Chicago White Sox lassoed by Texas Rangers
There isn’t much to say about the game the Chicago White Sox played on Tuesday night except there is always tomorrow.
The White Sox lost to the Texas Rangers, 15-2, dropping to four games under the .500 mark for the season at 23-27 overall, seven games out of first place in the AL Central.
On this date last season (June 2), the White Sox were 29-30 overall, second in the division, five games out of first place.
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Looking at Tuesday a little closer, of the seven total hits on the night for the White Sox, they totaled just one extra base hit, a home run by Adam Eaton in the third inning. Other than that, all of the hits went for a single base. Eaton finished with both White Sox RBIs.
The only White Sox player to have a multi-hit game was Gordon Beckham, who was 2-for-4.
Needing a “Shark Attack” from Jeff Samardzija on this series opener with the Rangers, it was more like the White Sox received an attack to the “Shark” as the Rangers lassoed the right-hander for nine earned runs on 12 hits and one walk.
This was a big step back for Samardzija, because in his previous three starts before this one he was pitching some of his better baseball of the season, but Tuesday in Arlington he didn’t provide much for the White Sox faithful to cheer for.
Samardzija did strike out four batters but allowed two home runs and saw his season ERA rise to 4.68.
One of those home runs came off the bat of Joey Gallo, who not only hit the third-inning home run, but also had a double in his MLB debut. The rookie finished 3-for-4 with one walk, three runs and four RBIs. Even with all the RBIs and hits, he still left three runners stranded, so even with the White Sox pitching making him look like the next Mike Trout, he had the potential to do even more.
Folks most likely expected more from the White Sox Tuesday, even with Jose Abreu out with the hand injury. None of the White Sox faithful got what they wanted from this game, and as we are now in June, the positive consistent play of the White Sox is nowhere to be found.
Maybe Wednesday will begin the turnaround with Chris Sale on the mound, and Thursday having Carlos Rodon starting the game. Even without Abreu, the team is better than they showed on Tuesday.
Maybe White Sox Vice President Kenny Williams is correct when he described the White Sox play as “embarrassing,” because even with the “revamped” lineup, the White Sox are still in the cellar of the AL Central.