Heaney’s Dominant Outing
Texas Rangers starter Andrew Heaney was the star of the night, striking out 11 without a walk while throwing two-hit ball over six innings. His performance set the tone for the game, and he became only the fifth MLB pitcher since 1988 to have 11 strikeouts on 80 pitches or less.
Mitch Garver and Adolis Garcia provided the offense for the Rangers, each hitting solo homers. Garver’s sixth homer of the season put Texas ahead in the fifth inning, while Garcia’s 26th homer and AL-leading 85th RBI came in the seventh, adding to the Rangers’ lead.
White Sox’s Offensive Struggles
White Sox rookie Jesse Scholtens (1-4) had a solid outing, striking out six and walking one over six innings. However, the White Sox offense was limited to just three singles, being held scoreless for the ninth time this season.
Closing the Game
In the closing stages of the game, Josh Sborz and Aroldis Chapman each contributed an inning of work, setting the stage for Will Smith to close out the ninth inning flawlessly. This marked Smith’s 18th successful save out of 20 opportunities. The Rangers’ pitching staff combined for a season-high 16 strikeouts without a walk, marking the first time in franchise history they achieved that feat while allowing three hits or less.
Both teams were active in trades, with the Rangers acquiring Max Scherzer, Jordan Montgomery, and Chris Stratton, while the White Sox made six deals, trading six pitchers and an infielder.
A Quick Game
The game took only 1 hour, 58 minutes to play, making it the Rangers’ shortest nine-inning game since 2007.
Looking ahead to the next game in this three-game series, the Rangers will send Dane Dunning to the mound, boasting a record of 8-4 and a 3.28 ERA. On the other side, the White Sox will counter with right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, who has a 4-4 record and a 4.15 ERA.