Angels split Windy City unsatisfied

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While many of the Angels believe umpire Doug Eddings lost his good sense with his non-strikeout call in Wednesday’s Game 2, of a more pressing concern is the disappearance of the Angels’ offense in the first two games. There should be some credit given to the Chicago White Sox pitching, but the Angels hitters have fallen into the same trap they found themselves in many times during the regular season. As a team, the Angels are hitting .190 (12 for 63) with three extra-base hits. Vladimir Guerrero is 0 for 8, Chone Figgins is 1 for 7, Garret Anderson is 1 for 8 and Bengie Molina is 1 for 7. Earning respect White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called Molina the best catcher in baseball, which didn’t come as news to Scioscia. The Angels left Chicago with a split, giving them the home-field advantage with three games scheduled at Angel Stadium and two at U.S. Cellular Field. But after winning Game 1, a split wasn’t the goal. “You don’t go into a series thinking you want to win two out of three, or split,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “You go into every game and you pour your heart into it, and try to win them all. Going 2-0 or 1-1 or 0-2 … there’s no lead that’s safe until you get the last out.” Playing at home has been an advantage for the Angels in the playoffs. Since 1982, the Angels are 14-5 (.737) at home, the best winning percentage in the majors (minimum 10 games) during that span. Against the White Sox, the Angels are 39-15 at home since 1995. Bats quiet center_img “I’ve been saying that for a while,” Scioscia said. “He’s in an elite category of catchers with (Jason) Varitek, (Victor) Martinez, he’s a terrific player. Bengie bring a level of experience that matches his physical talent, which makes him a very good catcher.” — Joe Haakenson Almost an Angel Jon Garland will take the Angel Stadium mound today as the starting pitcher for the White Sox. If not for an unusual chain of events back in December 2001, Garland might have been taking the mound today wearing the red and white of the Angels. The Angels and White Sox had reportedly agreed to a trade in which Garland and outfielder Chris Singleton would come to Anaheim in exchange for Darin Erstad. Then-Angels team president Tony Tavares vetoed the deal. “It happens in baseball all the time in baseball these days, trades, moving around,” Garland said. “It happened to me in ’98 as a young kid getting traded to the White Sox (from the Cubs). It’s business. You’ve got to understand that. “If it would have happened, it would have happened, and I would have made the best of it.” Home field advantage That “Fear the Monkey’ battle cry at the Big A might work after all. The White Sox have a respectable 3-4 record at Angel Stadium in Guillen’s two seasons as a manager, including a four-game split this season. Nonetheless, the Sox speak of road games in Anaheim as a trying experience. “Most of the time we start (a West Coast road trip) in Oakland, the pitching staff in Oakland gives us problems and then we move to Anaheim and we carried the problem to here,” Guillen said. — Keven Chavez 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more