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Dinged Up Sox Continue Lone Star State Struggles

May 3 at Texas Rangers

KW's Daily Special:
Severely Undercooked Slab of Beef
Mediocre starting pitching and an anemic, sometimes non-existent offense results in poor service from Kenny's staff.

Short Take:   Danks was shaky at best and his offense didn't help much, as they squandered their best scoring opportunity of the night in the fifth, leaving the bases loaded and eventually dropping the rubber game.

After a game that took over five hours on Saturday night, thanks to several rain delays, the Sox hoped to not only get this one in on the National Stage last night, but to take the series. Unfortunately, with the whole country watching, the Sox spotlighted exactly where they're inept and just how much they've been plagued by the nagging injury bug recently. However, they managed to avoid being shut out for the fourth time this season, but still dropped tonight's contest 5-1.

Things started out rough for John Danks immediately after he took the mound. Ian Kinsler showcased- again- just why he's such a valuable guy for the lead-off spot in the Texas lineup, going deep to lead off the ballgame. The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the third when Texas added another tally. After Kinsler flied out to right, Elvis Andrus doubled to left, then stole third. Michael Young grounded out to first, but Andruw Jones picked him up, singling to left and scoring Andrus, making it a 2-0 game.

It seemed as though the Rangers were going to score in every single inning from here on out at this point, and that actually wasn't too far off from reality. Marlon Byrd led off the Texas fourth with a double to deep left. Nelson Cruz followed with a single to center, moving Byrd over to third. With nobody out, Chris Davis bounced into a 4-6-3 double play, but Byrd came home with the third Ranger run.

The scoring continued in the fifth inning and admittedly, this was getting old. Once again, it was Ian Kinsler reeking havoc, leading off with an infield single. Elvis Andrus sacrificed him over to second and Kinsler scored the fourth run for Texas on Michael Young's base hit to left for the 4-0 lead. Somehow, the "masterful" Matt Harrison not only held the Sox scoreless through five, but of the six hits they managed to get off him, none resulted in any runs.

The home half of the sixth inning was no different than the previous three, as the Rangers came up with another single tally. Nelson Cruz led off with a single to right and stole second after Chris Davis went down on strikes. Taylor Teagarden followed with a base hit to left, moving Cruz over to third. He didn't stay there long, though. With Octavio Dotel now on in relief of John Danks, that pesky Ian Kinsler struck again, this time bringing Cruz home with a sacrifice fly to left. It was now 5-0 Texas and it looked as though the Sox would be handed their fourth shut out of the young season.

However, with Jason Jennings now on the hill for the Rangers, the Sox finally broke through. After Scott Podsednik popped out to third, Alexei Ramirez doubled to deep left. Brent Lillibridge advanced him to third with a base hit and it looked as though the Sox could be in the midst of starting their own rally. Newly called-up Jayson Nix drove in his first run of the season with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Ramirez and putting the Sox on the board. Unfortunately, the 5-1 score would stick for the duration of the contest and the Sox fell to .500 again, this time at 12-12.

The road ahead isn't going to be any smoother for the Sox tomorrow night, as they travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals for a short two game series. Bartolo Colon (2-1, 4.15) gets the ball for the White Sox, while the Royals counter with a guy who is possibly baseball's toughest pitcher so far this season, Zack Greinke (5-0, 0.50). The first pitch is slated for 7:10p CDT and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

Critic's Corner:
 Only one run scored yields only one star deserved, symbolizing a poor night on the ESPN stage. Meh....

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