ARLINGTON, TX – The White Sox dropped the rubber match at Globe Life Park to the Texas Rangers Wednesday afternoon. Mat Latos had issues again, as he allowed 5 ER in 5.1 innings of work. Even though the Sox offense was able to hit Rangers starter Cole Hamels, they were still unable to pick up the win. Here is the recap.
3rd Inning (Top): Dioner Navarro led off the inning with a line drive back to Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels, which he knocked down, however threw away. Navarro reached second base on the error (was scored a single and an error). With Tyler Saladino at bat, Navarro reached third on a passed ball. Both Saladino and Adam Eaton were unable to drive home Navarro, leaving the situation up to Austin Jackson with two outs. Jackson drove home Navarro with a single back through the middle. 1-0 White Sox headed to the bottom of the 3rd inning.
3rd Inning (Bottom): Both Ryan Rua and Bobby Wilson hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Rougned Odor would hit into a fielders choice, forcing Willson out at second base. Odor would then steal second, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. Ian Desmond came to bat and promptly singled in Rua, tying the game at one. Omar Mazara was then able to lift a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Odor. 2-1 Rangers headed to the top of the 4th inning.
4th Inning (Top): Leading off the inning, Todd Frazier hit a solo home run to left, evening the score at two. Melky Cabrera then singled, who was followed up with another home run, this of the two-run variety by Brett Lawrie. No more runs would score in that inning. 4-2 White Sox headed to the bottom of the 4th inning.
5th Inning (Bottom): With one out, Ian Desmond worked a walk. Desmond then stole second base, which was followed by another walk to Nomar Mazara. Adrain Beltre then flew out, however Ian Desmond moved up to third base. Price Fielder was able to drive both runs home with a jam shot down the left field line. Tied at four headed to the top of the 6th inning.
6th Inning (Top): Melky Cabrera reached on his second single of the game to lead off the inning. Brett Lawrie followed that with a strikeout, and Avi Garcia reached base on a rare Adrian Beltre error. Dioner Navarro struck out, however Tyler Saladino lined a single into center field to give the Sox a 5-4 lead. That would be the score headed to the bottom the 6th inning.
6th Inning (Bottom): Ryan Rua led off another inning with a single, then stole second, setting up a bunt situation for Bobby Wilson. Wilson laid down a bunt, which advanced Rua to third base. Dan Jennings then came into the ballgame for the White Sox, who induced a popout of Rougned Odor. With only one out needed, Ian Desmond hit a soft single into left center, scoring Drew Stubbs (who ran for Rua). After Nomar Mazara singled, Adrian Beltre put the Rangers back on top, this time 6-5. That would be the final score of the ballgame.
Rangers reliever Jake Diekman was able to retire the first two hitters in order. However, Tyler Saladino and Adam Eaton reached base to put Diekman into a two-on, two-out jam. After Austin Jackson worked the count two 3-1, Diekman was able to come back and strikeout Jackson to end the threat.
In the first inning, White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton picked up another assist when he threw out Nomar Mazara trying to stretch the play into a double. Due to the fact that the ball didn’t get deep enough down the first base line (in the outfield), and that Mazara didn’t get out of the box quickly enough helped Eaton get the assist.
*Todd Frazier: 1-2, HR, RBI, R (left game-dove into stands)
Brett Lawrie: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, R
Melky Cabrera: 2-5, 2 R
*Frazier is listed as day-to-day after receiving five stitches in his lip.
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