Despite Weaver allowing five runs to a team he usually dominates,
he earned a win in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-5 victory in the second
game of doubleheader to sweep against the White Sox.
The Angels took the first game, 8-4.
Right-fielder Kole Calhoun (2-for-4) and second baseman Howie
Kendrick (2-for-3) each scored twice and drove in two runs to lead
the way offensively for Los Angeles (47-35) in the nightcap,
including Calhoun's key a two-run homer in the fifth inning. The
Angels had 10 different players drive in runs in the two games
"We've been playing some good baseball," Los Angeles manager Mike
Scioscia said. "We haven't finished some games off on this trip. (We
had) some tough ones at Kansas City, but I think our guys on the
offensive side have proven that they're going to pressure teams and
(score) runs. Our challenge is going to be to hold leads and we were
able to do it today in two games. It's good to see."
Right-hander Scott Carroll (2-5) started for Chicago (39-46) and
took the loss, allowing seven earned runs in six-plus innings.
Right-hander Joe Smith closed out both games for his eighth and
Third-baseman Conor Gillaspie (2-for-3, home run, two RBIs) and
right-fielder Dayan Viciedo (2-for-4, home run, two RBIs) led the
way for the White Sox -- who came into the game with a three-game
winning streak. Chicago pitchers combined to walk 13 in the two
games, including seven by right-handed starter Hector Noesi in the
"You get yourself in trouble and put yourself in bad spots (with
walks)," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It happened in both
games. Especially with this lineup, you don't want to put anybody on
and give them extra chances. We did that plenty in both games."
Weaver (9-6), meanwhile, had an uncharacteristic outing against
Chicago's American League team. He struck out six, but lasted only 5
2/3 innings and allowed five runs (all earned) on nine hits. Coming
into the game, Weaver had already beaten Chicago once this season in
Anaheim and held a 1.70 ERA against the Sox in 11 prior starts --
the lowest in major league history (minimum 10 starts).
Most of the damage was done in the sixth, when the White Sox mounted
their second comeback of the game. Trailing 6-2, they scored three
runs on four hits -- including a long two-run homer to left by
Viciedo that made it 6-5. Chicago also had runners at the corners
when right-handed reliever Michael Morin struck out second baseman
Leury Garcia looking to end the inning.
"It was one of those things where I tried to keep us in the game,"
Weaver said. "I had to battle there and I just left a couple pitches
up and those guys put it where they should. The story of the night
is the offense kept scoring and picking me up, and the bullpen came
in and did a great job. It was good to see."
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Newly-acquired Angels right-hander Jason Grilli nearly got into a
jam in the eighth, leading by just two runs, but a couple of great
defensive plays by shortstop Erick Aybar made sure no damage was
inflicted. He leapt high in the air to snag a line drive by Viciedo
for the inning's first out, nearly doubling off the runner at first,
and then turned a double play by fielding a hard-hit grounder by
Alejandro De Aza that skipped off Grilli's mitt on the mound.
"Erick made a couple great plays," Scioscia said. "I mean, you
couldn't go much higher for that line drive, first of all, and then
the line drive back at Jason hit off his glove and Erick really just
stayed with it, didn't panic, (made a) nice feed to Howie, who made
a nice turn and that's a big play to clean up that eighth inning."
In the first game, the Angels came back from an early 3-0 deficit to
win 8-4 thanks to three home runs and a strong outing by
right-hander starter Garrett Richards (9-2, 2.81) -- who bounced
back from allowing a three-run homer by Abreu in the first inning to
earn his third straight win.
NOTES: The Angels acquired 37-year-old LHP Rich Hill from the Boston
Red Sox for cash considerations. Hill, who becomes the lone
left-hander in the Los Angeles bullpen, spent the entire season at
Triple-A Pawtucket. He got into both games of the doubleheader,
allowing one run on a hit and two walks in the first game and
walking his only hitter in the second. "We've talked about it a
little while, with hopefully (adding) a little more balance in our
'pen and trying to get a lefty down there that can help us in
certain situations," manager Mike Scioscia said. ... RHP Michael
Kohn was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Hill. ...
Angels RHP Fernando Salas (shoulder inflammation) threw his second
bullpen session in three days before the first game. He could return
to the bullpen as soon as Wednesday. ... White Sox manager Robin
Ventura said LHP Chris Sale should make his third All-Star Game
appearance, despite missing 35 days with an arm injury earlier this
season. "He has proven (himself)," Ventura said. "Whether he missed
a little bit of time, he's still one of the better (pitchers) and
his numbers prove it out."
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