling."
Shortstop Elvis Andrus was ejected by plate umpire Eric Cooper after being called out on strikes in the sixth inning.
"Elvis said something from the dugout," Washington said. "I tried to get in front of him."
The manager said when things aren’t going well, it is natural for players to get upset.
Asked how much injuries have to do with this slump, Washington said he is not going to use injuries as an excuse.
"We’ve played good baseball with a lot of guys out," he said. "We’ve just started playing uncharacteristic."
The Rangers rotation went into Friday’s game receiving 2.23 runs per nine innings this month. A Rangers starter last earned a win on May 31 against Kansas City. The streak now spans 13 games. It is the longest winless streak for the club's starters since they went 14 games without a win in May 2003.
"We have one of the best lineups in the league," said Justin Grimm, the Rangers' starter and loser on Friday. "We’re going to break out of it, starting tomorrow. I don’t blame them, I blame myself."