ARLINGTON, Texas -- One pitch. That's what got Justin Grimm on Thursday night.
Named the American League Rookie of the Month for the Texas Rangers earlier in the day, Grimm was looking the part, mowing down Chicago White Sox hitters through five innings. Three White Sox hitters, and one pitch, ultimately handed him a 3-1 loss.
Grimm had retired 10 batters in a row until the top of the sixth. He had two outs in the inning before he gave up singles to Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez. Grimm then threw a first-pitch curveball to White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers and the pitch stayed up. Flowers hammered into the right-field seats for a three-run home run and a 3-1 lead.
"That's all it takes is one," Grimm said. "He capitalized on it and it stayed eye level and he put a swing on it. Unfortunately it didn't end up in my favor. I wouldn't take it back. It's the pitch I wanted to throw. I threw it with conviction."
Grimm was surprised Flowers swung at the pitch.
"I went and looked at the replay," Grimm said. "It was eye level. It definitely would have been a ball. He was probably looking breaking ball in that situation."
Grimm dominated the White Sox for most of the night, except for a career-high four walks. He also tied a career-best nine strikeouts as his fastball and sinker were working all night. He just missed out on his third straight win.
"I'm pleased with the performance," Grimm said. "It was just one bad pitch."