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Late rally comes up short as White Sox stumble in series finale with Angels

Late rally comes up short as White Sox stumble in series finale with Angels

It’s too bad the White Sox offense can’t get on any type of roll.

Otherwise John Danks might have more to show for a hard-fought six innings than another loss.

And the White Sox might have another series victory or two.

Despite issuing five walks Thursday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, Danks gave the White Sox exactly what they needed. But it was more about what his teammates couldn’t do against Jered Weaver in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels than it was about what Danks did.

The offense was dormant again until it was too late and the White Sox watched their chances of taking three of four from the Angels disappear. Melky Cabrera and Todd Frazier homered, but the White Sox stranded a pair of runners in the ninth inning against Los Angeles closer Huston Street. The White Sox have scored three or fewer runs in 10 of their first 16 games.

“We need to score some runs,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I don't think anyone out there early was breaking the radar gun. We needed to do something and Weave kept spinning it in there, taking something off and we couldn't get it going.”

A five-run contest on Tuesday aside, the White Sox have done very little over their last nine games. After a promising spring and 28 runs scored in their first seven games, the White Sox have produced 20 in their last nine.

The club’s .616 OPS ranks just 27th among 30 teams.

Three full-timers -- Jose Abreu (.190), Austin Jackson (.170) and Avisail Garcia (.146) -- are hitting below .200 as is catcher Alex Avila, who singled in two at-bats to raise his average to .185.

The White Sox struggled against Weaver until his final inning, when Cabrera’s solo homer to right got them within a run. But until then Weaver kept them out of sorts with a variety of pitches ranging from 66-to-86 mph. He didn’t allow more than a runner on base in each of the first four innings and retired nine in a row into the seventh until Cabrera homered.

Weaver improved to 11-2 against the White Sox as he limited them to a run, three hits and two walks in seven innings.

“Once you rush, he’s going to get you,” Frazier said.

The White Sox nearly got Street in the ninth after they entered down 3-1. Frazier drove a 1-2 slider out to right center with two outs for his fourth homer to make it a one-run game. Cabrera and Brett Lawrie, who also doubled off Weaver in the second, both walked. Jackson then ripped a first-pitch slider from Street to left, but Craig Gentry caught it two steps from the wall. It was too little too late for a White Sox offense that .275 on-base percentage and has scored three or fewer runs in 10 of 16 games. The White Sox are 4-6 in those contests.

“Pitchers have been doing their jobs and we’ve been up and down a little bit,” Frazier said. “But to say we’ve been scuffling, I think that’s the wrong term. I think we’ve been playing well. We haven’t been getting eight, nine or 10 runs a game, but we’ve been winning. Pitchers do their job and we find a way to get a couple of runs, we’ll take 2-1 wins every day of the week.”

The White Sox would take Danks’ effort Thursday every time without question.

He pitched out of a two-walk first inning as Albert Pujols popped out and Kole Calhoun hit a soft liner to third. He ended the second inning with a double play and got two more twin killings in the fifth and sixth innings.

But Danks kept his team in the game.

His only mistake was with two outs in the fifth when Danks left a 1-1 fastball up to Mike Trout, who crushed it to left center to give the Angels a 2-0 lead.

He allowed two earned runs and five hits.

“I’m pleased to keep us in the game,” Danks said. “But certainly need to be sharper than that, and we will.

“These guys are battling hard. There’s definitely no quit in this team. I feel like we’re in every game, have a chance to win. We fell a little short today, but that’s part of it.”

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.