Sox’ Dylan Axelrod can’t stand prosperity in loss to Angels
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com May 10, 2013 11:36PM
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Chicago White Sox
ANGELS AT SOX
The facts: 6:10 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The pitchers: Jerome Williams (1-1, 3.16 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (2-0, 3.86).
Updated: June 13, 2013 7:19PM
Dylan Axelrod had received the second-lowest run support of any pitcher in the American League (2.83 per game).
But when the White Sox finally gave him five runs Friday night, it wasn’t enough.
Axelrod (0-3) remained winless, and the Sox continued to struggle on defense and with runners in scoring position in falling to the Los Angeles Angels 7-5 at U.S. Cellular Field.
“We battled back, but you give them multiple opportunities and you’ll pay for it,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.
The Sox trailed 5-1 after the Angels scored four off Axelrod in the third and added a solo home run by Brendan Harris in the fourth.
But the Sox scored four in the fourth, including a two-run double by Dayan Viciedo in his first game back from the disabled list.
Alejandro De Aza put the Sox ahead with a leadoff home run off starter Barry Enright — his second in as many games — but Axelrod and Matt Lindstrom gave up two in the seventh, including an unearned run caused when Conor Gillaspie’s error at third allowed Hank Conger to reach base.
“It’s starting to be like a broken record,’’ Ventura said of two more errors that pushed the Sox’ season total to 24. “Anytime you give a lineup like that extra chances, it doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work.’’
The Sox fell to 14-19 overall and 7-8 at home, but general manager Rick Hahn has tried to remain patient with only “20 percent’’ of the season gone.
“Injuries are a factor and something everyone has to deal with, but it’s tough to truly evaluate where you sit when you don’t have that core group together on a regular basis,’’ he said before the game.
“But there are other factors besides health that factor into where things go from here, and that’s how the team as a whole is performing based on the 25 guys who are out there on a given night.’’
Axelrod gave up six runs, five earned, and seven hits.
“It seemed like the hardest ball they hit was an out,’’ he said of the four-run third. “Unfortunately, the balls found holes.
“It’s tough putting your team in a hole like that, but we battled back and we were in it. I felt really good, and that’s the frustrating part, when you feel good and give up runs.’’
The Sox fell to 2-5 in two-run games, with the team having lost four of its last six overall and six of its last nine at home.
NOTES: Gordon Beckham hit off a tee, and hopes to return within two weeks.
“There was a lot to like the first day [swinging],’’ said Beckham, who had surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left hand. Beckham plans on playing in three or four minor-league games before returning. “A couple weeks from today [is] the goal,’’ he said.
◆ The Sox optioned Jordan Danks to Class AAA Charlotte after activating Dayan Viciedo.
◆ Angels manager Mike Scioscia called Thursday’s umpiring mistake in his team’s game against the Houston Astros “an isolated, unfortunate incident.’’ The mistake — when umpires improperly allowed Astros manager Bo Porter to make two pitching changes before a pinch hitter batted — brought a to two-game suspension from MLB for crew chief Fieldin Culbreth.