Instant Rationalization - Floyd survives life on the edge, but White Sox don’t survive Feldman, Rangers

Instant Rationalization  -  Floyd survives life on the edge, but White Sox don’t survive Feldman, Rangers
Do'h! (Layne Murdoch, Getty Images / July 29, 2012)

Gavin Floyd, in what seems to be typical Gavin fashion, gave up seven hits and five walks in just six and two-thirds innings, yet only gave up one earned run.  Unfortunately, that one run was all the Rangers needed behind Scott Feldman, defeating the Sox 2-0.

Texas scored its first run of the ballgame in the third inning, when Alexei Ramirez committed an error on a seemingly routine ground ball, which allowed Josh Hamilton to score.  The Rangers tallied their other run when Michael Young hit an RBI groundout, scoring Nelson Cruz.

Scott Feldman allowed just seven hits in eight innings, striking out five.  The Sox never really got anything going against Feldman, never getting a runner past second base.

Key Performers

Scott Feldman –  8 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 5 K – Feldman had lots of zeroes across his pitching line, not giving up a run or base on balls.

Gavin Floyd – 6 2-3 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 K – Floyd’s line doesn’t look at all pretty until you get to the one earned run part.  He flirted with danger all night, yet survived most every time.

Nelson Cruz – 2-4, 1 R – There weren’t many offensive highlights in this game, so with two hits and a run scored, Cruz make the list of key performers tonight.

Turning Point

With two outs in the bottom of the third inning and runners on the corners, Alexei Ramirez booted a routine ground ball off the bat off Mike Napoli, allowing the Rangers to score an unearned run.  That’s all the Rangers needed and the White Sox offense looked lethargic for the rest of the night.

Things Would Be Different If…

…Scott Feldman didn’t have his best game of the season.  His eight strikeouts tied a career high and only threw 88 pitches over eight innings of work.  Feldman started off the season 0-6, but won his fifth consecutive decision tonight.  As Hawk says, “It’s not who you play, but when you play them.”  The Sox caught Feldman at the wrong time.

Takeaway

The White Sox offense yet again made an adequate pitcher look extremely efficient, swinging early in counts.  It’s a do or die strategy, as there have been many games where the Sox tattoo opposing pitching early and often; yet, there have also been many games like tonight (see most games vs. Rick Porcello).

So when offensive goose eggs happen like tonight, it’s important to remember it’s just part of the hitting strategy employed by hitting coach Jeff Manto.  It can be infuriating at times, but it can also be euphoric.

The Sox have still won five games out of their last six and now head to Minnesota to play the Twins, a team they swept at home earlier this week.  Francisco Liriano will make his White Sox debut against his former club on Wednesday.

Overall Record: 55-46, 1.5 games ahead of Detroit

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