Angels-White Sox Preview
While Freddy Garcia rarely loses to the Los Angeles Angels, Joe
Saunders has never lost at U.S. Cellular Field.
The pitchers meet Wednesday night when the Chicago White Sox
look for a fourth straight win and continue a four-game series
against the Angels.
Garcia (8-3, 4.65 ERA) is 14-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 24 career
starts versus the Angels, who he last faced Sept. 13, 2006. The ERA
represents his lowest against any AL opponent, and he’s 4-0 with a
2.29 ERA in his last five outings against them.
Los Angeles (46-40) will be getting re-acquainted with a pitcher
who is 5-0 with a 3.66 ERA in his last seven starts. The White Sox
(44-38) have won all of those outings, although Garcia did not get
a decision in a 5-3 win at Texas last Friday after giving up three
runs over six innings.
The only Angels hitter with extensive experience against the
veteran right-hander is All-Star center fielder Torii Hunter, who
is 16 for 40 with four homers.
Los Angeles will counter with Saunders (6-8, 4.59), who is 3-0
with a 1.53 ERA in four outings at U.S. Cellular Field for his
lowest ERA in a stadium where he has made multiple starts.
Saunders continued that success May 19 by yielding one run over
7 2-3 innings to earn a 3-2 road victory over the White Sox. He’s
enjoyed plenty of success against Alex Rios (.238), Alexei Ramirez
(.143) and Andruw Jones (2 for 10) while Paul Konerko is 5 for 15
The left-hander turned in a second straight strong outing
Friday, allowing one run over eight innings in a 2-1, 10-inning
home loss to Kansas City.
Chicago won 4-1 on Tuesday as Rios and Jones each homered off
major league strikeout leader Jered Weaver. Reliever Tony Pena
picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits in 4 1-3 innings
after starter Jake Peavy left with a back injury in the second
“Great job. I think Tony is doing a tremendous job,” manager
Ozzie Guillen said. “That was the key of the game right there, Tony
Pena. We had a couple of home runs, but I think Tony was the key to
win the game.”
Right fielder Carlos Quentin sat out with a sore left knee one
night after hitting two home runs and making a spectacular diving
catch on the warning track to rob Hunter of extra bases. Guillen
said that Quentin could have served as the designated hitter, and
may do so Wednesday despite being 0 for 6 against Saunders.
Hunter had three hits Tuesday, and is 12 for 25 over his last
eight games. He’s batting .378 in 25 games against AL Central
The Angels have dropped four of five, scoring a total of six
runs in the losses.
Hideki Matsui is mired in an 8-for-42 slump and Bobby Abreu a
5-for-41 skid. They are a combined 0 for 14 in this series.