U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago Saturday April 16, 2011
Led by solid pitching and hitting, the Los Angeles Angels rose to the occasion and defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-2.
In his 2nd major league start rookie pitcher Tyler Chatwood halted the ChiSox bats while second baseman Howie Kendrick and catcher Hank Conger each powered homers to lead Los Angeles of Anaheim.
The baseball game was delayed 2 hours by cold/windy April Chicago weather of 30-35 degrees, some sleet, and winds of 25 mph. Attendance was 21,250 but many no-shows. The stands appeared 1/10th full.
The Angels bats drove Chicago starting pitcher Gavin Floyd from the mound via a 2 run, 3rd inning home run by Howie Kendrick, his 4th of season and a 3 run blast in the 6th by catcher Hank Conger, 1st of 2011. Gavin Floyd surrendered 8 hits , 6 earned runs , 2 walks, 3 so in 6 innings. Sox reliever Will Ohman gave a double to LA’s third baseman Macier Izturis to start the 7th, and Howie Kendrick singled him home – scored 7-1 and after just one out. Tony Pena was brought in to relieve Will Ohman. Tony Pena pitched the final 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit, no runs, while notching 3 strikeouts.
One would never know this was just Tyler Chatwood second major league start. He lost his major league debut on 4.11.2011 giving up 4 runs in 5 innings versus Cleveland. He mixed up his pitches, high and low but always over the plate. Tyler Chatwood yielded just 5 hits thru 7 innings, allowing only one run, a solo home run by Sox rightfielder Carlos Quentin. Angels reliever Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless 8th and Rich Thompson came on in the 9th and was tagged for a homer by Paul Konerko, final score Angels 7 White Sox 2. It was Paulie’s 4th homer of 2011.
Los Angeles improved its season record to 9-5 while the Sox fell to 7-7.
Angels leadoff batter Maicer Izturis had 2 hits in 5 at bats, including his 5th double of year, and scored once and is hitting a red-hot .357 for ’11. Howie Kendrick went 2-5, homer #5, 1 run, 3 RBI and rf/cf Vernon Wells was 2-4 with a double (#2) and run scored. LA catcher Hank Conger 2-fo-4, including first double and first home run of 2011.
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