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Sweet Ranger Sweep

April 24 vs Texas Rangers

Toon Squad Update:
Rocket J. Squirrel
Flying high with optimism

Short Take:   Great pitching, timely hitting and defense.

Mat Latos has been a pleasant surprise for the White Sox this season. Given a chance after dealing with injuries, the free agent has rewarded the Sox with stingy pitching. Today, despite falling behind many hitters, Latos gave the Sox six innings of one-run ball, as the Sox beat the Rangers 4-1.

It didn't take the Rangers long to take advantage of Mat's control problems. Rangers #2 batter Nomar Mazara hit a 1-0 pitch into the right field stands for a 1-0 Texas lead. Tyler Saladino and Latos gave Sox fans more to worry about in the first inning. Saladino bobbled a grounder and couldn't throw out slow-footed Prince Fielder. Then pesky Ian Desmond (3 for 4 today, 4 for 8 and 4 walks for the series) laced a single to center. Fortunately, Latos retired Mitch Moreland and limited the damage to a single run.

Rangers pitcher Derek Holland handled the first seven Sox hitters flawlessly. He then fell behind Dioner Navarro and the catcher made him pay. Navarro hit a 3-2 pitch into the left field bleachers to tie the game at 1. In the 4th inning Todd Frazier, who seems to be coming out of his slump, hit a rocket into the left field corner. Unfortunately, it took a friendly carom to Ryan Rua who fired on target to second. Frazier slid in and beat the throw, but Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor pushed Frazier's hand off the base. The vision-challenged umpiring crew did not catch the infraction, and Frazier was called out to end the inning.

The Sox got to Holland in the 5th due to some uncharacteristic wildness. Melky Cabrera walked to start the inning, and Brett Lawrie shot a double to right. The first real Sox threat unnerverd Holland, as he threw a wild pitch, scoring Cabrera and moving Lawrie to third. After Jerry Sands walked, Navarro drove in his second run of the day on a fly ball to left.

The Sox trademarks this season have been scoring late-inning runs and two-out runs. Those trends continued today. Texas reliver Alex Claudio gave up a one-out double to Jose Abreu. After Claudio retired Frazier on a grounder, he walked Melky. That set the stage for Brett Lawrie, who hit Claudio's first offering into center, scoring Abreu. Sox relievers Zach Duke and Nate Jones held the Rangers scoreless in the 7th and 8th. Then David Robertson bounced back big-time after yesterday's blown save by striking out the side in the Rangers 9th. The Sox sweep of the AL West leaders propelled them to the American League's best record with 13 wins and only 6 losses. Tomorrow's road trip takes the Sox to AL East leaders Toronto and Baltimore. Monday's game against the Blue Jays starts at 6:07 pm on Comcast Sports Net.

That's all folks:
 The Sox team optimism in the face of hitting adversity mirrors Rocky's outlook on life.

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