One of the craziest innings in Major League Baseball history ended up being one of the worst for Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus during the Rangers’ 6-3 loss at Toronto in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday.
After the Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning on a bizarre Russell Martin attempted-throw back to the pitcher that hit off of Shin Soo-Choo’s hand in the batter’s box and allowed Rougned Odor to score from third, Texas looked to be in the driver’s seat. Texas ace Cole Hamels was still on the mound and there were just 2½ innings of baseball left to play.
Then came the errors.
Elvis Andrus was charged with two errors in the inning and was unable to catch a low throw at second base from Mitch Moreland. The miscues kept the inning going long enough to allow Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista to launch a three-run homer as part of a four-run rally that put the AL East champs ahead for good.
"Everything went down since my first error," Andrus said after the loss, which ended the Rangers’ season. "We weren’t able to stay focused in that inning and everything just changed real quick."
Andrus ranked the moment as one of the toughest of his career.
"Believe me, this is the toughest time in my career right now," Andrus said. "I can make both plays 100 times.
"There’s a lot of pain right now. I feel like I let down my team, my city. It hurts."