ANAHEIM, Calif. (CBS) – The White Sox didn’t have not been having a bad road trip overall, but they had a disappointing night Tuesday, losing to the Los Angeles Angels 6-2.
The Angels struggled against pitcher John Danks last season. But this season, he remains winless.
Danks (0-6) gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings, raising his ERA to 4.50. He became the first White Sox pitcher to lose his first six decisions in a season since 1987, when Neil Allen was 0-7 in 10 starts before getting demoted to the bullpen by manager Jim Fregosi.
“This is getting old. It really is,” Danks said. “It’s frustrating. I don’t really know how else to put it. I think I’ve said that a lot this year. I’m out of reasons for it. I don’t know. I’m doing the same thing I’ve done my whole career, but it’s just not working out.
“I’m more frustrated than I’ve ever been in my career,” he added. “I feel like I’ve thrown the ball better than my record shows, but I’m still 0-6. I need to pull my weight and get better. I don’t want to be the weak link on the team, but deep down, I almost kind of feel like that.”
Danks is the first White Sox starter in the last seven games who failed to last seven innings. The last time the team had seven consecutive starts of seven or more innings was 1996.
“The other 24 guys in here and the coaching staff have been awesome, so I don’t feel like I’m alone or on an island by any means,” Danks said. “I mean, I came into the dugout between innings and the guys are reiterating that they’re in my corner. I wouldn’t say they’re talking me off the ledge, but they’re keeping me within arm’s reach so that I don’t jump off the ledge just yet. I have a pretty strong backbone.”
The Angels took a 3-0 lead in the first on Hunter’s RBI single and a two-run single by Callaspo, who was erased in a rundown for the third out of the inning after the throw toward the plate from left fielder Juan Pierre was cut off by third baseman Brent Morel.
Paul Konerko led off the White Sox second with a drive to left-center for his ninth homer and the 374th of his career, tying Rocky Colavito for 67th place all-time. But the Angels increased the margin to 5-1 with a pair of runs in the third. Izturis homered to left-center, Howie Kendrick legged out a double to left and Callaspo drove him in with a single.
Kendrick doubled again in the fifth to drive in the Angels’ sixth run after Hunter reached on an infield single and continued to second on Morel’s throwing error. Morel committed his second error of the night in the sixth when he tried to one-hand a popup by Bobby Abreu and missed it.
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