ARLINGTON, Texas – The Chicago White Sox's bats fell almost totally silent in a 2-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Sunday, and the Sox failed to complete a sweep. This came after Chicago put up 17 hits and 14 runs in their first two games of this series.
Scott Feldman was dominant for Texas, throwing eight shutout innings and allowing seven hits, no walks and five strikeouts in just 88 pitches. He matched a career-high in innings pitched for the first time since he pitched eight innings against the White Sox on June 2, 2010 in Chicago.
"At first you'd think it was just the start time (an hour earlier than normal), but he threw well," Robin Ventura said. "Even when it got dark, you could see he was still keeping us off balance. Any time we got anything going, he just found a way to get out of it. You just tip your hat."
The only White Sox player to get more than one hit was Jordan Danks, who went 2-for-3 filling in for the injured Alejandro De Aza. Kevin Youkilis, Paul Konerko and Dayan Viciedo were all held hitless.
"He was throwing all his pitches for strikes," Adam Dunn said, who finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout. "He didn't leave many pitches on the plate and the ones he did, we didn't make him pay."
Even when the Sox did manage to get on base they couldn't go far, as the team was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. The Rangers also struggled with RISP though, going 0-for-10 and extending their RISP drought to 0-for-29 since Friday.
"There were small villages left on for both teams," Ventura said.
But for all the mistakes the Rangers made, the White Sox couldn't close the gap. Even a 10th quality start of the season from Gavin Floyd wasn't enough.
"That's a shame because he pitched so good tonight," Dunn said. "He got out of some tough jams. We just got shut down tonight."
Floyd is confident that the bats will get hot again soon.
"There's times were you get a lot of runs and there's times when you don't get the run support," Floyd said. "Wins and losses are out of your control. You just try to keep the team in the game and hope we come back and put runs up. I've got enough to focus on, I don't worry about that. Our team's going to score runs."