The White Sox are having one of the worst seasons for a team at their home ballpark ever (just 4-16 coming into tonight) and they just guaranteed a series split with the Rangers at worst, so...
The problem for Texas was, unlike last night when they kept piling on insurance runs any time the White Sox looked stubborn enough to mount a rally, tonight they scored three early runs and just called it an evening as the White Sox eventually overtook them.
Texas had eight baserunners in the first three innings, including three doubles, and only came away with the aforementioned three runs. For the rest of the night, the Rangers were held to just two more hits.
Player of the Game: No one would confuse Ariel Jurado’s debut for a particularly good outing but, for a guy making what basically amounted to an emergency start straight from Double-A ball, it wasn’t horrible either.
Jurado got through the first two innings of his big league career unscathed but fell apart in the third after Texas had staked him to a 3-0 lead. Jurado allowed four White Sox runs in the frame before bouncing back for a scoreless fourth. Jurado pitched into the fifth before he was lifted with two outs and 85 pitches.
Overall, Jurado gave Texas 4 2⁄3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. Unfortunately for him, the lineup stopped scoring runs so he was saddled with the loss.
Usually the losing pitcher with the career ERA of 7.71 wouldn’t be your PotG but, I mean, it’s not like any of these other chumps were doing anything of note.
Up Next: The Rangers and White Sox close out this series with Mike Minor set to make the start against RHP Reynaldo Lopez for Chicago. First pitch from Guaranteed Rate Field is scheduled for 1:10 pm CT.