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White Sox struggle to hit in the clutch

ARLINGTON, Texas-- The White Sox can point to lost opportunities at the plate, rather than poor pitching, as to why they lost two out of three games to start the 2012 season.

The South- Siders stranded 17 of 19 runners in scoring position during their series with Texas. During Sunday’s 5-0 loss, Chicago went 0-for-8 at the plate with runners in scoring position.

Following the defeat, the White Sox were quick to give credit to Texas starter Matt Harrison, who threw six strong innings.

“We talked about it on the bench, he had more pitches the he normally does,” said catcher A.J. Pierzynski. “He threw a lot of changeups to lefties, he pitched everything we had seen. He deserves a lot of credit. When he had to make a pitch, he did.”

The Sox scored only 6 runs in the three-game series. That lack of production may be a season-long concern for the team.

“It’s only three games into the season” said manager Robin Ventura. “ I’m sure there will be another game like this out of a 159.”

Many positives came out of the three games in Texas -- even with two defeats. For instance, the White Sox made only two errors, and the young bullpen has not allowed a run in 9 1/3 innings so far this season.

“We have good arms out there,” Pierzynski said. “It’s always good when you get the young guys out there and get the first one out of the way and then they can kind of start their career. … Because opening week has so much hyp,e so now you can just worry about the rest of the season.”