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Rangers 7, White Sox 4
- Another rubber game is won, and Texas is back to six games over 500.
- Adrian Sampson started today and needed a good outing after two bad outings to dispel concerns that he would return to Earth. And Sampson delivered … 7 IP, 7 hits, 1 step, 1 run and 4 Ks. He lowered his ERA to 4.14 a year.
- Even so, Sampson made a lot of contact today, including six in-game balls that had an exit speed of at least 100 miles per hour. There were 3 GIDPs behind him and only 4 Ks. So … if you were worried about Sampson being able to sustain his early success in the present day, this trip might not have been too reassuring.
- For Texas, it went badly up on the 8th. Chris Woodward took a 5-1 lead over rookie Peter Fairbanks, who was solid all year round. Fairbanks started the inning, but allowed a single and a walk, and after an F8 for the first exit another single invited the bases. Fairbanks prevailed 3: 2 against James McCann and missed a slider to force him into the race. Team rookie Brett Martin then came into the game and gave up a line drive that Delino DeShields had misplayed for a two-run two-base mistake. Suddenly, the Rangers had a 5: 4 lead in a low-stress game with two runners in goal and only one residue behind.
- Martin managed to excite Yonder Alonso for the second residue and then Woodward went to rescue Shawn Kelley for the Four. Kelley got Tim Anderson to swing, to get out of the inning, and after a few insurance runs on the 9th to release the ChiSox on the 9th to save.
- The Rangers got their first five runs ahead of schedule, scoring 4 times per second on a Rougned Odor Double, a Delino DeShields Sac Motley, a Ronald Guzman Sac Fly, a Tim Federowicz Solo Shot, a Shin-Soo Choo on one E-3 and then a Danny Santana bomb. The fifth race took place in the third, when Nomar Mazara doubled and met on a DeShields single.
- Texas's offense largely stagnated thereafter until Elvis scored the second goal and then brought Delino home again to Nomar with another RBI single. These two runs allowed us to relax a bit more on the 9th.
- Delino had one day with three hits, which meant at a time when he was potentially on the go, should be sent down when the Rangers returned to an 8-man bullpen, and Nomar continued his glowing series continue with the double. Guzman, another guy who could possibly land in Nashville when trains have to run, was unmarked.
- Texas has completed the much-discussed 21 games in 20 days with a 12-9 record, which is better than I think most expected. Texas has a rest day tomorrow, before entering the All Star Break on 13 consecutive days.