Rangers Edge Sox And Claim Series, 2-1

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Missed Opportunities Cost White Sox Win

Gavin Floyd threw seven innings of three hit baseball, giving up just two runs (one earned) but the White Sox still dropped their final game to the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon.

This was thanks to a combination both of excellent pitching on the part of the Rangers starter C.J. Wilson — one run on five hits over 6.1 innings pitched, along with five strikeouts — and also to missed opportunities on the part of the Sox hitters.

The Sox were down for most of the game, as the Rangers took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Gordon Beckham’s error allowed David Murphy to reach to lead off, and he advanced on a ground rule double hit by Yorvit Torrealba. With runners on first and third and no outs, Mitch Moreland hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Murphy, and Ian Kinsler followed with an RBI single scoring Torrealba.

The inning could have been much worse, but Floyd managed to settle down after allowing those two runs and turned in four more shutout innings to keep the Sox in the game. The Sox cut their deficit in half in the top of the 7th on a Paul Konerko RBI single, but couldn’t get another run to tie it despite opportunities in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. Overall the team was just 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

The Sox will continue their road trip as they travel to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays. First pitch in that game will be at 6:07 P.M., CDT.


After Late Victory, White Sox Go For Early Series Win Against Texas

By the time Tuesday night's game against Texas was over in Arlington, it was already Wednesday morning in the Chicago area. The game on Tuesday had a nearly three hour long delay in the middle innings, as a result of severe weather with tornado warnings that moved into the vicinity of the ballpark. Though hail and rain drove many fans away from the ballpark, the White Sox bats managed to stay the night and take a rebound victory against the Rangers 8-6.

The teams will now meet again, just twelve hours later, to play the final game of the series. Gavin Floyd will take on C.J. Wilson in the early game. Floyd has been a strong starter for the Sox, and is 5-3 with a 3.88 ERA and 1.14 WHIP on the season. In his last start, against Cleveland, he gave up just one run on five hits over seven innings. In his career against Texas, Floyd is 1-2 with a 7.85 ERA and 1.96 WHIP. Josh Hamilton is 6-for-7 against Floyd, with two doubles.

Pitching for the Rangers will be C.J. Wilson. Wilson is 4-3 on the season with a 3.42 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. In his last start, an interleague matchup against the Phillies, he struck out ten batters in seven innings. Over his career against the White Sox, Wilson is 2-0 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Carlos Quentin is 2-for-5 with a home run against Wilson, and Alex Rios is 3-for-9 with a double.

The weather in Arlington is expected to be sunny and clear, with a game time temperature in the upper 80s. First pitch is at 1:05 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on CSN.

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