Donnie Veal’s return to White Sox goes bad in loss to Angels
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 18, 2013 7:11PM
Updated: May 18, 2013 8:02PM
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The White Sox recalled left-hander Donnie Veal from Class AAA Charlotte on Saturday and put him back to work in the seventh inning.
His return couldn’t have gone much worse in the Sox’ 12-9 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The Sox saw their season-high four-game winning streak come to an end and lost first baseman Adam Dunn, who left in the fifth inning with back spasms.
Facing starter Joe Blanton, who entered the game 0-7 with a 6.46 ERA, the Sox banged out a season-high 17 hits but left 12 runners on base.
Called on to replace reliever Nate Jones after he allowed two walks and a single, Veal immediately served up a three-run homer to Alberto Callaspo, which widened the Angels’ lead to 8-4. After Veal gave up a single and a walk, J.B. Shuck doubled to right-center field, scoring two more runs.
Those runs turned out to be significant when the Sox responded with five runs in the eighth, including three on a homer by backup catcher Hector Gimenez that cut the Angels’ lead to one.
Gimenez was 4-for-5, but he also had two passed balls on a rough day for Sox starter Hector Santiago. He was staked to a 4-0 lead but couldn’t pitch past the fourth inning.
On the plus side for the Sox (19-22) in a game that lasted almost four hours: Paul Konerko, who was batting .184 in his last 19 games, had three singles in five at-bats; Alexei Ramirez had three hits; Dayan Viciedo (2-for-3) reached base four times; and Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 13 games with two hits, including a two-run double.
Veal, who made the Opening Day roster, had four scoreless relief appearances for Charlotte after posting a 4.26 ERA with the Sox. He seemed to have straightened out the command issues that plagued him in Chicago.
Down to one lefty in the bullpen (Matt Thornton), Veal got the call Friday.
“You go through different spots in the game where it becomes important to be able to have them,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “I think even the way we’ve been using Matty, you can do more than that, but you’re saving him for that one tough at-bat against a lefty. Donnie, we’ve had good reports on him of getting his curve back, and it’s nice to have him back.”
Veal was charged with four runs Saturday. He faced six batters and retired one.