Chicago White Sox Beat the Texas Rangers 4-3

By Adam Sager

The Chicago White Sox were able to get their first win of this young season over the Texas Rangers Saturday night by the final score of 4-3.  This was Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura’s first victory with his new club.

Jake Peavy was hit very hard through the first four innings, then he settled down to end with a respectable line of 6 innings pitched giving up 3 earned runs on 8 hits with 5K’s and 1B.  Texas Ranger’s starting pitcher Derek Holland was good as he went 6 innings while allowing 3 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 5 and walking 3 hitters.  The bullpen was good again for the White Sox as Will Ohman, Addison Reed, Matt Thornton and Hector Santiago combined for 3 innings pitched with only 2 hits allowed.  So far so good for both starting pitchers the White Sox have called on in John Danks and Peavy.  They both have quality starts against arguably the best offense in baseball.

Paul Konerko started the scoring with a RBI single in the 1st inning scoring Alejandro De Aza. Then in the bottom of the 2nd inning, Mike Napoli drove in Michael Young with a single to left field.  Paul Konerko struck again with a 2 run double in the 3rd plating Brent Lillibridge and Adam Dunn.  Then Peavy gave the lead right back after a lead off triple for Ian Kinsler who scored on a single by Elvis Andrus.  Then Andrus scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Beltre.  Finally after the pitchers took over, Alex Rios takes a high fastball from Joe Nathan and hits it over the center field fence for his first home run of the season to take the lead 4-3.

Finally manager Robin Ventura got to call on his closer, and he chose young left hander Hector Santiago.  Moreland hit a bloop into short center field where Alexei Ramirez makes a sliding over the shoulder catch.  Kinsler grounds out to Alexei on Santiago’s screwball.  Then Santiago got Andrus to fly out to right fielder Alex Rios to notch his first career save and get Ventura his first managerial victory.

Next up the White Sox and Rangers will meet on ESPN for Sunday Night Baseball.  Gavin Floyd will take on Matt Harrison in the rubber match of this opening series.

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