In the game-two finale of the Chicago versus Texas series the Rangers had the lead early and lost it. Unfortunately I am unable to put together my own recap this morning. Here is the recap from MLB.com by Bradford Doolittle –
By all appearances, the White Sox were in a gift-giving mood on Tuesday, but in the end it was the Rangers’ generosity that decided the game.
After Chicago’s Brent Morel erased a 3-0 Texas lead with a three-run homer in the fifth, a wild pitch by Rangers reliever Cody Eppley allowed the go-ahead run to score in the eighth, and the White Sox beat the Rangers, 4-3, to salvage a split in the two-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
“I think when Morel hit that three-run bomb, it just changed the momentum right there,” said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “Anything but that — double, single — anything but three-run bomb. But that’s the way baseball goes.”
Morel’s two-out shot came off Rangers starter Matt Harrison, who looked dominant at times, but seemed to lose command just enough to get him in trouble. Harrison had walked Chicago’s Carlos Quentin and Alex Rios earlier in the inning.
“Even though I made that mistake to Morel, if I make that mistake without the walks, it was a three-run ballgame,” said Harrison. “That was the whole key to the game, that inning there with the two bad walks. We had the momentum there and I let them back into the game.”
Morel’s homer ended Texas’ string of 13 2/3 scoreless innings to start the two-game series. The Rangers’ Colby Lewis shut out the White Sox on five hits on Monday.
“Just the same as always,” said Morel. “He threw me a little slider down and in and I was trying to stay on the ball. Luckily, I got a fastball over the plate. Mistake pitch. I was fortunate to get that one.”
Harrison recovered from Morel’s big blow to retire the next six batters. He left the game after the seventh, having allowed three hits and three runs, walking four and striking out six. Harrison has walked nine batters over his last two starts, and has walked at least three in five of his eight outings this season.
“It’s definitely frustrating. I felt good the whole game,” said Harrison, whose fastball registered in the upper 90s on several occasions. “The fact of the matter is I walked too many people tonight.”
For the rest of Doolittle’s recap check out the story here-