Johnson struggles in White Sox loss to Angels

Johnson struggles in White Sox loss to Angels
March 19, 2014, 7:15 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Erik Johnson didn’t put himself in the best position to succeed on Wednesday afternoon.

He was far from it.

The White Sox starter walked two batters and pitched behind in the count most of the day in a 14-10 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Johnson, who is in line for a spot in the starting rotation, allowed eight runs (seven earned) and eight hits over four innings.

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“It’s a simple formula: you put yourself in holes and you give away free bases, you’re putting yourself in bad spots and you’re going to have to pay for it,” Johnson said. “Early in the innings I (gave up) free bases, worked behind in counts and obviously that leads to runs.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura thought was “tentative” in his fourth start of the spring.

“I don’t think he was really driving through, talking to Coop about it and watching him,” Ventura said. “Just not throwing a whole lot of strikes through. Anytime, with a lineup like this, if you’re not going to attack the strike zone and throw quality pitches, you’re going to get hurt, and it seemed like it was like that on both sides today.

Lindstrom to pitch Friday

Matt Lindstrom didn’t sound tentative as he had in the past when discussing Wednesday’s bullpen session. The reliever, who has a left oblique strain, plans to take the next step when the returns to action on Friday. The White Sox are off tomorrow and Lindstrom hopes to debut the following day.

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“I felt no ill effects, nothing that I can’t work through and looking forward to making my appearance on Friday,” Lindstrom said. 

Other notes

-- Several big White Sox acquisitions had good days at the plate in the team’s 14-10 loss to the Angels. Jose Abreu homered to left and had singles to center and right in four at-bats and finished with three RBIs. Matt Davidson singled and hit a two-run homer and Adam Eaton doubled twice and drove in a run in four at-bats.

-- Jordan Danks continued his hot streak with a solo homer, his fifth of the spring.

-- Donnie Veal pitched a scoreless inning in relief, the only White Sox pitcher not to give up a run. Mitchell Boggs gave up a run on two hits in an inning while Dylan Axelrod allowed three runs (two earned) and three hits in two innings. Jacob Petricka allowed two runs and four hits in his inning.