After a 4-3 loss to the Angels Friday night, manager Ozzie Guillen said he liked the way his team battled to stay in the game despite facing the hottest pitcher and the hottest bullpen in the American League.
Jeff Weaver (4-0) allowed three runs over seven innings of work and Fernando Rodney and Jordan Walden locked the door on the Sox to extend L.A.’s bullpen scoreless streak to 25 1/3 innings.
"He is one of the best guys in the league for a reason, but we handled him pretty well. We made him pitch.We knew it was going to be a battle against him, but if we play like the way we did today we’re going to win a lot of games. – Guillen on facing Weaver"
The White Sox took advantage after a 30-minute rain delay in the top of the sixth, jumping right on Weaver when he came back out in the bottom half. Gordon Beckham reached on an error and Adam Dunn sent a ball 369 feet through a 20 mph wind, blowing in.
Phil Humber was hit hard, but only had one bad inning, a four-run fourth. He kept the team in the game and gave them a chance to win. He’ll still make a few more starts as Jake Peavy rehabs.
Peavy is scheduled to throw 90-95 pitches in a start on Monday in Birmingham, then expects to exceed 100 pitches next Saturday in Charlotte. He hopes to join the team for their series against the Yankees April 25, but likely won’t pitch against them.