Scott Feldman threw an eight inning gem last night in Arlington to lead the Texas Rangers past the Chicago White Sox 2-0.
Feldman has struggled most of this season as he had a 5.37 ERA coming into this game, but after his masterpiece it dropped the number to 4.79. While that’st still not great, it at least takes him out of the realm of Rockies-ian ineptitude. He stayed true to form and didn’t strike very many batters out (though his five K’s were his second highest total in 10 games), he also didn’t walk anyone and only allowed 7 base runners with six of them reaching on singles.
Gavin Floyd, the opposing pitcher, actually pitched a pretty nice game as he only gave up one earned run (the other was unearned), but he allowed 13 base runners with only one strikeout. Over 6.2 innings, that basically means that sometime every inning there were two men on base. Two men on base every inning should net more than two runs, but a win is a win.
The Rangers’ bats didn’t cash in on all of their opportunities, but Josh Hamilton hit out of the 5 slot and did pretty well, going 1-2 with two walks. He and Nelson Cruz scored the two runs. David Murphy also had an excellent game. He didn’t score any runs, but he went 3-4 with a double. Importantly, this brings the Tigers within 1.5 games of the White Sox. Despite the fact that on paper the Tigers are a better team, considering recent events the Rangers ought to have crossed fingers for the Tigers to win out.
Next, the Rangers play an important series against the Los Angeles Angels. If the Angels sweep they would be within one for the division lead.