Coming into Wednesday, Gavin Floyd had a 1.26 ERA and a 265 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last four starts. But he allowed a season-high seven runs, including five on home runs off the bats of scuffling Angels Albert Pujols and Vernon Wells, as Los Angeles beat the White Sox 7-2. Dayan Viciedo looked great, though, going 3-4 with a home run and a fantastic throw from left to nail Mike Trout at second.
Sad news as Kevin Hickey, who pitched for the Sox from 1981-1983 and joined the team's coaching staff in 2003, passed away at the age of 56. Chuck Garfien wrote about the life of a "classic underdog" while he, Bill Melton, Frank Thomas and Hawk Harrelson, as well as Ron Kittle and Don Cooper. remembered the life of Hickey:
Our thoughts are with the entire Hickey family and his friends.
The Angels' offensive outburst, led by Pujols and Wells, kinda threw a wrench in this comparison, but hey, the Sox had their offensive success here and there last season.
Chances you say "awwww man!" after reading this tweet from CSNChicago's stat guru Christopher Kamka: high.
Winning pitchers today: Mark Buehrle, Jose Contreras, Clayton Richard, Gio Gonzalez. Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 17, 2012
Garfien, Melton and Thomas previewed the first installment of the BP Crosstown Cup in the BMO-Harris Look Ahead:
Know your Chicago baseball? There's a casting call for a Comcast SportsNet trivia show this weekend. Check out the details here.
Around the division: Every member of Detroit's starting infield committed an error and Austin Jackson left with an injury as the Tigers lost to the Twins 11-7, Cleveland lit up Felix Hernandez in a 9-3 win over the Mariners and the Royals fell to Baltimore in 15 but promoted top prospects Jake Odorizzi and Wil Myers to Triple-A.