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Role reversal: Rangers beat Sox in walk-off fashion

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Comeback offense succeeds again ... but the bullpen boofs it

MLB: Spring Training-Seattle Mariners at Chicago White Sox
Spanked: Eloy gave the White Sox their first lead, with a two-run homer in the second inning.
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It was bound to happen some time, but Saturday was the day that Chicago’s cardiac kid approach this spring fell short — 7-6 to the Texas Rangers.

The White Sox actually did rally to take a 6-4 lead in the top of the eighth, but this time around, the bullpen couldn’t make the margin stand. A single-double-single smattering among two outs off of José Ruiz tied the game in the eighth, and a leadoff homer in the ninth by Blake Swihart off of Bryan Mitchell sealed the win for Texas.

But hey, how about we take some looks at some sexy Sox stuff? Eloy Jiménez’s home run in the second inning, with professional (Texas) radio call first, footage from the stands by our Sean Williams second.

And now, hey, how about some Luis Robert action? Without saying it, the Rangers radio team is likening this to a Dick Allen or Frank Thomas screamer:

All in all, it wasn’t a bad day for the White Sox. The hitting was solid, and the lineup kept it under 10 Ks (barely: nine). Four White Sox pitchers (starter Drew Anderson, Tyler Johnson, Mitchell and Ruiz) got touched up, but three had very solid outings: Adalberto Mejía with 3 Ks in 1 ⅓, Tanner Banks with a hit and a K in an inning, and PHEW! Carson Fulmer with 2 Ks over 1 ⅔ innings.

Some other miscellany, courtesy of Sean and another of our staffers, Kim Contreras:

Poll

Who was the MVP of today’s 7-6 loss to the Rangers?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Jaycob Brugman (1-for-1, pinch-hit three-run homer)
    (19 votes)
  • 2%
    Eloy Jiménez (1-for-3, two-run homer, K)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Adalberto Mejía (1 ⅓ IP, 3 Ks)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Daniel Palka (1-for-2, R, BB, SB)
    (1 vote)
  • 84%
    Luis Robert (2-for-3, HR, SB, K)
    (121 votes)
144 votes total Vote Now

Tomorrow, the White Sox head down to Tempe Diablo Stadium to take on the Angels at 2:10 CT. No broadcast for the White Sox, but the Angels have it on TV and radio, if that’s worth anything to you. Year of the Hamster takes our coverage, and Joe Resis is on the case for SSHP.