For those who thought the Texas Rangers’ performance on Opening Day was a total stinker, their performance Wednesday night arguably was worse.
They were out-hit 14-3, and didn’t have a hit leave the infield until the ninth inning.
They committed four errors and a passed ball.
An off-season upgrade to the rotation allowed eight runs.
Even their first replay challenge of the season was unsuccessful.
Throw in 10 strikeouts against Scott Kazmir, and the Rangers looked like they were still in spring training during a 10-0 loss to Oakland.
“It was bad. It was bad,” shortstop Elvis Andrus said. “We understand that as a team, for sure. Believe me, it’s not a good things when you’re out there on the field and you see everything that’s happening.”
Things started well, with Leonys Martin reaching on a bunt single to start the game and moving to second base with one out. But Kazmir, despite battling back issues, didn’t allow another hit over seven innings, and the Rangers didn’t have another runner reach second until Prince Fielder doubled with one out in the ninth.
Ross Detwiler, acquired from Washington in December to be in the rotation even though he hadn’t started since July of 2013, opened with two scoreless innings before his inability to command his fastball caught up with him.
Oakland scored five times in the third, three on a bases-loaded double by Mark Canha for his first career hit.
In the fourth, the A’s scored a run without a ball leaving the infield. Andrus was tagged for the first of two errors, though this one was questionable, to start the inning. Detwiler then walked Marcus Semien, and the A’s filled the bases as Adam Rosales dropped a throw at third base on a force play.
The run scored on a passed ball by catcher Robinson Chirinos. Detwiler, though, said that his inability to pitch effectively inside is ultimately what cost the Rangers.
“I put us in a hole early, a big hole,” Detwiler said. “We got good momentum last night after the way Colby threw, and then I just gave it right back today. Command was terrible today. If I want to help this team compete, I need to be a lot better than what I was today.”
The Rangers’ offense struck out 13 times, including four by rookie left fielder Ryan Rua. Andrus said that the Rangers are still trying to find their rhythm at the plate, but there is nothing to worry about because it’s so early in the season.
Nevertheless, the Rangers have been shut out twice in three games and are batting .130 (12 for 92) with 24 strikeouts. Their plate woes also include being one-hit Monday in the season opener.
The club’s ERA is 5.76, and Andrus has committed four of the team’s six errors.
“It’s early,” said manager Jeff Banister, who lamented the Rangers’ approach with two strikes. “It’s the third game under the lights. I expect that our offense is going to find our rhythm just like our defense.”
On Wednesday, all facets were out of whack.
“Oh, yeah,” Andrus said. “It was a crazy game all-around for the team. That’s going to happen. We have to come back ready for tomorrow.”
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760
Pitching: Ross Detwiler, making his first start since July 3, 2013, faced the minimum through two innings, but nine A’s batted in the third and five scored. Detwiler pitched into the fifth, allowing eight runs (five earned). … Logan Verrett made his big-league debut, allowing two runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Hitting: Leonys Martin started a second straight game with an infield hit, this one a bunt single, but the Rangers didn’t get another hit until Delino DeShields beat out an infield single in the eighth in his first big-league at-bat. Prince Fielder doubled in the ninth. … The Rangers struck out 10 times in seven innings against Scott Kazmir, 13 in the game, four by Ryan Rua.
Notable: The defense was atrocious. Elvis Andrus, Adam Rosales and Prince Fielder made errors, and Robinson Chirinos had a passed ball. … Andrus committed two and has four in three games, though his first Wednesday might eventually be ruled a hit.