Angels’ Offense Struggles Against Latos

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Updated: April 19, 2016

Chicago White Sox’ starting pitcher Mat Latos shut down the Angels’ offense and outdueled Angels’ starter Matt Shoemaker in a 5-0 Chicago victory. The former Angels’ pitcher only allowed two hits in the outing.  

Latos finished the night with very impressive stats. Along with allowing zero runs and one hit, he pitched 6 and 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked three. He extended his scoreless-inning streak to 26 and also lowered his ERA from 0.75 to 0.49.

Shoemaker also pitched well. He finished with 6 and 1/3 innings pitched, two runs, six hits, 1 walk and four strikeouts.  Shoemaker only made two-real mistakes as he allowed two home runs to White Sox batters.

In the second inning, Shoemaker got behind in the count and gave up a solo home run to Todd Frazier. The homer put the first run of the game on the board.

Shoemaker struggled in the fourth inning. He allowed Jose Abreu to leadoff the fourth with a blast to center field for a solo home run that provided the White Sox with a 2-0 advantage. Shoemaker gave up three other singles in the inning to load the bases, but avoided danger by getting Avisail Garcia to fly out to right field and Dioner Navarro to line out to first base.

The Angels finally got their first hit in the top of the fifth inning when Carlos Perez reached on an infield single. They failed to get any other action going after the single.

Andrelton Simmons knocked Latos out of the game in the top of the seventh inning with a one-out double. C.J. Cron followed with a knock to right field, but White Sox’ right fielder Adam Eaton gunned down Simmons at the plate to prevent the Angels from getting on the board.

Jose Alvarez replaced Shoemaker and finished off the seventh inning. But in the eighth inning the wheels fell off for Alvarez. Jimmy Rollins started off the inning with a double. Following an intentional walk to Frazier, Melky Cabrera hit a two-RBI triple. Then, Brett Lawrie preceded to knock in Cabrera with an RBI single.

With only three hits on the night, the Angels failed to produce any kind of offense against the White Sox’ pitchers. They tied their lowest hit total of the year; just one night after recording their highest hit total. The Angels team average fell to .233 on the year. They were shutout for the second time this season.

The two teams faceoff again tomorrow in a battle of the aces as Garrett Richards and Chris Sale take the mound for their respected clubs in Game 3 of the four-game set at 11:10 a.m.

Anthony Sosa is a Staff Writer at Halo Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @A_sos27.

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