White Sox manager Jerry Manuel continues to wait for more of his big boppers to heat up with the weather.
Until a warm breeze sticks around for more than a day, however, manufacturing runs will be as significant for the White Sox as watching prodigious 450-foot home runs.
Thursday night's chilly, 46-degree conditions at Comiskey Park called for such creative tactics as four infield singles, a bases-loaded walk and a fielder's choice grounder helped propel the Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Dan Wright (4-4) checked the Rangers on five hits over nine innings as the Sox took two of three in the series. It was Wright's first career complete game and the first Sox complete-game shutout since Mark Buerhle blanked Tampa Bay on Aug. 3.
"When it's cold you want to try to work quickly to keep the fielders in the game, and it worked tonight," said Wright, who struck out four and walked one. "I wanted to finish pretty badly. Once you get to the seventh and eighth innings, you want to finish. I'm just glad things worked out."
Wright was coming off his worst outing of the season. He had been roughed up for a career-high eight runs and eight hits, including a pair of homers, over 2 2/3 innings in Friday's 19-0 loss to Anaheim.
"It was very big for him to finish the game. Big for him and the team," Manuel said. "We needed an outing like that from one of the young guys."
Carlos Lee drove in two runs with a singlehis 500th career hitand a fielder's-choice grounder that he hustled to beat out.
"I think [offense] is going to go in stages," Manuel said. "The next time we reach a hot streak, I think it possibly will be prolonged a little bit. We have yet to get Carlos Lee on track. Royce Clayton [2-for-3 Thursday to improve to .200] is yet to get on track. Jose [Valentin] is really starting to come around. Magglio [Ordonez], Kenny Lofton and Paul Konerko really have been the offense. So we still have a lot of guys who need to step up. I think that will happen because for the most part they have a history of stepping up."
Konerko, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games, stepped up in the fourth inning with a two-out double off Texas starter Kenny Rogers (4-2). Tony Graffanino drove in the first run with a single.
The three-run sixth inning featured infield singles by Clayton, Ray Durham and Frank Thomas before Konerko drew a walk on four pitches to force in a run.
Lee was safe on the fielder's choice to score Durham. Then Graffanino drove in the fourth run on a single to right.
"We'll take [runs] as we can get them," Graffanino said. "Kenny Rogers wasn't giving guys much to hit tonight. His ball was moving a little bit and he was staying away a lot. Some of our guys with speed were able to leg out some hits. That play with Carlos staying out of a double play was big."
The Sox turned three double plays and saw Clayton make two superb plays at shortstop to aid Wright's performance.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times