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G48: Rangers muscle the White Sox to a 6-2 win Friday

While our winning streak to this point was really nice (who can totally argue with 6 in a row), I think most Ranger fans were leery of the fact that it was against the Kansas City Royals (arguably the worst team in the AL), and against the Houston Astros (who after our series were 2-19 on the road). So I think it was with a decent sense of concern that we entered the White Sox series on Friday night. Now this isn’t the same White Sox, as they were running out their version of Chris Young (our starter), Brandon McCarthy. Both of these guys are considerations for Rookie of the Year. So it wasn’t like Kenny Rogers vs. Jon Garland. Still, it’s a way better team than our last two opponents were, and that made for some concern, I would think.
We started off fine, with a home run by Mark Teixeira in the first inning. Was a line shot over the right field fence, and it kind of set a tone. We then picked up a second run with another home run in the bottom of the second, this time by Soriano, who appears to have heated up nicely lately. McCarthy got under control and kept it at 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning. It was then we experienced another power surge. After a (shock! – gasp) Dellucci walk, Mike Young jacked the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for a two run home run to put us up 4-0. Blalock singled to right, and the Soriano golfed another pitch right over the right field wall for an opposite field two run home run, putting us up 6-0. All six of our runs this evening came on the long ball.
And all along, Chris Young was keeping the White Sox off the scoreboard. That is, until the seventh when he gave up a solo home run to Paul Konerko. Chris Young went another inning after that for a total of 8 innings pitched. He gave up just the lone run on a homer, and striking out five with no walks. An extremely great performance, and it carried on the excellent starting pitching we’ve gotten the last week or so. Brocail came on for the 9th, gave up a run, and then had some guys on base, so Cordero came on for one of those cheap saves, where it’s based off of guys on deck. Still, a win is a win, and a save is a save, so I’ll take both.
A truer test comes Saturday when we send Chan Ho Park against Jon Garland, Chicago’s best pitcher at the moment. I think most people would say we have no chance here, but we had no chance last Sunday when Park went against Oswalt, and we see how that turned out. Granted, the White Sox are likely to score more runs for Garland than the Astros scored for Oswalt, but still – I’ve been feeling good about the team, I think we have a shot, even given the enormous drag factor of Chan Ho Park.
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