Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Rangers 4 (10)
By Bryan Dolgin
Kevin Youkilis drove in Alejandro De Aza with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th Wednesday to lift the Chicago White Sox to their second straight win over the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers, losers of three straight overall, came out swinging to start the game. With two outs in the first inning, they collected four consecutive hits, including a two-run double to left-center from Michael Young and an RBI single to right by Nelson Cruz to take an early 3-0 lead.
That lead would be short-lived, however, as the the White Sox had five consecutive batters reach base in the second off Rangers starter Scott Feldman. After Alex Rios hit a one-out double to right, A.J. Pierzynski was hit on the right elbow by an 0-2 pitch. Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez followed with RBI singles, and Gordon Beckham (who was batting in the ninth spot and came in hitting .239) gave the White Sox a 4-3 lead with a two-run double to right.
Josh Hamilton evened the score at 4 when he led off the third inning with his 26th home run and major league leading 74th RBI. The game remained tied until Youklis drove in the game winner off Mike Adams.
For starters: After the Beckham double in the second inning, Feldman retired 10 consecutive batters until Youkilis singled with two outs in the fifth. Feldman gave up four runs on four hits in the second inning. In his five others innings, he allowed just one walk and two hits. After Michael Young's one-out single in the third, White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod retired the final 10 batters he faced.
Elvis-a-thon ends: Elvis Andrus had his 10-game hitting streak end with a 0-for-4 night. Andrus was 16-for-40 with five doubles, five walks, six RBIs and eight runs scored during the streak.
White Sox masher: Hamilton is now a .374 (37-for-99) career hitter versus the White Sox, his highest average against any American League team. He was 2-for-4 on Wednesday night.
Deep thoughts: Hamilton's third-inning home run gave him 26 this season, one more than he hit all of last season. Hamilton played in just 121 games last season because of injuries.
More like Mike: Young ended an 0-for-13 stretch with his two-run double in the first.
All-Star struck: When Alexei Ramirez delivered an RBI single to right field in the second inning, David Murphy delivered a one-hop throw to catcher Mike Napoli who was met in a collision with Pierzynski. Napoli could not hold onto the ball.
What a relief: Robbie Ross extended his scoreless innings stretch to 21 innings (14 appearances) and hasn't allowed an earned run in 28 1/3 innings. He struck out Adam Dunn looking with two on to end the seventh and retired all three batters he faced in the eighth. Ross now has a 0.99 ERA on the season. Adams worked more than one inning for the first time this season, but did not record an out in the 10th and took the loss.
Extras: The last time the Rangers played extra innings was May 26 when they beat Toronto 8-7 in 13 innings. The Rangers are 3-2 in extra innings this season.
Weekend rotation: Yu Darvish will not make his final scheduled start before the All-Star break so he can get some extra rest. The Minnesota Twins visit Arlington this weekend for a three-game series and LHP Martin Perez will start Friday, followed by LHP Derek Holland on Saturday and RHP Roy Oswalt on Sunday.