Hitters take opportunity for positive reinforcement

Hitters take opportunity for positive reinforcement

Hitters take opportunity for positive reinforcement
ARLINGTON -- Club officials said they were glad to see the Rangers hitters taking it upon themselves to meet after Saturday's 5-2 loss to the White Sox. The Rangers have been looking to upgrade their pitching before the Trade Deadline but understand they aren't going to get anywhere unless their offense gets on a roll.

"That's good ... but I never lost confidence in them," manager Ron Washington said. "It is nice that they got together and said some things to each other that they may not say out in the open. I have confidence in them. It's not going good right now so we'll see how they handle adversity."

The Rangers met after going 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position on Saturday.

"What you're seeing over the course of the past few weeks or whatever time period, you can say we lacked some energy or we've lacked some confidence," outfielder David Murphy said. "It was a hit-the-reset-button-type of meeting. It's not out of hand to meet and remember how good this offense is and what we are capable of doing. I think everybody is excited again to move forward. We're focused on the future, not on the past or what's happened."

The Rangers went into Sunday's game leading the league in batting average and on-base percentage but had dropped to third in runs scored. They were hitting .242 with a .372 slugging percentage while averaging 3.5 runs per game in July. Only the Astros have scored fewer runs this month.

"We need to remember what we can do as a team," outfielder Nelson Cruz said. "We're a talented team. We can lose focus sometimes but we should be good."

In Sunday night's 2-0 win over the White Sox, the offense went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position to up their hitless streak to 0-for-29.