The game started with the Chicago White Sox hoping to get back to .500, and ended in a heartbreaker of a one-run loss, 6-5 to the Texas Rangers.
Leury García started the game with a single, and Yoán Moncada put runners on the corners and nobody out. An out later, Yonder Alonso walked on four straight pitches out of the zone to fill the bases. Eloy Jiménez struck out to double the total outs for the inning. However, Tim Anderson bailed Eloy out with bases-clearing double to right-center field!
Yolmer Sánchez continued the two-out damage with a double of his own! He drove home Tim, and the Good Guys were up, 4-0.
With a mere 33 pitches, Texas starter Lance Lynn found his way out of the first inning.
The Rangers fired back with some two-out damage of their own off of Odrisamer Despaigne. Elvis Andrus singled, and Nomar Mazara launched a towering home run to right field to put the Rangers on the board, 4-2.
A single to Willie Calhoun followed the homer, and Asdrubal Cabrera walked. Logan Forsythe doubled Calhoun home, but after a Charlie Tilson-Sánchez-Zack Collins relay, Cabrera was thrown out at the plate. The Sox kept the lead at 4-3, but Despaigne took 34 pitches to escape, and looked awful after his first two outs.
The Rangers challenged the play at the plate, but they lost and were without their only challenge for the rest of the ballgame. (Spoiler Alert: It did not come back to haunt them.)
Surprisingly, the second inning flew by, but in the third, Mazara’s bat launched a ball for a solo home run to tie the game at four.
(Nomar Mazara really likes the White Sox.)
On the bright side, the South Siders had another great relay (Tilson-Sánchez-Moncada) to nail Calhoun at third, who tried to turn a double into a triple.
Two assists for Sanchez in this game.— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) June 23, 2019
After giving up a hit to start the fourth, Despaigne got the hook. Odrisamer pitched three-plus innings, surrendered eight hits (two of the home run variety), and gave up four runs. He threw 38 of his 68 pitches for strikes, and the third time out was not the charm. As Ariana Grande would say, “Thank [yo]u, next.”
On the bright side, Anderson, after missing a grand slam in the first, homered to straightaway center field to break the tie and make it 5-4, Sox! There’s the Stick Talk!
So, how was Tim not voted into the top three for the All-Star Game?
Josh Osich pitched a clean, outstanding 2 1⁄3 innings, which was a nice chaser to Despaigne’s short performance. Evan Marshall replaced Osich with one out in the sixth, and he did not follow in Osich’s footsteps.
Marshall gave up a walk and three straight singles, allowing the Rangers to tie the game at five. Unfortunately, Marshall ruined his perfect 17 1⁄3 straight scoreless innings to start his year (and career) with the Sox.
The damage continued when the Rangers took their first lead of the night with an RBI single from Delino DeShields. Luckily, Leury nailed the runner at the plate for the second out of the inning and limit the damage to one run, 6-5 Rangers.
Leury Garica provided Zack Collins with some action at the plate in his 1st start at catcher! pic.twitter.com/tFgoKcQqLq— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) June 23, 2019
Nine outfield assists for Leury Garcia, which leads the Majors— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) June 23, 2019
Juan Minaya took over for Marshall and induced a ground out to José Abreu to end the inning.
Overall, the Good Guys couldn’t find their late-inning magic, so they dropped to 36-38. The South Side offense was great to start, and their defense was incredibly steady throughout. Unfortunately, its starting pitcher couldn’t match with a positive of his own.
The White Sox look to take the series tomorrow. Iván Nova (3-5, 6.01 ERA) will start, and his mound opponent will be Adrian Sampson (5-4, 4.40 ERA). WGN has the broadcast and radio for the 2:05 CT game. As for SSS, Leigh Allen will have your coverage.
Let’s turn it around and get that series victory! It’s June in Texas and it’s going to be sunny, so let’s hope that the sunglasses emoji can make an appearance!