White Sox 5, Angels 2
Freddy Garcia has already matched the expectations of his
Before the season, Ozzie Guillen said if Garcia reached double
digits in wins, the Chicago White Sox would take the AL
Garcia pitched six solid innings for his ninth victory, Paul
Konerko hit a two-run double and the White Sox beat the Los Angeles
Angels 5-2 on a wet Wednesday night for their fourth straight
The White Sox jumped ahead of the Minnesota Twins for second
place in the AL Central and trail the Detroit Tigers by one
“He’s been pitching so good for us I can’t even say anything
more about Freddy,” Guillen said. “Like I said earlier, if Freddy
won nine or 10 games we would be in first place, well we’re almost
The start of the game was delayed because of rain for two hours,
Paul Konerko hit a two-run double and Chicago won despite making
five errors. The Angels lost their third in a row.
Before the game, White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy was put on the
15-day disabled list because of a detached muscle in the back of
his right shoulder, an injury that will almost certainly end his
season. He was hurt early in Tuesday night’s win over the
Garcia (9-3), the most consistent pitcher in the White Sox
rotation, allowed one unearned run and five hits. He has won six
straight decisions against the Angels and is 15-3 over them
Not bad for someone that entered the season as the fifth starter
in the rotation.
“Freddy keeps on throwing those gems for us,” outfielder Juan
Pierre said. “I know from the other end and facing a guy like that
he just frustrates you. It’s a comfortable 0 for 3, 0 for 4 because
you can’t believe it. The guy knows how to pitch, he knows what he
Matt Thornton relieved with runners on first and second and one
out in the eighth and retired Hideki Matsui on a flyball and Mike
Napoli on a soft liner.
“We had some opportunities that could have changed of the
things that went on later in the game. We had a little trouble with
guys in scoring position. 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,” Angels manager
Mike Scioscia said.
Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 20
Brent Lillibridge had a two-run single as the White Sox won for
the 17th time in 21 games. The Angels have lost five of six.
Joe Saunders (6-9), who came into the game with a 3-0 record and
a 1.53 ERA in four outings against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular
Field, allowed five runs on 10 hits.
“Joe did try to get a little too fine realizing we were only
scoring two runs, it just went in a negative direction,” Scioscia
said. “He used a lot early to squash some rallies. As the game
went later those guys made some adjustments and got some big hits
in the sixth inning.”
Konerko doubled in the third after singles by Alexei Ramirez and
The Angels took advantage of a two-out throwing error by third
baseman Dayan Viciedo in the fifth for a run.
Chicago added three runs in the sixth. Viciedo hit an RBI double
with two outs and Lillibridge followed with a single that made it
The White Sox made two errors on the same play in the eighth,
giving the Angels a run. With runners on first and second and one
out, third baseman Omar Vizquel misplayed Torii Hunter’s bouncer.
Ramirez at short picked the ball up and made an errant throw to
second, allowing Erick Aybar to score from second.
“I think the pitching staff overcome 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,” Guillen said.
NOTES: For the second straight game, White Sox RF Carlos Quentin
was out of the lineup with a sore left knee. He is day-to-day. …
The Angels and White Sox were delayed by rain for one hour, 41
minutes on Tuesday.