CHICAGO – A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 7-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field in a matchup of two underachieving last-place clubs on another 40-degree spring evening.
How it happened: The White Sox battled back after falling behind early, but the Angels took the lead for good with two runs in the seventh inning. After Hank Conger reached on an error by Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie, the Sox brought in Matt Lindstrom to replace starter Dylan Axelrod. Lindstrom struck out Brendan Harris, but then gave up consecutive singles to J.B. Shuck and Mike Trout to score Conger. A passed ball from Tyler Flowers brought home Shuck to finish the scoring. The White Sox had struck first on a leadoff homer by Alejandro De Aza, his second straight first-at-bat homer, off Angels starter Barry Enright. But Los Angeles scored four times off of Sox starter Axelrod in the third inning with Trout and Albert Pujols contributing big base hits. Harris put the Angels up 5-1 in the fourth with a line drive homer. Chicago rallied back with four runs in the fourth inning. First Alex Rios scored on an Enright wild pitch and then Dayan Viciedo doubled home Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko to chase Enright. Tyler Flowers singled home Viciedo to temporarily tie the game, but the Sox wouldn’t score the rest of the way.
What it means: The White Sox’s record falls to 7-8 at home as the south siders continue to make costly errors. They made two more on Friday night to give them 24 total this season.
Outside the box: Viciedo returned to the lineup after going on the disabled list April 20 with an oblique strain. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. … Rehabbing second baseman Gordon Beckham took 100 swings in the batting cage off of a tee. This was the first time since having a hamate bone in his left hand removed four weeks ago he has swung a bat. Beckham could go on a rehab assignment in 10 days if he doesn’t experience any setbacks. … GM Rick Hahn said the team will not make any panic-related trades due to the 14-19 start. … The last time a Sox player led off consecutive games with a home run was in 2002 when Kenny Lofton did it. … Enright was the ninth starting pitcher the Angels have used this year after using only eight different starters in all of 2012. Injuries and poor play have contributed to an embarrassing 13-22 start for Los Angeles.