CHICAGO, IL – The White Sox hitting woes continued tonight as they were only able to scrape together three hits on the evening. After dropping the final two games of the weekend series with the Rays largely due to a lack of offense, the White Sox continued suit on Monday night.
The starting pitching, one of the major factors in the White Sox early success was shelled by the Angels as starter Carlos Rodon who entered the game with an ERA under two, allowed five runs on six hits and two walks in just 0.1 innings of work.
Rodon’s ERA climbed up to 4.73 after the young lefty was unable to escape the first inning on Monday night. Angles starter Hector Santiago on the other hand threw 7.0 innings while allowing no runs, on two hits while striking out 10 White Sox hitters.
1st Inning (Top): The Angels started the night out with some early fireworks as they tagged starter Carlos Rodon for five runs in the top of the first, before he was pulled by Manager Robin Ventura in favor of Jake Petricka. Kole Calhoun singled on a line drive to right field scoring Yunel Escobar, and Mike Trout. Andrelton Simmons continued the early rally with an RBI single to right field, scoring Albert Pujols. Two more RBI singles by Geovany Soto, and Johnny Giovatella would extend the Angels lead to 5-0 heading into the bottom of the first inning on the south side.
3rd Inning (Top): In the top of the third inning C.J. Cron plated Kole Calhoun on an RBI single to left field stretching the Angels lead to six after three innings.
8th Inning (Top): The Angels added one more to their lead in the top of the eighth inning when C.J. Cron picked up his second RBI single on the night, with a base hit to right field.
The Angels escaped the grips of the White Sox starting pitching after plating five runs in the top of the first inning on Monday night, and that would be all the runs they would need after starter Hector Santiago shut the White Sox bats down all evening long.
Todd Frazier made multiple impressive defensive plays on Monday night including a diving stop to his left, robbing Angels Catcher Geovany Soto of a sure base hit in the top of the fifth inning. Frazier’s bat may be ice cold of late, but his glove surely is quite the opposite this season.
With the White Sox in the midst of 19 consecutive games, manager Robin Ventura chose to go to the bullpen to obtain 26 of the 27 outs in tonight’s game. Ventura risked taxing the bullpen for with many games left to go before the next off day, in an attempt to get out of the inning, and attempt to make a comeback. Hopefully the move won’t cost the White Sox a game tomorrow with a thin bullpen.
Jimmy Rollins: 1-2, 1B, 2 BB
Zach Putnam: 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K
Zach Putnam led a solid effort by the White Sox relievers tonight as they were called on to pitch the game in his entirety. Putnam threw three perfect innings allowing no runs, and no hits while striking out a pair of Angels hitters.
Tuesday 7:10: Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ U.S. Cellular Field.
Broadcast Info: TV: CSN / Radio: WLS 890AM