Sometimes, you just have to tip your cap. And tonight, was one of those nights.
Riding a three-game winning streak into tonight’s game, the Angels ran into Chris Sale. From the moment “play ball” was yelled by the home plate umpire, Sale was in control of this game. Mike Trout saved the fans from having to endure being no-hit, And he was one of two base runners that the Angels would manage against the Chicago White Sox ace all game.
The game remained interesting through the sixth inning, as C.J. Wilson seemingly matched Sale, pitch for pitch, frame in and frame out. But one of C.J.’s drawbacks this year, has been the meltdown inning. And tonight, that inning, was the seventh inning. With one out, Wilson walked Tyler Flowers. That was followed by a Tyler Greene single. A wild pitch moved the runners up, but Wilson got Alejandro De Aza to ground out. But with two outs, the first blow was finally struck when Alexei Ramirez singled home both Flowers and Greene. Wilson was then removed in favor of Michael Kohn, who promptly gave up an RBI double to Alex Rios, making it 3-0 White Sox, even though they only needed one with the way that Sale was pitching.
On Sale’s 98th pitch of the evening, Alberto Callaspo flied out to Alex Rios, and that was all she wrote. A tip of the cap to a pitcher who is jockeying for position to be one of the top-five hurlers in the game today.
The Angels did manage to win the series, which is something they haven’t been doing a whole lot of this season. Their record drops to 14-23, and they head to Kansas City to take on a surprisingly good Kansas City Royals team.
The winning streak is over, but that doesn’t mean that a new one can’t start tomorrow. All it takes, is three in a row, it has happened before.