American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Chicago|
(Sunday, August 5th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, LA Angels of Anaheim 2
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - A.J. Pierzynski made it five straight games
with a home run on Sunday afternoon, as his two-run blast in the seventh
inning helped the White Sox beat the Angels, 4-2, in the rubber match of a
Pierzynski came on as a pinch-hitter in the seventh with a runner on first. He
smacked Jason Isringhausen's offer over the wall in right-center field to
put Chicago in front.
Pierzynski tied the franchise record for consecutive games with a home run.
Paul Konerko accomplished the feat from June 17-21, 2011.
"Of course, of course. Just waiting for the right time to unleash him," said
White Sox manager Robin Ventura with a laugh about knowing Pierzynski would
homer. "He's as strong as anybody, so when he hits it, it's going to go."
Kevin Youkilis added a solo homer for the White Sox, who won their fourth
Chicago starter Francisco Liriano gave up one run on four hits over five
innings before leaving with a right quad contusion. He was hit by a Maicer
Izturis grounder in the fifth. Nate Jones (5-0) allowed one run on four hits
over two innings of relief to pick up the win.
Torii Hunter and Mike Trout each had an RBI for the Angels, who have lost four
Dan Haren gave up one run on four hits over six innings. Jason Isringhausen
(3-2) allowed two runs on three hits without recording an out in the seventh
for Los Angeles, which fell to 3-4 on a 10-game road trip.
"We knew this was going to be a tough trip," Haren said.
Los Angeles broke a scoreless tie in the fifth. Izturis led off with an
infield single off Liriano's leg. Peter Bourjos followed with a bunt
single and both runners advanced a base on Bobby Wilson's sacrifice bunt.
Trout's sacrifice fly made it a 1-0 game.
The Angels had a chance to extend their lead in the sixth. With the bases
loaded and one out, Izturis grounded into a double play.
Youkilis hit a solo homer to left in the bottom half to tie the game at one.
Los Angeles went back in front in the seventh. Bourjos walked, moved to second
on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Hunter's single to left.
But Pierzynski put the White Sox on top for good in the bottom half. Dayan
Viciedo singled and crossed the plate on Pierzynski's blast to right-center
Chicago tacked on an insurance run in the eighth. Konerko led off with a
single and scored on Alexei Ramirez's triple to right-center field. Hunter
almost made a great diving catch as the ball deflected off the top of his
Addison Reed tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his 19th save of the season.
The White Sox lead the season series, 3-2...Haren returned to the Angels
rotation on Sunday after being scratched from his last scheduled start.
08/05 20:09:42 ET