After the Chicago White Sox took two games of a three-game series against the Yasiel Puig-led Los Angeles Dodgers, the Sox headed 40 minutes south to Anaheim and a meeting with Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels.
Here’s a recap of the White Sox being swept by the Angels:
Friday, June 6: Angels – 8, White Sox - 4
For the second straight series opener, a five-run inning doomed the White Sox. The Angels scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 7-1 lead and never looked back.
Andre Rienzo lost his third consecutive start after winning starting the season 4-0. Rienzo only lasted 3 2/3 innings, gave up seven earned runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out two on 76 pitches. All nine Angels starters registered at least one hit.
Although their big inning never came, the Sox were big at the plate on Friday night, knocking 11 hits. Adam Dunn led the Good Guys with three hits, including his 10th home run of the season in the ninth inning.
Saturday, June 7: Angels – 6, White Sox – 5
Only the Chicago White Sox could carry a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning with their ace on the mound … and lose the game.
In the eighth inning, the Angels scored six runs on seven hits, including five runs on four hits off of Sale.
The Anaheim eighth: double, single, error, single, grand slam, Sale is yanked, strikeout, single, single, single (run scored) and a flyout.
Sale’s numbers were good again until that dreadful eighth inning. Before the inning, Sale went seven strong, didn’t give up a run on three hits, walked one and struck out six.
Sunday, June 8: Angels – 4, White Sox – 2
Although the Sox made an eighth-inning push of their own on Sunday afternoon, the rally fell short. The cause for a rally was due to Angels lefty C.J. Wilson.
Wilson was great in his 7 1/3 innings of work on Sunday. The White Sox lineup managed just three hits off Wilson.
Jose Quintana struggled once again for the Sox on the mound and picked up his sixth loss of the year. In 4 1/3 innings pitched, Quintana gave up four earned runs on seven hits, walked four and struck out four on 96 pitches.
The Sox come back home for a start of a four-game set with the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Hector Noesi will get the start for the Good Guys, while Rick Porcello gets the call for Detroit. First pitch on Monday night is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
(It’s not a White Sox note, but a side note from this series: Mike Trout is really good at this baseball thing.)