White Sox bats wake up too late as Angels complete sweep

White Sox bats wake up too late as Angels complete sweep
June 8, 2014, 6:45 pm
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- An offense that has been hit-or-miss all week woke up too late on Sunday afternoon.

C.J. Wilson gave the White Sox fits and Jose Quintana struggled to keep up as the Los Angeles Angels completed a series sweep with a 4-2 win in front of 35,793 at Angel Stadium.

Wilson allowed a run and three hits over 7 1/3 innings as the White Sox closed out their Southern California adventure with a 2-4 record. Quintana allowed 11 base runners and four earned runs in his shortest start of the season.

“Wilson just threw a great game,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We didn’t get anything going and Q, it just seems like he was battling through all the time he had guys on base. He walked a few guys here and there, but today you just see him falling behind and not really locating like he normally does.

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“We got some runs but Wilson threw a great game. We were flat as far as we didn’t have anything going. It wasn’t that the guys weren’t trying, but he threw a great game.”

Coming off a rough loss Saturday night, the White Sox rarely got something going against Wilson. Even when they did, he seemed to quickly defuse the situation.

Wilson wiped out leadoff singles by Gordon Beckham in the fourth and seventh innings with double-play balls from Jose Abreu.

He set down the side in order in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings and allowed three hits and two walks.

Prior to the eighth, and not until after Wilson exited, did the White Sox get a runner into scoring position.

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Tyler Flowers drew a one-out walk in the eighth that ended Wilson’s day after 107 pitches.

“Sometimes games like (Saturday) deflate you a little bit but Wilson had a big hand in that I guess,” Eaton said. “Hit his spots, made his pitches when he needed to but top to bottom we need to battle a lot more.”

The White Sox did put up a fight with Wilson out of the way.

Adrian Nieto ran for Flowers after his walk and a pinch-hit double by Alejandro De Aza and an RBI pinch-hit single by Conor Gillaspie made it 4-1. Eaton then singled in a run to cut the deficit to two runs. But reliever Joe Smith got Beckham to hit into a double play.

The White Sox also put two men on base in the ninth inning against Los Angeles closer Ernesto Frieri. Dayan Viciedo doubled and pinch hitter Adam Dunn was intentionally walked but Nieto struck out looking to end the game.

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Despite getting Abreu back in the lineup, the White Sox hit .241 and scored 19 runs on the road trip.

“I think we’d be somewhat better at this point,” Ventura said. “But you know, again, it takes time. Once you have that feeling you are going to score runs and then you are missing guys and they are coming back, it doesn’t automatically come back. We are going to have to work to get it back.”

The most reliable White Sox starter all season, Quintana labored early against a good Angels lineup. He walked two batters and loaded the bases in the first inning only to get out of trouble unscathed.

But Quintana didn’t have as much luck his second and third times through the lineup. He put two on base ahead of a two-out RBI double by Josh Hamilton on a high fastball in the third inning that gave the Angels a 1-0 lead.

Two innings later, he loaded the bases again for Hamilton, who singled past a diving Beckham to drive in two more and C.J. Cron’s RBI single made it 4-0 and ended Quintana’s day.

Quintana (3-6) allowed seven hits and walked four over 4 1/3 innings.

“The problem today for me was the walks, four walks,” Quintana said. “I give a chance for a runner for them, and that’s a mistake for me.

“I make a good pitch (to Hamilton). The first time I throw with the fastball, but he got it. It was a good idea in this moment. The second, the count was 1-0, and I throw a slider, and he gets a base hit. It was bad luck for me. Right now, I feel good, but I need to keep working.”