Mat Latos has been the most productive new White Sox thus far and that trend continued on Tuesday night. Latos went 6 1/3 strong innings as the White Sox snapped their three-game losing streak with a 5-0 win against the Angels. Latos gave up two hits and was never in trouble throughout the evening.
He was aided by a Todd Frazier rocket over the Sox bullpen in the second inning to put the White Sox on the board. Not to be outdone, Jose Abreu deposited a bomb into the center field bleachers to make it 2-0 in the fourth. The Sox had a chance to put the game out of reach in the fourth as Frazier followed Abreu's dinger with a single. Melky Cabrera roped a single to put two men on. After Brett Lawrie flew out deep to left, Austin Jackson singled to load the bases. Avisail Garcia had a chance to do big things on the 1-0 pitch as Matt Shoemaker hung one, but Garcia swung through it. He would eventually pop out to shallow right and Dioner Navarro lined to first to end the threat.
Latos wasn't as efficient as he has been. He walked three and his pitch total climbed early. With one out in the seventh, Andrelton Simmons ended his night with a double to left. Robin Ventura called on Matt Albers to work his magic. C.J. Cron greeted him with a sharp single to right. Adam Eaton charged and fired a gem of a throw to nail Simmons at the plate and keep the shutout intact. Albers then got Carlos Perez to chop to short to end the inning.
Nate Jones came on for the eighth and set the Angels down in order, including a fan interference call on a Cliff Pennington fly out to Melky Cabrera.
The Sox put the game out of reach in the eighth when Jimmy Rollins led off with a hustle double to left off of Jose Alvarez. After a ground out by Abreu, Frazier was intentionally walked. Melky would make them pay, as he smoked a two-run triple into the right center field gap to double the Sox lead. Brett Lawrie would follow that up with a single to bring home Cabrera to end the scoring.
With a five-run lead, Jones stayed on to work the ninth and sat Mike Trout down with a beautiful slider. After an Albert Pujols ground out, Kole Calhoun ended the game with a chopper to Lawrie to put the Sox back in the win column.
- The middle of the order came to play tonight, as Abreu, Frazier and Cabrera went 5-11 with two homers, four RBI's and four runs scored.
- The same couldn't be said for the Angels as Trout, Pujols and Calhoun went 0-10.
- Latos gave up his first hit with one out in the fifth as catcher Carlos Perez squibbed an infield single.
- Jones knocked down all six men he saw for his first save of the season.
- Eaton and Garcia were the only two White Sox to not record a hit.