White Sox Fall to Angels, Settle for Four Game Split
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Chicago White Sox experienced trouble ridding them of problems that cost them a 12-9 loss Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.
Jake Peavy issued a season-high five walks, including two that forced in two runs in the fourth inning as the Angels coasted to a 6-2 win.
Peavy’s control issues came on the heels of 10 walks issued by Sox pitchers in Saturday’s loss.
Peavy appeared surprised at a ball four call by umpire John Hirschbeck on a 3-2 pitch to Chris Iannetta to start the third and led to a two-run double by Erick Aybar.
Peavy retired the final seven batters and finished with seven strikeouts in six innings while equaling a season high with 117 pitches. He will get an extra day of rest before his next start Saturday against Miami.
The Angels added two more runs in the eighth on a double by Howie Kendrick. Reliever Brian Omogrosso walked Josh Hamilton to set up Kendrick’s hit. Three of the six walks issued by the Sox resulted in runs.
The Sox loaded the bases with one out in the ninth but scored only once on a sacrifice fly by Alejandro De Aza off Ernesto Frieri.
The Sox were held scoreless for seven innings against left-hander Jason Vargas. They finally broke through in the eighth on a walk by Alexei Ramirez and an RBI double by Alex Rios that extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Jeff Keppinger had two of the Sox’s five hits but was robbed of a third hit when center fielder Mike Trout made a diving catch in the eighth with a runner at second.
The Sox open an eight-game homestand Monday night against Boston.