Rapid Reaction: Angels 8, White Sox 4 (Game 1)
July, 1, 2014
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox dropped the opener of a doubleheader, a three-game series and a six-game homestand with an 8-4 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.
How it happened: White Sox starter Hector Noesi went on a rocky ride, delivering four hitless innings but walking seven with seven strikeouts. He ended up allowing five runs in five innings. The White Sox took an early 3-0 lead on Jose Abreu’s 26th home run, but Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton all added home runs for the Angels. Angels starter Garrett Richards settled down to give up three runs on two hits over eight innings with nine strikeouts.
What it means: After Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and John Danks, the White Sox’s rotation offers little stability. Noesi has been a nice find off the waiver wire, but it’s clear that the back end of the rotation is an area the White Sox will look to shore up moving forward. While it has been impressive to see how Noesi turned himself from a reliever to a starter on the fly, it’s hard to expect consistency on an outing-by-outing basis.
Outside the box: Abreu became the first player in major league history to hit 26 home runs in his first 70 games. He entered leading the major leagues in slugging percentage (.625), home run ratio (10.88) and RBI ratio (4.25). He also moved back into a tie for the AL home run lead with the Orioles’ Nelson Cruz.
Offbeat: Trout, Pujols and Hamilton are supposed to be the power hitters who put a charge in the Angels, but the combination hasn’t always worked in conjunction for various reasons that include injury and inconsistencies. Tuesday was just the second time that all three hit home runs in the same game. They also did it against the Kansas City Royals in a May game last season.
Up next: In the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the White Sox will send right-hander Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76 ERA) to the mound to face Angels right-hander Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33).