Five days ago, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale flirted with a perfect game, allowing no hits and no walks through 6.1 innings before a single by Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout ended any hopes of such an achievement.
Ultimately, Sale beat the Angels, tossing a complete-game one-hitter in a game that saw the White Sox win 3-0 to salvage the finale of a three-game weekend series in Chicago. Counting that loss, the Angels have dropped four of five, including a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Chicago in the first game of a four-game weekend set that kicked off on Thursday in Los Angeles.
Now they’ll look to get back on track against Sale and the White Sox in Friday’s contest.
Thankfully, it will be starter C.J. Wilson taking the bump for the Angels. The 32-year-old left-hander, who was joined in Los Angeles by former Texas Rangers teammate and fellow free agent Josh Hamilton less than a week after signing with the club, has been one of the Angels’ most consistent starters during the early part of the season, posting a 3-2 record to go with a 3.88 ERA.
The last time Wilson pitched, he was matched up against Sale, and although he performed rather well, the latter was obviously better. The good thing is that it’s highly unlikely Sale will duplicate what he did on Sunday.
Then again, this has been a season of many hardships for the Angels, who put together one of the fiercest lineups in Major League Baseball — on paper. So far, things haven’t panned out the way they had hoped.
Maybe all that will change on Friday.