That strategy of not giving Mike Trout anything to hit really seemed to work for the first two games of this series.
Trout was 0 for 2 with an eye-popping six walks on Wednesday and Thursday in Anaheim, even drawing a very carefully crafted base on balls with the bases loaded in last night’s contest. So you would think the White Sox would use the same tool in game three and give Trout a few more free passes on their way to another victory, right?
Sigh. I think you can see where this one is going.
Trout was a menace, as is often the case with the best player in the world by a rather indisputable margin. He went yard twice, with a high fly ball to left that he initially thought was a routine third out in the first and a rocket into the left field corner in the sixth. Trout didn’t limit himself to the long ball either, doubling in the third and drawing a hit by pitch fifth.
He came around to score after the beanball, which gave him a total of three runs and four RBIs – a night to remember even for a legend like Trout, whose career has been for naught in terms of playoff success thanks to a lackluster Angels organization.
That didn’t come into play tonight, as Trout’s supporting cast did more than enough to secure an 11-3 victory over Chicago. Fellow future hall of famer (though far the prime of his career) Albert Pujols took White Sox starter James Shields deep in the second inning, and Japanese hitting and pitching sensation Shohei Ohtani did the same later in the ballgame. Shields was chased after a mere four innings and a ghastly six earned runs allowed in what very well could be his final start in a White Sox uniform.
Tyler Skaggs was on the bump for Los Angeles tonight, and he threw together a fairly spectacular outing. He flashed electric stuff in his first time through the South Siders’ order, striking out a whopping seven of the first nine men he faced.
The White Sox finally got to him in the fourth, courtesy of a Jose Abreu double, a misplay by the normally flawless shortstop Andrelton Simmons, and a sacrifice fly to center from Yoan Moncada which then tied the game at two. It didn’t last long, however, for Trout and the rest of the Angels’ bats to take over and put the game firmly out of reach. Matt Davidson went yard in the ninth, but by then it was far too little and far too late.
Tomorrow, the White Sox will look to secure a winning road trip coming out of the All-Star break as they pit Dylan Covey against fellow right-hander Nick Tropeano. That will be a much needed day game as Chicago goes for the series win in Anaheim.
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