June 23: Chicago 13, Anaheim 7
On paper, this was the one pitching matchup of the series that didn’t look bad for the Angels. They had Jered Weaver going, owner of the best ERA in the Expansion Division among qualified pitchers at 3.25, against Johnny Rigney, with his 5.52 ERA. So naturally, the White Sox ambushed Weaver for his first disaster start of the season. 2.2 innings was by far his briefest start and he allowed a season-high seven runs. The White Sox rang up all those runs against him using only walks (3) and singles (8).
Luke Appling was especially good for Chicago with two walks, two singles, and a double.
R H BB CHI 016 112 101 - 13 15 8 ANA 001 100 320 - 7 10 1 HR: F. Thomas (13), C. Fisk (2), M. Trout (7), B. Downing (4) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Rigney 6.1 5 5 0 1 3 J. Weaver 2.2 7 7 0 3 4 CHI 33-40, ANA 26-47
June 24: Chicago 3, Anaheim 1
What looked like a lopsided pitching matchup turned out to be a much closer contest than game one. Kelvim Escobar contained Chicago’s bats so well that he carried a 1-1 tie into the eighth. After the Sox started the eighth off with a single and a triple, Escobar was relieved by Brendan Donnelly, against whom both inherited runners scored.
Eddie Cicotte was back in top form after a few mediocre starts and now has the seventh best ERA in the loop at 3.33. Jim Edmonds was 3-for-3 against Cicotte, but the rest of the Angels lineup was a combined 2-for-28, and Cicotte issued no walks in a complete game.
R H BB CHI 000 010 020 - 3 8 3 ANA 010 000 000 - 1 5 0 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Cicotte 9.0 1 1 0 0 4 K. Escobar 7.0 3 3 0 1 3 CHI 34-40, ANA 26-48
June 25: Chicago 4, Anaheim 1
Another bad-on-paper pitching matchup for Anaheim, and another better than usual performance by the Angel hurler. Dean Chance limited the Sox to one run in the first six innings while Chris Sale was slicing and dicing through the Angels lineup to the tune of seven shutout innings.
Appling led off the top of the seventh with a double, which was followed up by a throwing error by catcher Bob Boone that sent Appling to third. Francisco Rodriguez relieved Chance, gave up a sac-fly to Robin Ventura, and then a two-run bomb to Sherm Lollar.
Another dandy performance from Sale saw his ERA drop to 2.67, fourth best in the loop. Between Cicotte, Sale, and Ed Walsh, the White Sox boast three of the top 11 ERAs in the league among qualified hurlers.
R H BB CHI 000 100 300 - 4 7 3 ANA 000 000 010 - 1 5 4 HR: S. Lollar (5) starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Sale 7.0 0 0 0 3 5 D. Chance 6.0 3 2 0 1 2 CHI 35-40, ANA 26-49