In terms of weather, the Los Angeles Angels probably can’t wait to get out of cold and blustery Chicago. After two rain delays last night and today’s game delayed by two hours and ten minutes, the boys from Southern California are definitely out of their element. However, their play on the field of late is anything but cold.
Tyler Chatwood, making his second start in the majors, pitched seven strong innings, and Howie Kendrick and Hank Conger provided the power, guiding the Angels to a 7-2 win over the White Sox for Chatwood’s first ever victory.
Chatwood, backed by three double plays by his defense behind him, scattered five hits over seven innings, his only blip on the radar a solo home run by Carlos Quentin. Chatwood struck out three and walked two.
After Vernon Wells opened the scoring in the second by doubling and eventually scoring on a wild pitch by White Sox starter Gavin Floyd (1-1), Howie Kendrick provided Chatwood with a 3-0 cushion with his fifth home run of the season in the top of the third with Brandon Wood on board.
After Quentin’s solo homer in the fifth brought the White Sox to within two, Hank Conger answered in the top of the sixth with a towering shot to right field with two runners on, giving Chatwood a 6-1 lead to work with.
The Angels, with their fourth victory in a row, are now off to their best start since 1995, and will have Dan Haren on the mound on Sunday to go for the sweep in Chicago.