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Fielding Mistake Proves Costly in White Sox Latest Loss

The White Sox failed to hold a one-run 7th inning lead and fell to the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 in the series opener.

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Photo: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Lucas Giolito started for the Chicago White Sox on Monday and looked to right himself after an abysmal five-game stretch. Giolito has not looked like himself since coming off the COVID IL and, after a shaky start, he looked like the pitcher of old. Unfortunately, for both he and the White Sox, they fell 4-3 to the Los Angeles Angels.

Gio’s #Back

The Sox righty appeared to regain his form after the third inning. His location sharpened as he felt his way through the start. Lucas started relying on his change up, and with good command of it, was able to strike out Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. He tossed 6.0 innings surrendering two runs on six hits and one walk while fanning six. Reynaldo Lopez relieved him.

Noah Syndergaard bounced back from a rough start against KC. He worked 7.0 innings, struck out seven, and allowed three runs on six hits. He issued only one free pass.

First Baseman in Right Field

The two runs for the Angels came in the second courtesy of Gavin Sheets’ fielding gaffe. Jared Walsh scored after a Brandon Marsh fly ball popped out of the Sheets’ glove in right field. The ball deflected off the top of the fence and stayed in play. The original ruling was home run, but after review the ruling was a triple. Marsh scored when Andrew Velazquez hit a grounder up the middle that caromed off Giolito’s foot into right field for a hit.

The White Sox tied it in the sixth on RBI doubles by Andrew Vaughn and Jose Abreu.

The Pale Hose scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on Josh Harrison’s RBI single before the Angels regained the lead in the home half.

Sox Can’t Finish

Reynaldo Lopez walked lead-off man Max Stassi, who moved to second on Marsh’s single. Pinch runner Monte Harrison and Marsh advanced on Velazquez’s sacrifice bunt. Following that, Taylor Ward hit a two-run double to right-center that was just beyond Luis Robert’s reach. The fourth and final run proved to be the game winner.

Notes

Tim Anderson stole second in the fourth to become the 31st player in White Sox history with 100 stolen bases. Anderson is 10-for-10 on steals this season.

Yoan Moncada worked out before the game with the expectation he will return to the lineup Tuesday.

Liam Hendriks threw a bullpen. There’s still no decision on whether he will go on a rehab assignment.

The Angels were handed significant suspensions due to a Sunday brawl with Seattle.

What’s On Tap Next?

Johnny Cueto will get the ball Tuesday for the Sox. He is 4-0 with a 1.34 ERA in five career starts against the Angels. The Angels starter has not been announced, but rookie Chase Silseth could be activated. You can catch all the action on NBC Sports Chicago and Sox On Tap After Dark will have the postgame.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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