G98: Rangers take Saturday’s game against White Sox, 3-1

John Koronka started this game, and after the first inning I don’t think many people would have thought he would have gone as deep as he did (6 innings). Koronka threw something like 35 pitches in the first inning. He walked the bases full, but escaped with no runs scored. I don’t remember how many pitches he threw in the second, but it was a lot there too. Koronka ended up throwing 100 pitches in all, and gave up just three hits and one run in all. Not a bad outing given how I thought it was going to be at the start.
Our bullpen was quite good too – four guys going three innings, and giving up just two hits and no runs. That’s just 5 hits total to the World Champs.
On the other side, we only had one more hit than Chicago did. Freddy Garcia pitched a great game too, going 7 innings, giving up just 4 hits and one run. In fact, it was tied 1-1 going into the ninth.
Ozzie Guillen sent out his closer to presumably keep us off the board, so they could win in the bottom of the ninth. Didn’t work out that way, as we loaded the bases up, and then came All Star Game MVP Mike Young – he got one of his usual base hits to right scoring two, and giving us the win.
Otsuka got the save, and the Rangers took the series in Chicago, so let’s see if I can break out the sweep graphic for the first time in awhile tomorrow.