There were plenty of places Rangers manager Ron Washington could have pointed to when assigning blame for the club's 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Washington chose to start with himself.
Washington was disappointed he didn't send up a pinch hitter for one or the other of a pair of struggling hitters in the top of the eighth inning of what was then a tie game.
The Rangers, already 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position for the night, had managed to get Michael Young to second base with one out. The problem: The next two batters due up were designated hitter Mike Napoli, in a 6-for-45 stretch, and catcher Yorvit Torrealba, whose awful slump had just stretched to one hit in 25 at-bats since May 5.
If Washington had pulled Torrealba to send up left-handed-hitting Mitch Moreland to face White Sox right-hander Jesse Crain, he would have had to shift Napoli behind the plate. That would have cost the Rangers the DH position for the remainder of the night. Also, Moreland hadn't played since Saturday due to left hamstring soreness.
As always, Washington had faith. It was the wrong choice.
"That one really got me," Washington said after the game. "If there was anything I could take back, it was that decision. I should have shot Moreland up there right then. I didn't want to risk to losing the DH."
It's not as if he didn't think about it, though. He told Moreland before the inning to be ready. Moreland had a helmet on and a bat in his hands in the dugout, but he could only watch as White Sox third baseman Brent Morel took a hit away from Napoli to get the second out of the inning on a fielder's choice and then Torrealba popped up to short. Torrealba is now 3-for-23 (.130) with men in scoring position.
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