Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"Winning Ugly" is all in the perspective

May 17, 1982
CHICAGO -- In 1983 Texas Ranger manager Doug Rader accused the White Sox of "Winning Ugly," which became their slogan for the rest of the year. Well, this game was as pretty as a one-sided game can get as the White Sox dominated in every phase of the game in an 8-0 blanking of Texas. Dennis Lamp (2-3) fired a complete-game, 4 hitter. Six different White Sox batters had 2 hits apiece in a 14-hit attack. Steve Kemp made the most of his with 3 RBI.

May 18, 1982
CHICAGO -- This was a pretty 2-1 win for Texas. Doc Medich (2-2) started and went 6 innings. Paul Mirabella had a 2-inning hold. Steve Comer (2) nailed the save with a 1-2-3 9th. Jim Sundberg led the offense with 3 hits. Larry Parrish had 2 knocks and 2 RBI. LaMarr Hoyt (3-2) started and lost for the Pale Hose, but pitched very well.

May 19, 1982
CHICAGO -- Ok. This one was ugly. The White Sox committed 4 errors, including 2 in a 4-run 9th inning for Texas to allow them to win 5-3. All 4 runs off Kevin Hickey (2-2) in the 9th were unearned, but he was atrocious, yielding 3 hits and a walk and recorded just 2 outs. Manager Bruce Thomas was also atrocious for leaving him in that long. Danny Darwin (4-1) got the win in relief for the Rangers with 3 strong IP. Bill Stein singled in a pair that proved to be the game winners in the 9th.

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