Rangers 2, White Sox 1
ARLINGTON, Texas, September 18 — It was a low-scoring affair in Arlington on Saturday evening. The Texas Rangers squeaked out a 2–1 victory against the AL Central leading Chicago White Sox. This was a good win for the Rangers. Their record currently sits at 55-93. They’ve obviously been out of the playoff picture for quite some time, but it’s still good to get wins when you can. Right-hander Spencer Howard got the ball for the Texas Rangers in this one. He pitched three innings, and only gave up one hit. He also walked three and struck out three. Howard was handed a no-decision for his effort.
The winning pitcher for Texas was righty Drew Anderson. His record is now 1–1 on the year. Joe Barlow came in to pitch the ninth and got the save. It was his seventh of the year. Anderson also threw three innings. He gave up Chicago’s only run. He walked two and struck out one. The one run for the White Sox came in the top of the sixth inning. Yasmani Grandal blasted his 21st home run of the year to put his team on the board. It was a wall-scraper to center field that had Rangers fans groaning. However, the home nine were able to bounce back and even the series at one game apiece.
The Texas Rangers got their first run in the bottom of the fourth inning. After the Rangers successfully challenged a call from a previous play at first base, Jonah Heim grounded into a force out that brought home Andy Ibanez. They scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth inning. It came courtesy of DJ Peters, who pinch-hit for Willie Calhoun. Peters singled on a line drive to centerfield. This allowed Nathaniel Lowe to score what turned out to be the winning run for Texas.
Seeing an Old Friend
There’s no doubt that Rangers fans miss the right arm of Lance Lynn. He got the start for Chicago on Saturday, and he was handed his fifth loss of the season. His record for 2021 is now 10–5. He tossed 5 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs, one of them was earned, on six hits. Lynn walked two and struck out five. As much as Texas Rangers fans hated to see Lynn go, it is safe to say that it put a wry smile on more than a few faces to see him take the loss in this one.
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