By Steven S. Garcia
Anaheim, CA-(ENEWSPF)- After dropping two of the first three games, the White Sox (55-67) were in sunny southern California for the final game of this four-game set against the Los Angeles Angels (61-64).
The series finalé featured a few rookie right-handers on the mound as Dylan Cease (2-5 5.54) was on the rubber against Griffin Canning (4-6 4.86).
After throwing some heat to retire the first four Angels he faced, Cease surrendered a double fo Kole Calhoun and hit the next batter, Luis Rengifo. On a 2-1 count, Matt Thaiss jacked his 6th home run of the season over the rightfield wall to put the Sox in an early 3-0 hole after two innings.
In the 4th and two outs, the Sox got on the board. With James McCann on 1st, Eloy Jimenez hit a flyball to center that was misplayed by Brian Goodwin. Jimenez scampered all the way to 3rd for an RBI-triple to make it a 3-1 ballgame.
The Angels got the run back in their bottom half of the frame after Kole Calhoun led off the inning with a solo home run to left-center and regain their three-run lead, 4-1.
Dylan Cease was lifted from the game after giving up a leadoff double in the 6th to Luis Rengifo. Following the pitching change, Sox reliever Ross Detwiler served up and RBI-double to Matt Thaiss to increase the Los Angeles lead to 5-1.
The Angels added two more in the 7th. David Fletcher walked before Shohei Ohtani hit a missile to straightaway center for his 16th homer of the year and give the Halos a commanding 7-1 advantage.
Cease finished with allowing five runs on seven hits, striking out six and walking one in five innings pitched.
The Angels tacked on another pair of runs in the 8th with an Anthony Bemboom two-run homer. For Bemboom, it was his first career long ball.
In the 9th and reliever Adalberto Mejia on the mound for the Angels, Eloy Jimenez hit a rocket clearing the rightfield wall for his 22nd homer of the year – a solo shot – and make it a 9-1.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Sox drop the series finalé 9-2.
After the game, Dylan Cease spoke of his rough outing and said, “Today I felt solid throughout the game. It’s just one of those things where I’m going to keep working at it and not get too result-oriented, just keep following the process. Really, I feel like I’ve got a whole other level I can take it to. I’m wasting too many pitches. But for the most part, getting through the first five is definitely big.”
The Sox will travel to Target Field to take on the Minnesota Twins for a three-game series starting Monday at 7:10 PM.
The scheduled starters are Ivan Nova (8-9 4.51) vs. Kyle Gibson (11-5 4.28).
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- Yoan Moncada, who is undergoing a rehab assignment in Triple-A Charlotte, went a combined 3-7 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday’s doubleheader for the Knights. Moncada is batting .333 in three rehab games thus far. The Sox third baseman injured his right hamstring on July 30 against the New York Mets. He is hitting .301 with 20 HR and 59 RBI for the big club. There is still no target date for his return.