After the White Sox took the first two of the four games out west against the Angels this weekend, they fell on Saturday in a wacky one. And unfortunately, they picked up where they left off in the final game of the set Sunday afternoon.
This game can be wrapped up by recapping just two main factors we saw play out in Anaheim throughout the afternoon.
Peavy Loses Control
After working through two fairly easy innings to start off the game, the wheels really did fall off, at least for a bit, for the Jakemeister in the bottom of the third inning.
Chris Iannetta drew a walk (finished with eight against the Sox in six games played) to lead off the inning, and the Halos took a 2-0 lead after a J.B. Shuck single and an Erick Aybar 2-RBI double.
Things only got worse in the fourth inning when, for the first time since April 22, 2010, Peavy walked four hitters in an inning. Two of those four walks were RBI-BB's, giving LA a comfortable 4-0 lead.
Peavy did gain control from there on out, as he was able to go six innings for the south siders. Though he let up the four runs, he had a half-way decent final line of 6 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 7 K. His ERA is now 3.31 on the season and his record stands at 5-2.
The final two runs the Angels scored came off of Brian Omogrosso in the eighth inning after working a scoreless seventh.
I'd say Peavy's control isn't something to worry about in the long-term. He's shown time and time again that he consistently throws strikes, only having nine walks passed out to this point in the season.
Vargas Does Us In
You know how the Sox always seem to have problems with soft-tossing lefties? Like … always? Seemingly throughout the past decade or so?
Well Jason Vargas is an experienced southpaw who throws the ball fairly straight but works in a great changeup while hitting his spots to beat hitters. And beat us he did on Sunday afternoon.
Until the sixth inning, the Sox only had two hits, both off the bat of Jeff Keppinger, who also drew his second walk of the season in the ball game. He raised his average to a staggering .197 after the mammoth game. Please now picture my sarcastic 'thumbs up' gesture.
The team produced their only run of the game in the eighth inning thanks to an Alexei Ramirez walk and an Alex Rios RBI double down the left field line, extending his hitting streak to 14 games during which he's hitting .386.
And speaking of Alexei: the 'Cuban Missile' collected one of the team's five hits too, going 1-for-3 on the afternoon. He's now hitting .340 in the two-hole this season.
Hopefully, the Sox can get their offense back on track sometime in the very near future, though it won't be easy with Jon Lester and Clay Bucholz in the team's upcoming forecast.
As we said on Twitter, it was pretty disappointing to see the Sox drop the final two games of this series considering they'd taken the first two and held a 4-0 lead in the middle of the game on Saturday.
It appeared they had their feet firmly on the pedal at that point, but the Halos were able to slow us down. Still, the Sox wrapped up this road trip at 4-3 and 9-9 over the last 18 games, 15 of which have been on the road. Considering how bad the Sox have been for the most part so far this season, it certainly could've been worse.
To start off the home stand this upcoming week, the Sox face the Boston Red Sox starting Monday at US Cellular Field. Per usual, Matt Hoeppner will preview the set before it gets underway at 35th & Shields.