CHICAGO, IL - JULY 04: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers hits a solo-home run against the Chicago White Sox in the third inning on July 4, 2012 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
ChiSox 5, Rangers 4
- I don't know that there's a whole lot to say about tonight's game. It was, all in all, pretty generic and not especially memorable. I'm having a hard time coming up with much in the way of thoughts on it.
- Scott Feldman...even when he pitches well, he doesn't pitch well. Scott Feldman threw 6 innings, allowed 6 hits, a walk, and an HBP, and struck out 4 batters. Those are numbers you'd think would lead to a quality start. But 5 of the 8 baserunners Feldman allowed got on base consecutively in the 2nd inning, resulting in 4 runs. Feldman shut Chicago out over the next 4 innings, but the damage was already done.
- Tanner Scheppers, Robbie Ross and Mike Adams shut the White Sox out through the rest of regulation, with Ross's ERA now dropping to 0.99.
- Mike Adams followed up his perfect 9th, however, with a 10th inning where he retired neither of the two batters he faced, walking De Aza on a 3-2 pitch, allowing a stolen base, and then giving up a walkoff RBI single to Kevin Youkilis to end the game. Michael Kirkman was apparently warming up behind Adams in the 10th, which I find ridiculous. If Adams got into so much trouble in the 10th that Wash was going to have to pull him, why wouldn't you bring Joe Nathan into the game? Yes, it isn't a "save" situation, but with runners on base in a situation where one run ends the game, the leverage is going to be a lot higher in the 10th than in a potential save situation that may never arise.
- Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre, and Michael Young each had two hits, with Hamilton also drawing a walk and including a home run, his 26th on the year, among his pair of hits. No one else did much with the bat for Texas tonight.
- That's all of got. A very bland game.