4/6/12- Today was opening day for both the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers, with the Rangers winning the game, 3-2. This was the first game for new Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura and the first Opening Day start for John Danks.
It was a very well pitched game on both sides. Rangers’ starter Colby Lewis went 6 innings giving up only 2 runs on 7 hits with 9 strikeouts and 1 walk. White Sox starter John Danks went 6 innings while giving up 3 earned runs on 6 hits with 6 strikeouts and no walks. Rangers’ relievers Alexi Ogando, Mike Adams and closer Joe Nathan combined for 3 innings pitched, only giving up 1 hit and striking out 4. Addison Reed and Matt Thornton each pitched an inning and didn’t allow a hit, while Reed struck out one.
Ian Kinsler dominated Danks today going 2-4 while leading off the game with a double and then scoring on a sac fly by Josh Hamilton and hitting his first home run of the season. The White Sox tied the game at 2 in the top of the 6th inning after Adam Dunn got the White Sox on the board with a solo home run and Alexei Ramirez drove in Alex Rios who scored from first base. Then in the bottom of the 6th inning, Michael Young drove in Hamilton with a single to take the lead right back.
Even though the White Sox out hit the Rangers, the Sox offense was pretty bad. They struck out 13 times, while leaving 7 runners on base and going 0-7 with RISP. Brent Morel had a horrible day at the plate going 0-4 with 4 strikeouts with 3 LOB and had an error in the field. Gordon Beckham started the season on a down note going 1-4 with 3 strikeouts. Paul Konerko was the only White Sox with 2 hits, going 2-4. Dayan Viciedo went 1-4 with a double.
The White Sox will take on the Rangers tomorrow night at 7:05, with Jake Peavy going for the White Sox and Derek Holland will start for the Rangers.