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Texas Sized Letdown

May 25th vs Texas

Today's Free Agency Value:
"1 for 4 on the day, but with a double play and four left on base."

Short Take:  Texas shows their offensive prowess; the Sox don't as this one gets away.

The White Sox can’t play much better than they did Sunday against the Twins. So it was pretty much a given going into Tuesday’s game that the Sox would experience somewhat of a letdown. The question was how much of a letdown, and would they be able to come out with a win against one of the most surprising teams in baseball - the Texas Rangers. Unfortunately, the answer to that would be “no” as the Sox lost the game 7-4.

The game featured two southpaws squaring off against each other. Scott Schoeneweis threw for the Sox and faced off against another surprising lefty, Kenny Rogers. As it turned out, Rogers was the crisper of the two in this game. In a game that featured two of the highest powered offenses in the American League, both teams wasted little time getting on the board. The Rangers struck first in the top half of the 2nd inning when Mark Teixeira hit a solo blast to right center field. But Frank Thomas wasted little time erasing that run. In the bottom half of the 2nd Frank responded back with his own solo homer to tie the game. Two batters later Paul Konerko singled with 1 out. After a Jose Valentin strikeout, Joe Crede doubled to give the Sox the 2-1 lead. In the 4th inning former White Sox Herbert Perry delivered a solo home run to left to once again pull the score to all square. But the scoring was just starting for one team.

To the disappointment of Sox fans, it would be the Rangers that were just heating up. In the 5th inning, the first two batters reached base. With one out Eric Young would advance to 3rd on a stolen base. That would cost the Sox immediately as Teixeira grounded out to 3rd allowing Eric Young to score. A single by Perry sent Michael Young home to give the Rangers a 4-2 advantage. Three consecutive singles to start the 7th inning padded the Rangers lead by another run. With 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd, Chad Allen singled to score the Rangers 6th run. The Sox gave their fans something to be optimistic about in the bottom half of the 7th when doubles by Sandy Alomar Jr. and Aaron Rowand cut the lead to 6-3. Unfortunately the Sox never cut the lead below three runs.

The Rangers went on to add another run in the 9th using an error by Joe Crede to trigger the scoring. Two walks by Cliff Politte didn’t help the cause either as it allowed the run to score on a fielder’s choice. In the bottom half of the inning the Sox managed to put two runners on with one out, but could only plate one on a fielders choice from Ross Gload. All in all, this game proved to be the opposite of what occurred Sunday. No Sox pitcher faired too well, though they were facing one of the better offenses in baseball. The Sox offense matched the Rangers in hits, but scored 3 less runs.

The Sox will get back at it and hope to score some more runs tomorrow in the 7:05 CDT start. Esteban Loaiza will get the start against his former team, while Joaquin Benoit will fire for the Rangers.

Ozzieball Update:
 The Sox had enough baserunners to win the game, but could have used some Ozzieball to help push across more runs.

submitted by Jjav829.

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