We apologize for this being repetitive, but the White Sox insist on continuing their unprofessional, out-of-sync style of baseball that has wow'ed us throughout the first month of the regular season. Nonetheless, here's a complete breakdown of what transpired Tuesday night in Texas …
It's unfortunate that the last few games have had to last nine innings, because if they didn't the Sox would have pulled out a win or two and actually kept us entertained.
The south siders got off to a quick start in the first inning against the Rangers' Yu Darvish, as Alex Rios drove in Tyler Greene, who tripled (pictured above, H/T Getty Images), to get the team on the board quickly. A Paul Konerko two-out RBI bloop single to right field drove in Rios before Conor Gillaspie doubled to put ducks on the pond and Alexei Ramirez stranded 'em there.
Jose Quintana got off to a fine too, hurling three scoreless innings to start the game. Although he had to work over some base runners, it looked like he'd be able to put together yet another Buehrle-like performance, if you will.
But then he hit the 'wall' that he's known to run into once in a while in the fourth inning when Nelson Cruz and Jeff Baker (pictured to the right, H/T Getty Images) hit back-to-back solo home runs off of him to tie the game at two runs apiece.
After the Sox went quietly in the top of the fifth inning, the Rangers came out hot once again, smacking four base hits to bring home two more runs and all of the sudden Jose Quintana was poised to take a if the outcome would hold.
But the White Sox did, as you have to give them at least some credit for doing, kept fighting, as DeWayne Wise took a Yu Darvish ephis-pitch yard, bringing home Hector Gimenez (reached on fielders' choice after a Conor Gillaspie walk) to tie the game at four.
But I won't tease you any longer; from there on out, things did not go well.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, things got really ugly really quickly.
Matt Lindstrom came in to relieve starter Jose Quintana and did a nice job of retiring the leadoff man, Jeff Baker. But after a walk to Geovanny Soto, he departed for lefty specialist Donnie Veal, who also did not do his job, letting up a deep double to Mitch Moreland to score Soto, giving Texas the lead once again.
And just to add insult to injury, a throwing mistake getting the ball back in helped Moreland advance to third base. Then it was Nate Jones' turn to join the circus.
Jones got a quick out but then let up an Ian Kinsler RBI single, an Elvis Andrus single, walked Lance Berkman … all before throwing two wild pitches that each brought home another Ranger run. Before the inning was over, Adrian Beltre added a two-run home run (pictured below, H/T Getty Images), and out of nowhere Texas was leading, 10-4
Despite the Sox adding a run in the seventh inning on an Adam Dunn opposite field home run, his sixth of the season, and Alexei scoring on a wild pitch in the eight, the Rangers still went on to win easily, 10-6.
Overall this year, we'd still have to say the bullpen has been good. But the last few games that has not been the case one bit, and for a team that isn't hitting too consistently or timely and can't field to save their lives, they surely cannot afford to have another aspect of the team fall by the wayside.
Sooner or later, we just have to hope one of these ugly, ugly losses really gets to the team and helps them turn it around. We know they can field better, but it's getting to that time – put up or shut up time.
Hopefully the Sox can give themselves a chance to win the series on Thursday by capturing a win on Wednesday, as our ace, Chris Sale takes on Rangers' youngster Nick Tepesch.