Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Chicago White Sox 19, Texas Rangers 2
Rangers suffer blowout of epic proportions.
The Texas Rangers suffered one of the most lopsided defeats in franchise history Tuesday night in Chicago, losing 19-2 to the White Sox in the first game of a three-game series. The loss dropped Texas to 50-31, still the best record in the majors and five games ahead of the LA Angels for first place in the AL West. Chicago improved to 43-37.
Rangers starter Roy Oswalt was horrendous in his third start for the team, allowing 11 runs on 13 hits over just four-plus innings. Oswalt, who walked one while striking out four, fell to 2-1 on the year and saw his ERA rise from 4.26 to 7.79. The Texas bullpen wasn't much better, as two relievers combined to allow eight more runs in just three-plus innings.
New addition Kevin Youkilis led the charge, hitting a two-run home run in his first at-bat with the team since getting traded from the Boston Red Sox. Youkilis continued to pour on the offense, going 3-for-6 with four RBI and three runs scored. All told, Chicago amassed 21 hits, including four home runs, three of which were hit off Oswalt in the first inning.
White Sox starter Chris Sale cruised to the easiest victory of the year, giving up just one run over seven-plus innings for his seventh straight win. Sale is now 10-2 on the year with a sterling 2.19 ERA.
Texas' only offense came long after the game was settled, when Elvis Andrus hit a two-run double in the top of the eighth that scored Craig Gentry and Mike Napoli and turned a 19-0 shellacking into a 19-2 blowout.