White Sox Take Two of Three From Angels

Two high-powered offenses were set to face off in Chicago at US Cellular Field over the weekend, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim came into town to take on the Chicago White Sox.

Friday

For two teams who have had outstanding offenses this year, neither team wasted any time getting the scoring started, beginning with the Angels in the top of the first when a Mike Trumbo singled to score Torii Hunter. The White Sox would respond in the bottom half of the first inning, starting with an Alex Rios RBI single. AJ Pierzynski followed that up with a three-run home run, passing his career high season mark for home runs.

The Angels would then do most of the scoring for a while, starting with a Trumbo 425-foot two-run bomb. Howie Kendrick would pick up an RBI single in the third to tie the game. The Angels would eventually take the lead, adding to it with an Albert Pujols home run in the sixth, making it 6-4.

Rios would end the scoring streak by hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth, but he wasn’t done for the night. With the game in the tenth inning and a runner on second, Rios drove a ball deep into the outfield and over the wall for a walk-off home run, giving the White Sox a 8-6 victory.

Matt Thornton picked up the victory, moving his record to 4-6. Phillip Humber wasn’t outstanding, going five and two thirds innings, giving up 10 hits and six runs.

Saturday

The Angels once again jumped on a White Sox starting pitcher, picking up three runs in the first. The first came on a Pujols RBI single, followed by Trumbo hitting a sacrifice fly, scoring the second run. A third run came in when Kendrick was walked with the bases loaded. The White Sox were able to get a run back on a Kevin Youkilis solo home run, but the Angels got it right back in the second inning when Trout scored on a wild pitch, making it 4-1.

Trailing 5-3 in the seventh inning, Youkilis hit a two-run home run, his second home run of the game, tying it at five. For a second night in a row, the game would go to extra innings, and Matt Thornton would once again find himself picking up a decision, although on the wrong end this time. Kendrick’s single to scored the go ahead run, and the Angels would hold on for the 6-5 victory.

Gavin Floyd went six and a third innings, giving up eight hits and five runs before the bullpen had to come in.

Sunday

With the series tied at one, the White Sox sent Fransisco Liriano to the mound looking to take the series finale. Unlike the first two games, the offenses were quiet early on. The first run didn’t come until Trout hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead. In the sixth inning, Youkilis hit his third home run in two days, tying the game at one.

After the Angels took a 2-1 lead in the seventh, AJ Pierzynski pinch hit for Tyler Flowers and hit a ball that just kept carrying, and resulted in a two run homerun, giving the White Sox a 3-2 lead. The White Sox would add an insurance run with an Alexei Ramirez triple, but it would be a run they wouldn’t need. Addison Reed came in to close the game, and the White Sox took the series finale, as well as the series.

The White Sox are now 59-48 and a game and a half up in the division. They now begin a series at home against the Kansas City Royals on Monday.