American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, May 17th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago White Sox (17-21) at LA Angels of Anaheim (17-21), 3:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Chris Sale (3-2, 3.08)
LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (4-3, 3.42)
(Sports Network) - The LA Angels of Anaheim hope life under new hitting coach
Jim Eppard has continued success as they target a sweep of a two-game series
versus the Chicago White Sox this afternoon at Angel Stadium.
Eppard took over for Mickey Hatcher this week and the Angels responded with a
7-2 victory last night behind a 12-hit attack. Albert Pujols homered for the
second time this season, belting a three-run homer in the third inning to
extend his hitting streak to five games. Vernon Wells clubbed a two-run shot
for the Angels, who have won two in a row after losing three of four.
Angels starter Jerome Williams went eight innings and gave up two runs on 10
hits with five strikeouts to win his fourth straight decision.
"I felt good and I was throwing the ball where I needed to," said Williams. "I
just want to go out there and pitch well. When we score, I just try to go back
out there and throw up a zero."
The Angels will close out a four-game homestand today before embarking on a
10-game road trip to San Diego, Oakland and Seattle.
Making his third start since Friday, Angels first-year lefty C.J. Wilson gets
the call this afternoon and is 4-3 with a 3.42 ERA in eight starts. Wilson
faced his former Texas Rangers teammates in a 10-3 loss on May 11 and lasted
only one-third of an inning because of a lengthy rain delay. The southpaw
never returned to the mound when the game resumed, but was dealt the loss for
giving up four runs and three hits.
Wilson then got the start again on Saturday in a 4-2 win in Arlington and did
not record a decision with 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball. The last time a
pitcher started back-to-back games was former Texas right-hander Aaron Myette,
who was ejected after four pitches back on Sept. 3, 2002, then got the nod
again the following day.
Wilson is 2-1 in three starts at Angel Stadium this season and brings an
unblemished record against Chicago into Thursday's matchup. In 12 lifetime
meetings (3 starts) with the White Sox, he is 3-0 with a 2.92 ERA over 24 2/3
innings of work.
Chicago has dropped two straight and four of five games, and will try to avoid
a sweep in the City of Angels. In last night's five-run loss, Paul Konerko had
his second straight three-hit night and Dayan Viciedo ended 3-for-4 with a
home run for the White Sox.
Gordon Beckham had two hits and drove in a run in the loss.
"We had guys swinging but the balls just didn't want to fall in," said Chicago
manager Robin Ventura. "They were swinging the bats well and you have to tip
your cap to them."
Pale Hose starter Gavin Floyd was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits with a walk
and four strikeouts over six innings to absorb the loss.
Chicago will also visit the rival Cubs for three games this weekend.
It appears Chris Sale will continue his starting duties following a brief
stint in the bullpen and gets the nod for the White Sox today. Sale was
saddled with a blown save in a 5-3 win at Cleveland on May 8, then returned to
the rotation in Saturday's 5-0 loss to Kansas City. Sale was dealt the setback
for giving up three runs and seven hits in five innings of work.
Sale, a left-hander, owns a 3-2 mark and a 3.08 ERA in seven games (6 starts)
this season. He will make his first career start against the Angels after two
Chicago lost six of eight meetings with Anaheim a year ago.
05/17 10:40:21 ET