Shaky late inning pitching strikes again

Vicente Padilla kicks off a shaky afternoon for Rangers pitching and Wes Littleton uncharacteristically tops it off as the Rangers fall to the White Sox, 12-8.

The Good

You'd have to look pretty hard to find something good to report about the Rangers pitching staff this afternoon. The best performance was turned in by Ron Mahay, who pitched the fifth and sixth following Padilla, and didn't allow a run while striking out two and walking one. But it was nice to see John Danks pitch well enough to get the win for the White Sox.

Sammy Sosa had another 2 for 3 day with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.

Ex-White Sock Chris Stewart collected an RBI single and a sacrifice fly against his former team.

The Bad

Vicente Padilla was roughed up over four innings of work allowing eight hits and four runs, including a solo homerun to his nemesis A.J. Pierzynski. His spring ERA is now an even 8.00.

Brad Wilkerson, who got the start at first base this afternoon, went 0 for 3 at the plate and left 6 guys on base.

The Ugly

Wes Littleton couldn't finish his scheduled inning of work in the eighth. He displayed some disturbing control issues in walking three guys, and gave up four runs before being yanked after only getting one out. Francisco Cruceta entered the game after him and finished up the inning, but not before allowing a couple more runs on two hits and a walk.

Michael Young was hit on the side of the head with an errant Gavin Floyd breaking ball, making him the second guy in two days to be beaned in the head. He's fine and supposedly will be held out about a week just for safety's sake, but received a very deep cut on the side of his face.

Notable

Earlier in the day, the Rangers optioned Edinson Volquez, Armando Galarraga and Daniel Haigwood to Triple-A and reassigned Thomas Diamond, Eric Hurley, Jose Vargas and Scott Rice to minor league camp.

Hank Blalock returned to the lineup after missing two games with a mild calf strain.

Mark Teixeira is suffering form a sore knee and will be kept out of the lineup untill at least Friday.

Miguel Ojeda suffered a bruised thumb in the fourth inning of Monday's game against Milwaukee and is day-to-day.
CHI WHITE SOX (12) AT TEXAS (8)

 CHI WHITE SOX    AB  R  H BI  TEXAS            AB  R  H BI
 D Erstad cf       4  0  1  1  K Lofton cf       3  0  1  0
 A Cunningham pr-l 1  0  1  1  F Guzman cf       2  0  0  0
 P Ozuna 3b        4  0  0  1  I Kinsler 2b      3  1  1  0
 A Pierzynski c    3  1  2  1  D Meyer 2b        1  0  0  0
 D Lucy ph-c       2  0  0  0  M Young ss        2  1  1  0
 J Fields dh       2  1  0  0  R Vazquez pr-ss   2  0  0  0
 R Valido ph       1  0  0  0  S Sosa rf         3  2  2  1
 R Mackowiak lf    3  0  1  0  J Botts rf-lf     2  1  1  0
 J Owens lf-cf     1  2  1  0  H Blalock 3b      2  0  1  1
 A Cintron ss      3  1  1  0  M Kata 3b         1  0  1  0
 A Gonzalez ss     2  1  1  3  M Byrd lf-rf      4  2  2  0
 L Terrero rf      4  2  2  2  B Wilkerson 1b    3  0  0  0
 C Rogowski 1b     3  2  2  1  N Gold 1b         2  0  0  1
 P Lopez 2b        5  2  3  2  C Stewart c       1  1  1  2
                               S Manriquez c     2  0  0  1
                               J Hairston Jr dh  4  0  1  2
 TOTALS           38 12 15 12  TOTALS           37  8 12  8

 CHI WHITE SOX             130 000 161 -- 12
 TEXAS                     033 000 200 --  8

 E--A Gonzalez 3, S Manriquez. DP--CHI WHITE SOX
 1, TEXAS 2. LOB--CHI WHITE SOX 6, TEXAS 9. 2B--D
 Erstad, A Cintron, C Rogowski, J Hairston Jr, S
 Sosa. 3B--P Lopez. HR--A Pierzynski 1 (3) (off V
 Padilla), L Terrero 1 (2) (off F Francisco), A
 Gonzalez 1 (2) (off W Littleton). SB--L Terrero 1
 (2), J Owens 1 (2). CS--R Mackowiak, I Kinsler.
 S--P Ozuna, M Kata. SF--C Stewart.
                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  CHI WHITE SOX
 G Floyd                        3 2-3   9   6   6   2   3   0
 C Malone                         1-3   0   0   0   0   0   0
 J Danks (W,1-0)                    3   2   2   1   1   3   0
 R Bukvich (S,2)                    2   1   0   0   0   1   0
  TEXAS
 V Padilla                          4   8   4   4   0   4   1
 R Mahay                            2   0   0   0   1   2   0
 F Francisco                        1   2   1   1   0   0   1
 W Littleton (L,0-2)              1-3   1   4   4   3   0   1
 F Cruceta                        2-3   2   2   2   1   0   0
 F German                           1   2   1   1   0   0   0

 WP--C Malone, V Padilla. HBP--M Young by G Floyd,
 C Rogowski by F German, M Byrd by G Floyd.
 SO--CHA: P Ozuna 2, L Terrero 2, D Erstad, R
 Mackowiak. TEX: J Hairston Jr 2, S Sosa, B
 Wilkerson, R Vazquez, J Botts, F Guzman. BB--CHA:
 J Fields 2, C Rogowski, L Terrero, J Owens. TEX: H
 Blalock, I Kinsler, C Stewart. T--3:07. A--7,531.

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