Nineteen runs. Twenty-one hits. All of the starters scored a run and got a hit except for one. Chris Sale cruised to his tenth victory. And the White Sox didn’t lay an egg in the first game home after a road trip.
Yes, it was a good night for the White Sox. It all started with Alejandro De Aza getting a hit to lead off the game. Then Chicago’s new favorite third baseman Kevin Youkilis went boom right away. Big Donkey apparently wanted in on that action right away and he went boom back-to-back with Youk. All told the Sox would score four runs in the first inning.
Turns out, that was all that would be needed as Chris went out in the second and shut the Rangers down. The Rangers wouldn’t get a hit until the fourth inning when Josh Hamilton hit a single to right field. At first, it looked like Alex Rios caught the ball, but it was ruled he didn’t so the Rangers broke up the no-hitter. Of course, the Sox kept pouring on the runs and added more in the second inning, fifth and seventh innings. The Rangers wouldn’t get on the board until the eighth inning.
The first run was charged to Chris. The other to Brian Omogrosso who made his home debut tonight pitching 1.2 innings. White Sox pitching looked good. Of course, it will when you get the hit and run support from your hitters.
For the Rangers, Roy Oswalt was just bad. I thought he was going to be gone after three innings, but he did manage to stick around into the fifth inning. However, he didn’t make it out of the fifth lasting just 4.2 innings. I’m sure the heat might have been a factor, but everyone had to play in the same weather. He just didn’t have it and fortunately the Sox took advantage in a big way.
Tomorrow night, the two teams will go at it again. Let’s hope the Sox keep pouring it on. One man who had a big night was AJ Pierzynski. I have no doubt he was feeling quite gleeful with his 3-for-5 night with three RBI including a double and his 15th home run of the year. Perhaps a little thumb at Ron Washington? Who knows, but GO WHITE SOX!