Sunday, April 20, 2014
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 16, Rangers 2
By Randy Jennings | Special to ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers, potent in the first two games of the series, could muster only two hits, both singles, in a 16-2 spanking by the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.
The defeat snapped a five-game winning streak.
The White Sox bashed out 18 hits and had three home runs, the biggest a three-run blast by Jose Abreu in the fifth inning that snapped a 2-2 tie.
The only Rangers hit though seven innings was a Leonys Martin single off the glove of first baseman Abreu in the second inning.
Texas closes the homestand with a 7-3 record and an overall mark of 11-8.
Batting 1.000: Luis Sardinas, a 20-year-old rookie called up Saturday, had his first major league hit in the eighth inning, a ground ball that Sox second baseman Marcus Semien stopped with a dive, but had no play.
Skewed line: Rangers starter Robbie Ross pitched better than his numbers would indicate. Home runs by Jordan Danks and Jose Abreu were the downfall of the 24-year-old. A costly error and the bullpen didn’t help him either. Both of his inherited runners scored on a bases-clearing triple by Semien.
Damaging mistake: The Rangers infield’s stretch of five consecutive errorless games, paralleling the team‘s five-game winning streak, ended on third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff’s throwing error in the fifth inning. It turned into a costly mistake. The White Sox went on to score three unearned runs for a 5-2 lead.
Running Elvis: Elvis Andrus on Friday passed Ian Kinsler for the club record in steals and he added another Sunday, giving him nine this season and 174 for his career.
Tempting fate: Chicago starter Erik Johnson, who allowed only one hit before leaving after five innings, walked the Rangers' leadoff batter in each of the first four innings. He worked around the first two, with the help of a caught stealing and a double play, but Texas cashed in on the next two for runs.
Game of chance: The brick wall behind home plate at Globe Life Park adds an element of chance for a runner at third when a pitch gets away. Martin unsuccessfully tried to score on just such a play in the third inning. Sox catcher Tyler Flowers grabbed the long ricochet and flipped to Johnson to catch Martin on a close play. An inning later, a Johnson wild hit the wall and skidded crazily toward the White Sox dugout, giving Andrus plenty of time to score from third.
Up next: The Rangers begin a six-game West Coast road trip in Oakland on Monday with Yu Darvish (1-0, 0.82 ERA) going against Dan Straily (1-1, 5.40 ERA) at 9:05 p.m. on ESPN 103.3 FM and Fox Sports Southwest.