Offense has been very rare for the Angels over the past month or so. However, the Angels’ bats got going very early against the White Sox. Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun both smashed homeruns in the first inning against John Danks.
The Angels’ learned their lesson last week against Danks, in which he dominated their lineup. Sure enough, within the first 12 pitches, the Angels struck for 3 runs off of Danks. Calhoun’s homerun was the first homerun ever by a current Angel. Danks went 7 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned), while striking out 3 batters and walking 1 batter.
Garrett Richards picked up win number 12 on the year by tossing 7 innings of baseball. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned), while recording 4 strikeouts and 0 walks. Huston Street tossed a perfect 9th inning to lock down the victory. This was save number 29 of the year for him.
The White Sox struggled to string hits together, but their best chances to score came in the 6th inning. Jose Abreu hit a clutch 2-out RBI double, but the White Sox couldn’t score anymore that inning. Richards struck out Melky Cabrera in a crucial situation to limit the damage to 1 run. In the 6th inning alone, Richards threw 25 pitches.
Kaleb Cowart, the Angels’ first-round draft pick in 2010 made his debut on Tuesday, but went 0-for-3 at the plate. Conor Gillaspie, who had previously been playing third base for the Angels, was designated for assignment.
What is next for these clubs?
The third game of the series features two established pitchers on the mound. Jered Weaver (4-9, 4.60 ERA) will face off against Jeff Samardzija (8-8, 4.78 ERA). Both pitchers have flashed signs of dominance, but have been very shaky the entire season.