Legendary Chicago Cubs infielder Ernie Banks made the famous saying, “It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame … let’s play two.”
So that’s just what the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels did on Tuesday. The Angels took both games from the White Sox, 8-4 and 7-5.
Game 1: Angels – 8, White Sox – 4
In game one, Hector Noesi pitched fairly solid in the first four innings of the game, except for one thing: Walks. In five innings of work, Noesi struck out seven, but walked seven Angels, including three just in the third inning.
Noesi was the first White Sox pitcher to walk seven and strike out seven hitters since 2000, when Cal Eldred(!) did it in a game.
Jose Abreu knocked his league-leading 26th home run in the first inning to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead. Abreu tied Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz for the league lead in home runs and runs batted in (67). With the home run, Abreu extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
With his first inning HR, Jose Abreu, in only his 70th game, is now tied for 100th on #WhiteSox career HR list with 26
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) July 1, 2014
Game 2: Angels – 7, White Sox – 5
During the nightcap at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox pitching staff once again could not get back on track in a 7-5 loss. Between starter Scott Carroll, Jake Petricka and Javy Guerra, Sox pitching walked six Angels.
#WhiteSox pitching had a major-league leading 310 walks at start of double header. Stands at 322 as of now.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) July 2, 2014
In his six innings of work, Scott Carroll gave up seven runs (all earned) on 10 hits, walked three and struck out two on 91 pitches (57 strikes).
With another first-inning hit, Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 16 games on a questionable infield single to third base.
Oddly enough, seven of the nine White Sox hits in game two came from the 5-9 spots in the lineup, including Conor Gillaspie‘s first home run of the season in 243 at-bats.
The White Sox and Angels conclude their 2014 series of games on Wednesday night in Chicago. John Danks will take the mound for the Sox, as they try to win their first game against the Halos this season (0-5 including Tuesday’s losses). Los Angeles will send left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the hill, fresh from a stint on the disabled list. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- In 39 starts, right-handed pitching for the Sox have racked up a 6.28 ERA. The lowest ERA for a White Sox right-handed starter? Hector Noesi with a 4.52 ERA.
- Per nine innings, White Sox pitching is averaging 3.86 BB’s. In two losses on Tuesday, the Sox walked 13 hitters. Is that bad?
- Tim Anderson, the White Sox top pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and the No. 3 prospect in the Sox organization, will miss the next four to six weeks with a fracture in his right wrist.