Friday night was supposed to feature a pitcher‘s duel between two of the best right-handers in the American League, but something far different took place. The Los Angeles Angels’ scheduled starter, Noah Syndergaard, was a late scratch due to a stomach bug. White Sox ace Lucas Giolito still took the mound, but instead against the Halos’ bullpen.
A combined seven relievers pitched for the Angels in the first of the four-game set. They combined to allow only three hits and one walk with the lone Sox run crossing the plate in the first inning. The Angels took the opener by a score of 5-1, handing the White Sox a 10th loss in their last 11 games.
Death By Bullpen
Jimmy Herget got the starting nod for the Angels and tossed three innings, allowing a run and one hit. Austin Warren followed with two perfect innings and ultimately earned the win. Archie Bradley pitched a 1-2-3 sixth followed by Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera tossing back-to-back scoreless frames.
Mike Mayers got the first out of the ninth but allowed Tim Anderson’s second hit of the game before plunking Andrew Vaughn on the wrist. Joe Maddon did not take any chances and lifted Mayers for closer Raisel Iglesias. He walked Jose Abreu to load the bases but the White Sox rally left the runners stranded. Iglesias then recorded the final two outs to earn his sixth save of the season.
A Rough Start
Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito had a rocky first inning, yielding two solo home runs to start the game. The first home run was a solo shot by Tyler Ward to lead off the game. Shohei Ohtani followed with a 419-foot blast to centerfield to give the Angels an early 2-0 lead.
However, Giolito settled down and retired the next 11 batters he faced following Ohtani‘s homer. He allowed his third and final run to cross the plate in the sixth when Anthony Rendon doubled to score Ohtani. Giolito finished with a final line of 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HR. But little did we know at the time that the Angels’ first-inning homers were all the scoring necessary to win.
The White Sox bats continue to look lifeless despite some more hard-hit baseballs. Sox hitters managed only three singles and one walk on the evening. Tim Anderson accounted for two of those three singles.
The Angels have won six straight games.
Taylor Ward hit his fourth homer in five games.
Luis Robert returned from a six-game absence and went 0-4 at the plate.
Ryan Burr returned from his rehab assignment and allowed one run in an inning of work.
The White Sox have lost 10 of their last 11.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox square off against the Los Angeles Angels again at 3:05 PM CT on Saturday afternoon. If the forecasted rain holds off, Vince Velasquez will take the mound for the South Siders opposing Angels’ lefty Jose Suarez. The game will air locally on NBC Sports Chicago and nationally on FS1.
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