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Driving it Deep in the Heart of Texas

July 28th vs. the Texas Rangers

Today's Sox Crew:
Heating and Air Conditioning Service
The Sox worked on the Ballpark in Arlington, turning up the heat on the Rangers as they successfully cooled down their bats.

Short Take: Philip Humber pitched, the defense defended, and the offense offended the Texas Rangers as the White Sox beat them 5-2 in Arlington.

It was 101 degrees at game time in Texas tonight, dropping to a balmy 97 a couple of hours later. Mighty hot, as it's been most of this summer. The White Sox have also been hot this summer and demonstrated that in a big way tonight, beating the Texas Rangers 5-2. This makes two in a row for the Sox against the Rangers in their sweltering ballpark, something that most teams have a hard time doing.

Philip Humber started tonight. Some games he's good -- indeed, he can be perfect. Other games he can be a batting-practice machine. Tonight the good Humber showed up. He threw strikes, made pitches when he needed them, and didn't get rattled by distractions. The bullpen covered the last three innings in fine style and limited the offense-happy Texans to two runs.

Tonight there was something for everybody: two understudies played tonight in place of ailing headliners; home runs by the big-muscle guys; sharp pitching; highlight-film defense. Everything a hand-wringing Sox fan could ask for.

Run-scoring is fun to discuss, so let's discuss: our 35th Street favorites got on the board in the fourth inning when Adam Dunn hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Ian Kinsler, who was playing in short right field as part of the Dunn defensive dance that most teams do. Kinsler bobbled the ball and the official scorer officially called it a hit. Paul Konerko came to bat next and hit a ball so deep beyond the left-field wall that it rattled around behind the last row of seats. Lone Star starter Matt Harrison appeared stunned. 2-0 for the Sox at that point.

In the fifth the Sox came back to the table for another helping. Jordan Danks and Eduardo Escobar were the understudies in the game, in for Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez, who are both recovering after their outfield collision the night before. The subs did their headliners proud: Danks singled in the fifth and scored on Eduardo Escobar's double. In that same inning, Kevin Youkilis walked and Adam Dunn hit a big ol' home run into center field. The field's still hot and so are the Sox at 5-0 in the fifth.

Texas backstopper Mike Napoli whacked a solo homer off Humber in the bottom of the fifth, but the typically dangerous Ranger hitters couldn't do much else until the bottom of the ninth when they picked up one more. The final score was made in the final inning, finishing it at 5-2.

The Sox made two errors tonight but Humber pitched around them without incident. Great defense made it easy to forget those two errors as we watched Jordan Danks on the run snaring a deep fly in the sixth, Dayan Viciedo making a sliding, game-saving catch in the seventh, and Gordon Beckham preventing a single after a ball went through the pitcher's legs in the ninth. Solid bullpen work by Jesse Crain, Brett Myers, and Matt Thornton provided the bracing support needed to keep the Sox up and the Texas hitters down.

Texas Monthly magazine once published a piece on Texas sayings. Here are a few about the heat: Hot as a summer revival. Hotter than honeymoon hotel. Hotter than a burning stump.

Let me add one more: hot as the White Sox when they come to town.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"I appreciate hot stuff: hot ballparks, hot bats, hot gloves, hot pitches."

submitted by tebman.

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The Large Man came through with a single for Paulie to send home and a ka-boomer to center. Texas wasn't too hot for him.

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