Angels’ 6-2 win over White Sox a walk in the park
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 19, 2013 5:46PM
Updated: May 19, 2013 9:13PM
ANAHEIM, Calif. — As if 10 walks Saturday weren’t enough to make pitching coach Don Cooper scratch his head, an unexpected source — right-hander Jake Peavy — piled on five more in the White Sox’ 6-2 loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Angels.
Peavy (5-2), who had been 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his previous five starts, walked No. 8 hitter Chris Iannetta leading off the Angels’ two-run third, then walked four in the Angels’ two-run fourth. Iannetta’s walk in the fourth was his fifth in a row in the last two days.
Peavy had issued eight walks entering the game.
‘‘The frustrating part is I felt so good, was so close,’’ said Peavy, who felt like his slider was the best it had been all season. ‘‘Obviously, the walks kill you. I have all the respect for Chris Iannetta, but you have to make him hit the ball.’’
Right-hander Brian Omogrosso walked one in relief, bringing the Sox’ total to 16 in two games.
The result gave the Angels a split of the four-game series after the Sox had won the first two. The Sox (19-23) went 4-3 on a road trip that started with three games against the Minnesota Twins.
Alex Rios extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI double, one of five Sox hits. Angels left-hander Jason Vargas (3-3) held the Sox to four hits in seven scoreless innings.
After leaving the game Saturday with back spasms, slugger Adam Dunn was back in the lineup as the designated hitter. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts.
Dunn said coming out of the game Saturday was more painful than the back itself. Because of his history of coming back from ailments too soon, it was somewhat surprising the Sox didn’t give him a day off to play it safe.
‘‘There are times where the ‘Tommy Tough Guy’ doesn’t work out too well for you,’’ Dunn said. ‘‘So I was really making sure I like where everything is. I don’t want one game to screw up three weeks. But I felt good enough to think I’ll be fine.’’
Don’t let it slide
Right-hander Matt Lindstrom is more accustomed to starting a clean inning rather than coming in with runners on base. He said coming into a game with runners on base could force him to use a slide step while warming up.
‘‘I’m a high-leg-kick, come-after-you-with-my-fastball guy,’’ he said, noting his delivery allows runners to get better jumps.
Lindstrom (4.76 ERA) is tied for second in the American League with 21 relief appearances. He said he likes the workload.
‘‘You worry about August and September, but we’re more worried about having too many days off and not staying sharp,’’ he said.
Manager Robin Ventura said a decision about whether to activate left-hander John Danks to pitch this weekend against the Miami Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field might be made Monday in Chicago.
† Second baseman Gordon Beckham went 3-for-5 in Class AAA Charlotte’s 11-6 loss at Buffalo. He had two hits Saturday.