Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 7, Rangers 2
June, 16, 2013
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The awful offense continued for the Texas Rangers, who were shut out for the second time in three games by the Toronto Blue Jays, this time by the final of 7-2 on Father's Day at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers have scored eight runs during a six-game losing streak.
June swoon: The Rangers fell to 4-11 in June. They are 3-10 during a 20-games-in-20 days stretch. They are 1-6 on the homestand with four to go against the division-leading Oakland A's.
Futile with RISP: It's getting old and depressing talking about these numbers, but they mean everything right now. The Rangers were 2-for-24 with runners in scoring position for the series, and the one hit didn't drive in a run, it just loaded the bases. The Rangers are 17-for-111 with RISP for June. That's a .153 average.
Rangers can't hit Wang: Blue Jays starter Chien-Ming Wang won for the first time since June 12, 2012. Making his second start since being signed by Toronto on June 11, Wang dominated the Rangers, pitching seven shutout innings. He allowed seven hits and walked two.
Profar bats leadoff, plays third: Ian Kinsler is arguably the best leadoff man in club history, but 20-year-old Jurickson Profar got the call there on Sunday. Profar went 1-for-4 with a bloop double. He handled all of his chances at third base in his first start there this season.
Andrus slumping: Shortstop Elvis Andrus is 17-for-97 since a five-hit game on May 18. Andrus was 1-for-5 on Sunday with three groundouts, including a double play in the third inning. He did have an RBI infield single in the bottom of the ninth to plate the Rangers' first run. The top three batters in the Rangers' lineup produced two hits in two days.
Holland has mixed results: If Derek Holland were pitching in front of the Rangers of April and May, his start Sunday would have been good enough for a win. He gave up four runs over six innings and finished strong, as he retired eight of the last nine batters he faced. But Texas pitchers have to be perfect these days, and Holland wasn't. He allowed two home runs, a two-run shot to Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia in the second inning and a solo homer to center fielder Colby Rasmus in the fourth inning. Holland allowed 10 hits, the seventh time in eight starts he's allowed at least eight hits in an outing.
Lind hammers Rangers again: Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind, who has always had his way with the Rangers, continued his rebirth this season -- in a contract year -- with his second home run of the series, a three-run homeer in the seventh inning off Rangers right-handed reliever Kyle McClellan to give the Jays an insurmountable 7-0 lead. Rangers left-handed reliever Neal Cotts was warming up in the bullpen later in the inning.
Up next: The slumping Rangers open a four-game series against the American League West-leading Oakland A's. In Monday night's series opener, rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-6, 4.30 ERA) faces A's right-hander Dan Straily (4-2, 4.65 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. The rest of the series sets up like this: right-hander Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.64 ERA) goes up against right-hander Jarrod Parker (5-6, 4.45 ERA) on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.; right-hander Justin Grimm (5-5, 5.59 ERA) matches up against left-hander Tommy Milone (6-6, 3.61 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday; and right-hander Josh Lindblom (0-2, 5.94 ERA) takes on right-hander A.J. Griffin (5-6, 3.93 ERA) at 1:05 p.m. Thursday. All games are on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.