Wise goes 4-for-4, but Rangers outslug White Sox 10-6
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org April 30, 2013 10:50PM
Updated: April 30, 2013 10:57PM
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The first month of the season has passed and the White Sox are still searching for their offense. On the last night of April and the first of their second road trip, their pitching and defense were missing in action, too.
Jose Quintana gave up four runs in five innings before the Sox bullpen imploded in a horrific six-run sixth inning for the Rangers, who defeated the Sox 10-6.
The Sox nicked Yu Darvish (5-1) for four runs over six innings, including a two-run homer by Dewayne Wise -- who was 4-for-4 with a triple and two singles filling in for late scratch Jordan Danks (knee), but the sox played shoddy defense behind starter Quintana (2-1). Second baseman Tyler Greene threw away a double play chance and Alejandro De Aza turned Ian Kinsler’s double into a triple to help Texas build a 4-2 lead. After Wise tied it with his homer in the sixth, the Rangers scored six in their half of the inning to build a 10-4 lead. Sox relievers Matt Lindstrom, Donnie Veal and Nate Jones participated in the sixth, Jones taking the biggest pounding with two wild pitches that scored runs a home run by Adrian Beltre.
Adam Dunn homered to left field in the seventh against Tanner Sheppers. For the Sox, six runs was kind of a big deal, even in defeat.
Aside from ranking fourth in home runs with 29 going into Tuesday’s game, the Sox ranked 13th, 14th or 15th among 15 American League teams in just about every other important offensive category: Runs per game (3.46), average (.229), slugging percentage (.382), on-base percentage (.280) and average with runners in scoring position (.188).
“I just think we’re trying too hard,’’ hitting coach Jef Manto said before the game. “We’ve got guys who really care. They really care about winning. They care about their at-bats. They care about their teammates. Once they settle down and keep their feet underneath them I think we’ll see a whole different approach.’’