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Angels 1, White Sox 0: Scoreless for 32 straight innings

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The White Sox are shutout for the third consecutive game for the first time since 1968.

Poor James.
Poor James.
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Yunel Escobar led off the bottom of the first with a triple over the head of J.B. Shuck and scored on a ground ball to second by Mike Trout. That was all that Matt Shoemaker needed for the victory as the White Sox put up their third consecutive goose egg.

The White Sox had their best chance to score in the ninth. Shoemaker was sent out to finish the job and was greeted by an Adam Eaton double. After an unproductive groundout to short by Jose Abreu, Melky Cabrera singled to left to put men on the corners. Todd Frazier and Justin Morneau, however, both struck out and Shoemaker completed the shutout.

Abreu had a pair of early doubles. In the first, his two-out double was followed up by a Melky Cabrera grounder to short. In the fourth his one out double was followed by a pop up to left by Cabrera and a Todd Frazier strikeout. He had a chance to tie the game with a man on second in the sixth when Eaton hit a two-out infield single and stole second, but Jose struck out to end the inning.

James Shields was fantastic. Besides the problems in the first inning, he went the rest of the way with ease. At one point he had retired 12 in a row. Nobody reached second until Ji-man Choi doubled with one out in the bottom of the eighth. That was the second and final hit he gave up in the complete game loss. In his last two starts, Shields has gone 15 innings and has given up three runs. He has lost both games.

  • Morneau hit the ball hard in three of his four at bats, but all he found was Angel gloves.
  • Dioner Navarro was 0-3 and hasn't gotten a hit since Alex Avila went down with an injury. He did pick off Kole Calhoun at second base to end the first inning.
  • Tim Anderson committed his third error of the series when he booted an Andrelton Simmons grounder in the third. However, he made a smooth play on a liner by Escobar to double Calhoun off at first.
  • The White Sox have gone 32 innings without scoring a run, and have fallen back to .500. Are you serious bros?

Record: 45-45 | Box