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Rangers 7, White Sox 4
- Adrian Sampson started out today, and after two bad outings he needed a good exit to suppress fears that he would return to the ground. And Sampson delivered … 7 IP, 7 hits, 1 stroll, 1 mile allowed, and 4 Ks. He released the ERA of the year to 4.14
- Given this, Sampson gave up on very difficult contacts today, including 6 balls in the game, which had a starting speed of at least 100 mph. Behind him were 3 GIDPs and only 4 Ks. So … if you have any concerns about Sampson's ability to maintain his early success today, it may not be so reassuring.
- Things got worse for Texas at the beginning of the eighth. With 5-1 Lead, Chris Woodward went to the rapper Primer Fairbanks, who is stable throughout the year. Fairbanks started the innings, allowing one and one walk, but after F8 for the first exit, another single loaded the bases. Fairbanks reached 3: 2 for James McKan, then missed the slider badly to force him to run. Then Count Martin entered the game and gave up the line that Delino DeShields wrongly played for a two-series mistake. Suddenly, what was a low-stress game saw Rangers keep a 5-4 lead as two runners in the dots position and only one of them.
- Martin managed to beat Yonder Alonso for the second, and then Woodward went Sean Kelly for the four save. Kelly made Tim Anderson swing, get out of the inn, and then, after receiving some insurance in the 9th, keep ChiSox in 9th place for the rescue. , inserting 4 times in the second pair of Rougned Smell, Delino DeShields pouch, Ronald Guzman fly fly, Tim Federowicz's solo shot, Shin-Soo Choo reached the E-3, and then the Danny Santana bomb. The fifth run came in third when Nomar Mazara doubled and scored in the DeShields single.
- Texas's crime largely stalled afterwards until the 9th, when Elvis stole and stole second, scored another double Nomar, then Delino brought home Nomar again with another RBI single. These two paths allowed us to relax a little more in the 9th.
- Delino had a 3-day day, meaningful at a time when he was potentially on the bubble to be sent down when the Rangers returned to 8 men, and Nomar continued his red hot series with the pair of couples. Guzman, another person who might have been in Nashville when he had to make moves was impersonal.
- Texas ended the much-discussed 21 games in 20 days with 12-9 records, which is better than I think most expected. Texas already has a tomorrow before playing 13 consecutive days by joining the All Star Break.