White Sox pitchers pounded in DH loss to Angels
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter July 1, 2014 7:18PM
Updated: July 2, 2014 12:15AM
The back end of the White Sox’ starting rotation was no match for the Los Angeles Angels’ star-studded lineup on both ends of a twi-night doubleheader Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Hector Noesi (2-6) walked seven and gave up five runs in five innings in the Angels’ 8-4 victory in Game 1. Scott Carroll (2-5) was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in a 7-5 loss in the nightcap as the Sox (39-46) began a six-game homestand on a bad note.
The Sox opened the season with free agent Felipe Paulino and rookie Erik Johnson in the rotation. Paulino hasn’t been healthy all season, and Johnson has struggled at Class AAA Charlotte after a poor start.
“You have to make do, you have to find somebody to do it,” manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s that simple.”
The Sox went into the day leading the American League in walks allowed. They added a dozen free passes to the pile.
“You get yourself in trouble and put yourself in bad spots,” Ventura said. “Especially with this lineup. You don’t want to put anybody on and give them extra chances. We did that plenty in both games.”
In Game 1, Jose Abreu hit his major-league-leading 26th homer in the first inning and took over the RBI lead with 67 with a three-run liner inside the right-field foul pole. But Garrett Richards (9-2) allowed only one more hit after that, a double by Adam Eaton in the fifth.
Noesi, who had a 3.59 ERA in his previous six starts, pitched in and out of trouble. He walked seven while striking out seven but put the first Angel on base in five of the six innings he started. Mike Trout tied the score with a three-run homer in the fifth, and Albert Pujols followed Trout’s homer with a shot to center to make it 4-3.
In Game 2, Conor Gillaspie and Dayan Viciedo each hit two-run homers against Weaver as the Sox rallied from a 6-2 deficit to pull within a run, but Carroll walked the first two batters he faced in the seventh. Jake Petricka eventually walked in a run to put the Angels ahead 7-5.
“All you’re doing is giving them free baserunners,” Ventura said. “You want to make them work for it, and you’re not.”
Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer against Carroll in the fifth.
“Other than that home-run pitch, that’s the one I really regret,” Carroll said. “Other than that, I feel like I threw the ball really well. Just to not see the results is what’s more frustrating.”