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Power the Other Way

May 15 at L.A. Angels of Anaheim


Sox Office Smash Hit:
One Missed Call
A questionable ball 4 played a role in dooming the Sox.

Short Take:   A three-run Sox lead is erased by a big fifth for the Angels, who benefit from a call that changes the course of the game.

The White Sox began a long trip out west Monday, starting with a series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (seriously, why do they still have that name?). It seems unfair that they have to travel for so long so far away this early in the season, but it is what it is. It's also unfair when they lose in a cruel fashion. Such was the case in a 5-3 loss.

Mike Pelfrey swapped zeros with fellow 33-year-old Jesse Chavez through the first three innings. Though Pelfrey needed a lot of pitches, he did his job. Chavez retired the first nine Sox hitters in order. It was time for Sox fans to start talking in bunches about a Chavez no-hitter on Twitter to jinx such a ridiculous notion.

This was successful when Leury Garcia led off the fourth inning with a single. He came home when Jose Abreu clubbed his sixth home run of the year, giving the Sox a 2-0 lead. Yolmer Sanchez delivered a base hit in the fifth and scored on a two-out triple by Tyler Saladino, making it 3-0. That's where the Sox's fortunes stopped for the evening though.

The trouble started with one out in the bottom of the fifth when Pelfrey issued a full-count walk to Cameron Maybin. But another look at the payoff pitch showed Mike DiMuro missed what should have been a called third strike. Pelfrey responded by walking Danny Espinosa and serving up a deep flyout to Martin Maldonado. It proved to be a bad sign because Kole Calhoun got all three runs back on a home run to right center field.

The tie ballgame caused Hawk Harrelson to lament about how one bad call can change a game. While Hawk was still making his case, Mike Trout homered to give the Angels the lead and send Pelfrey to the showers. The heavy workload throughout his night had taken its toll on him.

The bullpen trio of Anthony Swarzak, Tommy Kahnle and latest addition Gregory Infante mostly kept the Angels' bats quiet. The only blemish came in the seventh when Kahnle served up a line-drive homer to Maldonado, who made up for just missing a dinger earlier. The Sox got runners to second base in the final two frames, but neither could score. Kevan Smith came to the plate as the go-ahead run in the ninth before he was caught looking at a Bud Norris fastball for the game's final strike.

It's easy to side with Hawk and argue that DiMuro's missed call shifted fortunes the other way. If you do that though, you also have to blame the lineup for not getting enough runners in scoring position. Plus, it's not like Pelfrey was economical with his pitches either, throwing exactly 100 of them over 4 2/3 innings. It's amazing how both he and Dylan Covey have made us miss James Shields, something thought to be impossible all of last year.

This three-game series continues Tuesday at the same time (9:07). In fact, all games through Saturday start after 9, so do everything you can to stay awake this week. Derek Holland gets the ball in the next game against JC Ramirez, who has a 12.00 ERA in the first inning. If the Sox are going to start a new winning streak, maybe it's best to get down to business early.

WSI's
Fandamonium:
 No one is expecting a winning season, but we don't need any outside help for the cause.


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