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Sox Look Terrible Against Texas

July 11 at Texas

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

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DJ Carrasco proves to be a helpful pickup, at least for one night

Short Take:   Floyd with worst outing of the season; Offense struggles against triple-A Mendoza

The Sox played one of their worst games of the season last night in losing to the Texas Rangers by a score of 7-2. The Pale Hose looked brutal in every aspect of their game, from poor starting pitching by Gavin Floyd to terrible at-bats against Ranger starter Luis Mendoza to poor execution on defense. Throw in some nice plays by the Rangers, including leftfielder Brandon Boggs rifling a throw to nail Carlos Quentin trying to score on a sacrifice fly, and it was just a brutal game to watch for any Sox fan. To make things worse, the pesky Twins defeated the Tigers 3-2, moving Minnesota to just 1.5 games off the pace in the AL Central.

Gavin Floyd didnít have his stuff tonight and failed to throw strikes. He labored through 2.2 innings while giving up five hits and seven walks. After giving up a solo homer to Chris Davis and a 2-run shot to David Murphy, Ozzie Guillen finally pulled Floyd in the bottom of the 3rd with Texas owning a 6-0 lead. Thatís all they would need to hold on and win the game.

On the bright side, DJ Carrasco, recently called up from Charlotte, ate up the remaining 5.1 innings for the Sox to save the rest of the bullpen. Carrasco looked effective, only giving up four hits and a walk while striking out five. Still, Texas seemed to be swinging at everything close to the plate with the big lead, so whether Carrasco proved he deserves to stay up here for an extended period after Jenksí return remains to be seen.

The Sox offense was brutal against Texas starter Luis Mendoza, who came into the game with an ultimatum by the Texas GM to get his act together or catch the next flight to triple-A. Mendoza started the game with an ERA of 7.54. The Sox chances looked good, but Mendoza put an end to that very quickly en route to pitching six innings of 3-hit ball. The only run the Sox were able to score off Mendoza was in the fourth when AJ Pierzynski and Carlos Quentin hit back-to-back doubles to get the Sox on the board, trailing Texas 6-1. Jim Thome hit an opposite field homer off former Sox farmhand Josh Rupe (he of the 2003 Carl Everett trade) in the 7th to give the Sox their only other run of the night.

Orlando Cabrera continues to be an aggressive player on the field and somewhat of an enigma to watch. In the top of the sixth, he singled to center and tried to stretch that into a double, but was thrown out by a mile. Probably not a good play with one out and down by five runs. Earlier in the game, Cabrera made a heads up, aggressive play on defense in the 3rd when he went to his right on a soft groundball and tried to get the force at third base, but Joe Crede wasnít in position to catch the throw.

The Sox tee-it up for the second game of the three game series against Texas by sending John Danks (6-4) to the mound against Kevin Millwood (6-4). Both pitchers have the same record, and it should be interesting to see Danks face his former team. Hopefully the Sox can have better success off Millwood and win these last two games going into the ASG Break. First pitch is at 6:05 on WGN. Go Sox.

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