6/4/06: Linescore of the Day – Gerald Laird

Sunday Bloody Sunday. Another beautiful day on the Southside of Chicago, sun out, not a cloud in the sky, & Mark Buehrle on the bump for the White Sox. When the dust had settled it was still a beautiful day, but only for the Texas Rangers and backup catcher Gerald Laird. Texas spotted the White Sox a 2-0, Joe Crede’s 2 run blast in the 2nd, lead before cranking out ten runs of their own, taking 2 of 3 over the weekend. It turned out not to matter one bit that Pablo Ozuna’s poor defense in LF resulted in a 3rd inning game tying double off the bat of Mark Teixeira. Laird doubled in the 3rd, grounded out in the 5th, ripped a 2 run double in the 6th, a blast to left in the 8th, and again in the 9th. Laird also handled rookie lefthander John Rheinecker masterfully behind the plate. Rheinecker allowed four hits & two runs over 8 innings of work, his 2nd strong outing in a row. Look for John in a possible upcoming Rookie Watch piece. It was a sad El ride back to the Northside for Teddy Ballgame.

Gerald Laird 4 for 5, 2 HRs, 2 2Bs, 4 RBI, 4 runs

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