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Thoughts on a 9-7 Rangers loss

White Sox 9, Rangers 7

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White Sox 9, Rangers 7

  • We talked earlier this week about Dane Dunning’s success this year, and how he has succeeded by junking his four seamer and commanding his sinker and slider very well. This was an example of what happens when Dunning’s command is poor.
  • Dunning kept the White Sox off the board for the first two innings, though he walked a pair, which is out of character. Things then fell apart in the third, as the White Sox batted around, Dunning gave up 7 hits, and Chris Woodward turned to Kolby Allard to get the final out of the inning.
  • Allard got the Rangers through the fifth inning on 50 pitches, striking out a pair and allowing a run on four hits before turning things over to Kyle Cody. Cody continued his rough start to the year, allowing three runs in three innings of work, bumping his ERA on the year to 7.94.
  • On the plus side, the offense showed up. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, moved to the second spot amidst a slump, had three hits and a stolen base. Willie Calhoun had a hit and a walk. Nick Solak had a home run.
  • Oh, and there’s that Adolis guy. Adolis Garcia had two more home runs, continuing to astound and amaze. He’s slashing .268/.302/.707 on the year. I don’t get it, but I’m not going to try to right now. I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts.
  • Kyle Cody topped out at 96.6 mph. Kolby Allard hit 93.2, while Dane Dunning reached 91.4.
  • Nick Solak’s homer was 103.0 off the bat, but he exceeded that with a 105.3 mph EV line out double play in the 7th. Adolis Garcias home runs were 104.1 and 102.1 mph. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had singles of 101.7 and 100.3 mph. And Willie Calhoun had a 101.5 mph single.