Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Rangers 3
By Bryan Dolgin
CHICAGO -- The Rangers lost to the Chicago White Sox, 4-3, on Tuesday night as the teams split a two-game series.
Three of the six Rangers who drew a walk off of White Sox starting pitcher John Danks came in to score. For Danks, those six free passes (one intentional) were a season high and matched his career high (third time).
Endy Chavez led off the game with a free pass, and he later scored on a double play hit into by Ian Kinsler. Danks later walked the lower third of the lineup with two outs in the second inning, and Mike Napoli scored when shortstop Alexei Ramirez mishandled a Chavez grounder. David Murphy drew a lead-off walk in the fourth, and he scored on Yorvit Torrealba’s sacrifice line drive to left. Danks, a Rangers first-round pick in 2003, pitched 6.1 innings and remains winless in 2011.
Matt Harrison cruised through four. In the fifth, Brent Morel hit a 1-2 pitch for three-run home run that was a line drive to left-center. Morel was the No. 9 hitter, and it was his first home run of the season. Two walks contributed to the six-batter inning for Harrison. The lefty worked seven innings without a decision.
Cody Eppley pitched in relief of Harrison, but he walked the lead-off man in the eighth -- Gordon Beckham. One out later, he moved to third base on the first hit for Dallas McPherson as a White Sox. Then, Eppley uncorked a wild pitch for a 4-3 White Sox lead. Eppley took the loss and dropped to 1-1.
* Chavez began this major league season going 0-for-9. Since then, he is 5-for-9 with one walk, two doubles, three singles (two on bunts) and three runs scored.
* Michael Young’s single in the eighth extended his road hitting streak to 17 games. In the base-running department, Young advanced to second on the Beltre fly out to deep right field.
* Torrealba is 3-for-23 with runners in scoring position this season. He popped to short to end the seventh with runners at the corners.
* Mitch Moreland, who has endured soreness in his left leg, pinch-hit in the ninth inning and grounded out to second. He hadn't played since Saturday.
* The Rangers were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position Tuesday night.