The Chicago White Sox returned to the loss column again on Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Angels. Dallas Keuchel did Dallas Keuchel things for the Sox and Mike Trout did Mike Trout things for the Angels. Los Angeles starter Michael Lorenzen threw a strong 8.1 innings to earn the win. The White Sox rallied in the ninth but fell short by a final score of 6-5.
Lorenzen has spent the last six years with the Reds as a reliever. The Angels are giving him the opportunity to consistently start for the first time since his rookie year. He signed with the Angels on a one-year deal in the offseason. On Sunday, he made the longest start of his career. Lorenzen finished with a line of 8.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Aiming for a complete game, he came out to pitch the ninth after throwing eight scoreless innings. But on his 10th pitch of the frame, Leury Garcia doubled to score a pair for the White Sox. Joe Maddon decided it was time to bring in his closer Raisel Iglesias with a 6-2 lead.
How We Got There
Dallas Keuchel once again struggled through five innings. He gave up four runs on six hits and issued five walks, elevating his ERA to a balmy 8.40. Keuchel managed to face Mike Trout three times in the first four innings. Trout homered in the first to open the scoring as Keuchel's 1-1 cutter got a little too much of the plate. He made a great 0-1 pitch to Trout the second time around but the Angels superstar took it to right field for a double. The White Sox decided to intentionally walk Trout in his third trip to the plate against Keuchel. That was first of his three walks on the day.
The White Sox Bullpen was solid until the ninth. Jose Ruiz, Ryan Burr, and Tanner Banks got through the sixth, seventh, and eighth unscathed. It was in the ninth when Banks left after giving up a run. Matt Foster relieved him and allowed an inherited runner to score after Jo Adell doubled. That inherited runner was, of course, Mike Trout.
White Sox Rally Falls Short
The Chicago White Sox rallied and scored two quickly in the ninth after two hits and Garcia's double. Iglesias entered to record the last two outs for the Angels but didn't fare well.
He struck out Reese McGuire but then allowed a double to Josh Harrison that scored Garcia. Harrison then came around to score on a Tim Anderson single. After Luis Robert reached on an infield single, Iglesias plunked Jose Abreu with the bases loaded.
Clinging to a one-run lead, Joe Maddon was forced to bring in former White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera with the base loaded and two outs. He induced a Gavin Sheets ground ball to first to end the game.
We Move On
The hope is the White Sox's late rally can carry over to Monday's game. Despite the ultimate outcome, the offense showed signs of life with their first five-run inning of the season. However, Keuchel and two fatal runs by the bullpen in the ninth sunk the South Siders' chances in this contest.
Yoan Moncada hit a solo home run during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte.
Also on a rehab assignment, Joe Kelly pitched a scoreless inning in his first outing for Charlotte.
Shohei Ohtani exited early with a minor groin injury.
What’s On Tap?
The Chicago White Sox look to split the four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels series on Monday. This time, blossoming ace Dylan Cease takes the hill for the Pale Hose. The Angels will send out Patrick Sandoval, who hasn’t allowed a run in three starts. First pitch is at 1:10 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.