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Dulling the Halos

April 20 vs. L.A. Angels of Anaheim


Toon Squad Update:
Dennis the Menace
Though the bat's not his thing, Sale still probably could have broken the Wilsons' window with that arm of his.

Short Take: † Chris Sale does his usual thing and the Sox squeak by the AL team from southern Cal.

On an overcast Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim met with some of their workhorses ready for action. That could mean a number of things. But anything that was boring for the first seven frames was made up for by valiant comeback attempts on the Angels' part. Fortunately, the Sox fought them all off and won 2-1.

It was a game in which both starting pitchers were called on for heavy duty. Chris Sale, per his usual self, didn't let it phase him, giving up no earned runs and just two hits in throwing 108 pitches over seven-plus innings. Garrett Richards was pretty good too with six strikeouts on 118 pitches in 6 1/3 frames. But a Tyler Saladino homer in the first hurt him, as did Alex Avila's leadoff double in the fifth, which was followed by Austin Jackson's sac bunt that led to a throwing error from Richards, scoring Avila.

But the ongoing offensive struggles made those the only two runs the Sox scored all afternoon and it nearly cost them. Sale hit Kole Calhoun to lead off the eighth and was yanked for Nate Jones, who promptly threw a wild pitch that moved Calhoun to second. Two outs later, Todd Frazier made an errant throw to first on Johnny Giavotella's grounder that Jerry Sands couldn't secure. David Robertson came in for Jones after that and got out of the inning, but not before Rafael Ortega's pinch-hit single scored Calhoun and cut the Sox lead in half.

Even that wasn't enough drama for this game, so a little more was created in the ninth. With one out, Mike Trout hit a grounder to third that Frazier had to dive for to stop. Another bad throw came and Trout was safe at first, but the AL's best outfielder decided to go for second even after losing his footing rounding the bag and Sands made a clean throw to Saladino, who tagged Trout out. Robertson then got Albert Pujols to hit a chopper back to the mound, resulting in an easy groundout and this unnecessarily nerve-wracking game was over.

This was one of those games that showcased everything that's good and bad so far with this year's White Sox. The pitching is solid, the defense is improved, but the offense isn't make victories easier. While we appreciate the 10-5 start, we'd like to get a few more laughers mixed in. No one's complaining about results though, and those are all that really matter.

The series will wrap up Thursday afternoon. John Danks takes the mound against Jered Weaver. I'd say watch starting at 1:10, but some of you might not be able to handle another Danks starter based on his recent performances. But if you must watch, more power to you.

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That's all folks:
†Sale's the neighborhood kid you never forget, but unlike Dennis, he's remembered for the right reasons.


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