Angels-White Sox Preview
Despite an injury to a key member of their rotation, the Chicago
White Sox are still confident they can contend in the AL
A day after learning Jake Peavy will likely miss the rest of the
season, the White Sox look to complete a four-game home sweep of
the Los Angeles Angels for the first time in 27 years Thursday
It will be a short turnaround after Wednesday’s game was delayed
2 hours, 20 minutes by rain. The White Sox (45-38) won 5-2, with
the victory coming after midnight local time.
Chicago overcame five errors and moved ahead of Minnesota in the
AL Central, staying one game behind first-place Detroit. The White
Sox have won 21 of 26, during which the starters are 16-5 with a
Freddy Garcia, emerging as the ace of the staff, gave up one
unearned run in six innings for his team-high ninth win while Paul
Konerko drove in two runs.
“I think the pitching staff overcame those errors. That’s how
you win games, you don’t lay there and worry about errors, they
picked each other up. When that happens that shows what kind of
ballclub you have right now,” manager Ozzie Guillen said
The win came hours after the White Sox learned that Peavy
suffered a detached muscle in the back of his right shoulder, an
injury that will almost certainly end his season.
“It’s tough to see. Unfortunate. You feel for him,” said John
Danks, who will take the mound for Chicago on Thursday. “We have
some guys who can fill the void. We’ll be all right I think.”
The White Sox, who are looking for their first four-game sweep
of the Angels (46-41) at home since 1983, will face Ervin Santana
(8-6, 3.95 ERA) on Thursday.
Santana was outstanding May 20 against the White Sox, giving up
one unearned run in seven innings of a 6-5 win. He is 4-2 with a
4.30 ERA in his career against them, including 3-1 in Chicago.
The right-hander gave up four runs in 8 1-3 innings of a 4-2
loss to Kansas City on Saturday. He pitched seven scoreless innings
before giving up two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth.
Santana will try to help the Angels snap a three-game losing
streak, which has dropped them 5 1/2 games behind Texas in the AL
West. They’ve scored two or fewer runs in six of seven games this
month and are batting .154 with runners in scoring position in this
“We had a little trouble with guys in scoring position,” manager
Mike Scioscia said. “Some of our guys are squeezing the bat a
little hard. The guys are playing hard, we’re just not getting that
one hit to fall in, especially early in the game.”
Los Angeles has had some success against Danks (7-7, 3.58), who
suffered his second straight loss Saturday against Texas despite
allowing only two runs and four hits in six innings of the 3-1
The left-hander gave up three runs, three hits and struck out
eight in 7 2-3 innings of a 3-2 loss to the Angels on May 19. He is
1-3 with a 3.16 ERA in seven starts against them, including 0-3
with a 4.44 ERA in four starts at home.
Bobby Abreu, who is 0 for 11 with five strikeouts in the series,
is 4 for 10 with two home runs against Danks.