The Rangers lost their second straight to the White Sox last night in extra innings. Texas spotted starter Scott Feldman 3 runs in the first inning, but he promptly gave up 4 runs in the bottom half of the second, losing the lead. Josh Hamilton launched his 26th homerun of the season in the top of 3rd tying it up and neither team could muster another run until Kevin Youkilis singled in Alejandor De Aza from 2nd in the bottom of the 10th inning. Youkilis has been a Ranger killer in the two games they have played since he arrived from the Red Sox. In those two games he is 5 for 10, with 1 homerun, 5 RBIs, and 3 runs scored.
Scott Feldman didn’t get the loss this time, so his record remains 2-6 with a disappointing 6.11 ERA. He had won his previous two starts coming into last night’s game, but he is still giving up an average of 4.1 runs per start while only pitching an average of 4 2/3 innings per start.
A.J. Pierzynski did get to take some of that All-Star frustration out on Mike Napoli during the White Sox’s 4-run 2nd inning. He scored on a collision at the plate after Alexei Ramirez singled to right.
As I write this, the Rangers are trying to prevent the sweep. The game is tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 4th with the White Sox still batting with the bases loaded and 2 outs. Matt Harrison is vying for his league leading 12th win.