The Rangers’ offense was AWOL once again during a very good pitching performance from Matt Harrison. The Rangers lost 2-1 today in a game where Harrison pitched his second complete game of the season giving up only 2 runs on 8 hits. The offense could only muster 2 hits and 1 run, failing to hand Harrison a league leading 12th win. In 3 out of Harrison’s last 4 starts the best offensive team in the American League has only managed 11 hits and 7 runs, but today was by far their worst performance with Harrison on the hill.
Kevin Youkilis completely owns Texas pitching now that he is with the White Sox. He was 1 for 8 against the Rangers this season with the Red Sox, but since being traded to the lighter color he’s 6 for 13, with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs.
White Sox rookie pitcher Jose Quintana improved to 4-1, pitching a stellar game featuring a breaking ball with two distinctive speeds and excellent control of his fastball. He struck out 8, walked 1, and only allowed two hits. Adrian Beltre drove in the only run for the Rangers when he hit a line drive up the middle that deflected off Quintana into right field. Ian Kinsler scored after having been walked to lead off the inning. That was Quintana’s only walk and the only run he gave up. From that point on he made the Ranger lineup look completely inept.
The Rangers travel back home to finish up the first half of the season in a three game series with the Minnesota Twins. Martin Perez will make his second major league start against Francisco Liriano tomorrow night at 7:05pm CT. On Saturday, Derek Holland will make his first start since going on the disabled list on June 5. Finally, Sunday Roy Oswalt will try to bounce back from his 11 run outing earlier this week with a start against Twins pitcher Cole De Vries.