When the series finale started on Thursday between the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers, the tempature read 102 degrees. But neither starting pitcher, Jose Quintana for the White Sox and Matt Harrison for the Rangers cared what the weather was like, they were dominant. Quintana was able to out duel Harrison to complete the sweep 2-1.
The scoring got started in the top of the fourth inning when Adrian Beltre hit a single to drive in Ian Kinsler who was Jose Quintana’s only walk on the day. The White Sox came right back in the bottom of the fourth when Alexei Ramirez grounded out to third baseman Beltre, but Kevin Youkilis was able to score from third. Then the hot hitting Youkilis came up in the bottom of the sixth and was able to take a Matt Harrison offering into the Rangers’ bullpen in right field for his second home run with the White Sox.
Jose Quintana was just flat out dominant over what some call the best offense in baseball. Quintana’s line was (8IP, 2H, 1BB, 8K, 1ER) which was good enough to push him to 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA here in 2012. Matt Harrison was very good as well with a (CG, 8IP, 8H, 1BB, 5K, 2ER) to drop his record to 11-4 with a 3.10 ERA.
The White Sox had eight hits with eight different players get 1 hit apiece, only Dayan Viciedo didn’t collect a hit. Closer Addison Reed came in for the bottom of the ninth inning and struck out two to record his 12th save of the season and dropping his ERA to 3.90.
The White Sox will now welcome the Toronto Blue Jays in for a 3 game series leading into the All Star break.