Derek Holland still hasn’t found a middle ground. It’s either feast or famine when he’s on the mound.
Holland struggled against the White Sox on Sunday afternoon, allowing five runs over 3 1/3 innings. When it was over, Chicago had a 10-0 victory over Texas in the three-game series finale at U.S. Cellular Field. It was the first time the Rangers have been shutout since July 24.
Holland got through the first two innings, but ran into trouble in the third. Juan Pierre led off with an infield single, and then Brent Lillibridge belted a two-run homer. After getting two outs, Holland issued two walks and both scored on a double by Alejandro De Aza.
It was a 40-pitch third inning for Holland, and he retired only one batter in the fourth before leaving the game.
The Rangers couldn’t get anything going against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd. They managed only three hits – all singles - off him. Floyd went seven-plus innings with one walk and four strikeouts.
It was an unfitting end to the 10-game road trip in which Texas went 7-3.