October 09, 2016 - 9:52 PM
TORONTO - Texas Rangers teammates Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor have a lot to discuss following their Game 3 American League Division Series loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
On Sunday, in what should've been a routine 6-4-3 double play to end the 10th inning, Odor's throw to first baseman Mitch Moreland was offline, allowing Josh Donaldson to plate the winning run in the Blue Jays' 7-6 win. In Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS, it was Andrus who made two seventh inning errors leading to an eventual 6-3 Toronto victory.
"It's something I'm not going to forget, I'm just going to keep working hard, do my best in the off-season and come back strong," Odor said. "(Edwin Encarnacion) slid into the base. I just pulled the ball a little bit. There's nothing I can do now. I tried to throw the ball good, but I just pulled it a little bit."
Last fall, Andrus made two of the three Rangers errors in the seventh inning, which ultimately led to Jose Bautista's three-run home run.
At the time, the Rangers were the first team in post-season history to make three errors in a single inning of a sudden-death post-season game.
"It happened to me last year and it's not about the errors, it's about losing the game," Andrus said. "A lot of people get caught up in, 'Oh you made an error', but we didn't lose the series on one play, we lose the series in three games.
"I talked to Rougy already, it's hard. It's hard being in that situation. I talked to him after that play, I'm proud of him, that's the best he can do. You want to keep everything under control. He did what he wanted to do, he tried to get the double play and get back to the dugout, but it didn't happen. As long as you give 100 per cent, and leave it all on the field, nothing bad with that."
Moreland, who saw the throw coming from Odor was offline, was attempting to hold Donaldson at third.
"I just tried to keep it in front of me, trying to get the out right there," he said. "I was just trying to keep it in front of me, at least give me a chance to knock it down, keep it right there where he didn't advance."
Texas entered the best-of-five series with the best regular season record in the American League going 95-67. However, with home field advantage for the ALDS, the Rangers fell behind 0-2 losing both games by a combined 15-4.
"It's tough, we didn't expect to lose three in a row," said veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre. "It hurts because we knew we had a very good team to accomplish what we wanted to. Came short."
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