For whatever reason, I'm just not that put out by this loss yesterday.
I should be. The Rangers had a chance to sweep Oakland at home and take a commanding lead in the West. Instead, they've dropped game 1 in embarrassing fashion and allowed Oakland to enter into a tie for first place.
Still...this is one of those games that, early on, I just felt like the Rangers didn't deserve to win. They played sloppy. Bad defense. Bad managerial decisions.
And in case I haven't been clear on this before now, having Elvis Andrus bunt in the fifth inning of a tie game with two on and no one out is never a good idea.
Chris Ray and Dustin Nippert also allowed a run apiece, but then, at that point, you were in to extra innings and using the weak part of the bullpen. Ray has, as I've noted before, walked more batters than he's struck out, and he's giving up a ton of fly balls. I struggle to understand why he continues to be up, given that the Rangers can option him.
Evan Grant has his post-game thoughts up at the DMN blog, and mentions that Elvis Andrus was bunting on his own with two strikes in the fifth inning.