Rangers’ right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis got the start, striking out 9 White Sox batters in 6 innings, walking 1, and giving up just two earned runs.
With the score tied at 2, Alexi Ogando came in to face 3 batters, striking out all 3 as the Rangers’ bullpen went on to pitch three scorelss innings, securing the win for Texas.
Joe Nathan got his first save as the Rangers’ closer, and the Texas pitching staff combined for 13 strikeouts, a new club Opening Day record.
Second baseman Ian Kinsler had a strong start to the season, going 2-4 and scoring the first two runs of a day with a lead-off double in the first and a home-run in the third.
Josh Hamilton was 2-3 on the day, with 1 run and 1 RBI.
Rangers’ clean-up batter Michael Young got his only hit of the game in the sixth inning, but it was a big one, as he knocked in what would prove to be the game-winning run.
Mike Napoli and Nelli Cruz were both held hitless on the day.
Former Texas Ranger No. 1 draft pick, John Danks, took the mound for the White Sox, pitching six innings and giving up all three Rangers’ runs.
Since last year’s Opening Day, the Rangers’ bullpen has undergone a complete overhaul, with Matt Harrison being the only current pitcher on the roster who was with the team to begin the season last year.
There is an entire season to be played, but it looks like the Rangers’ pitching staff will be a strong one.
Hopefully, for Rangers fans, today is a good sign of things to come.