Texas Rangers' bullpen falters in 10th against White Sox
07/04/2012 11:43 PM
03/24/2013 1:08 AM
CHICAGO -- Mike Adams felt in control. He locked in during a perfect ninth inning and started the 10th with two strikes on Alejandro De Aza.
De Aza fouled the second pitch off his right knee, and went to the ground. He stayed there for a few minutes, long enough that Adams needed to throw a couple of warmup pitches before play resumed.
By then, though, Adams had lost his ability to get back in the zone. He wound up walking De Aza, and after De Aza stole second, Kevin Youkilis delivered a game-winning RBI single to send the White Sox to a 5-4 walkoff victory against the Rangers in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.
Afterward, Adams wasn't too pleased with the length of the injury delay for De Aza.
"It was almost like icing the kicker," Adams said. "It cooled me off and I wasn't able to get that sharpness I needed back.... You either get out of the game or stay in the game, one way or another. Nothing I can do about it. I just have to do a better job of staying with it and staying focused."
Youkilis, the newest member of the White Sox, fouled off the first five pitches he saw from Adams. He held up on a checked-swing before delivering the game-winning drive to left-center on the ninth pitch of the at-bat.
The White Sox have won the first two games of the three-game series, snapping the Rangers' streak of seven consecutive winning series.
The Rangers had taken a 3-0 lead in the first. Josh Hamilton started a two-out rally with a single, Michael Young had a two-run double and Nelson Cruz had an RBI single.
The lead was short-lived, though.
Chicago scored four runs off Texas starter Scott Feldman in the second. Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez had RBI singles, and Gordon Beckham added a two-run double.
The Rangers tied it at 4-4 in the third when Hamilton swatted his 26th home run of the season.
Feldman then settled down and ended his night with four scoreless innings and the game still tied at 4-4 after the sixth.
"Giving up the four-spot there after we put up three wasn't the ideal situation, but I was able to make better pitches after that," Feldman said.
The Rangers liked their chances when it became a battle of the bullpens, too.
Tanner Scheppers retired one batter in the seventh and Robbie Ross worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. He struck out Adam Dunn with two on to end the seventh, then worked a 1-2-3 eighth, lowering his season ERA to 0.99.
"These are two teams with good pitching, and obviously the pitching stepped up in the middle part of the game," Young said. "One of those games you love being the home team and getting the last crack at it."
The Rangers didn't put much pressure on the White Sox relievers the final three innings, as all nine batters went down in order.
In the 10th, Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Young saw a combined seven pitches, and the two White Sox batters in the 10th each saw more than seven pitches in their at-bats.
"They fought for their at-bats and they fouled some pitches off and that's the way it went," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We lost. You can sit here and try to dice it any way you want. We got beat. We certainly didn't give it to them."
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