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Rangers' Choo Shin-soo benched as club gets swept by Blue Jays in ALDS

All News 12:48 October 10, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Yonhap) -- The Texas Rangers' South Korean outfielder Choo Shin-soo was benched as his club got swept by the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Division Series (ALDS).

Choo was held out of the starting lineup for two consecutive games and watched from the dugout as the Jays prevailed 7-6 in 10 innings to complete the three-game sweep at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Sunday (local time).

Josh Donaldson, who opened the inning with a double off Matt Bush, came around to score the series-clinching run when Texas second baseman Rougned Odor made a poor throw to first on a potential double play ball.

First baseman Mitch Moreland couldn't make a clean catch on the low throw, and Donaldson, playing with an injured hip, slid home head-first on a mad dash.

Choo started the first game of the series, and drove in the Rangers' lone run on a grounder in their 10-1 loss. Choo sat out the second game as the Jays won 5-3.

The Rangers had the best record in the AL in the regular season at 95-67, but bowed out of the ALDS against the same Jays for the second straight year.

The Rangers took their first lead of the series in the top of the first, as Carlos Beltran's ground out scored Carlos Gomez.

The Blue Jays answered right back in the bottom first, with a two-run shot by Edwin Encarnacion and a solo blast by Russell Martin. The Jays hit eight long balls in this series.

Then it was back-and-forth. Elvis Andrus responded for the Rangers with a solo shot, making it 3-2 Toronto. A double by Donaldson and a single by Encarnacion gave the Jays more breathing room at 5-2 in the third, before Odor's two-run jack in the top fourth cut the Rangers' deficit to 5-4.

The Rangers reclaimed the lead thanks to Mitch Moreland's two-run double in the sixth. The Jays promptly loaded the bases in the bottom sixth, and a passed ball by catcher Jonathan Lucroy allowed Troy Tulowitzki to score the tying run.

The battle of the bullpens then ensued, with one fireballer after another throwing up zeros for both sides.

The Rangers finally blinked in the 10th. Matt Bush, who'd retired six straight batters, came back on for his third inning of work -- the first time he'd gone past two innings all season -- and allowed a leadoff double against Donaldson.

Bush intentionally walked Encarnacion and struck out Jose Bautista. Then Martin hit a chopper to shortstop Andrus, who threw to second for the force.

Odor, however, couldn't complete the double play, and handed the game and the series to the Blue Jays with that throwing error.

The sweep ends Choo's disappointing season. The 34-year-old veteran had four trips to the disabled list this year with leg and arm injuries, and was held to just 48 games.

With the Rangers' exit, there's no South Korean left in the current postseason.


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