Mike Scioscia jinxed it. "I think we have guys down there right now who can hold leads if we get 'em," the Angels manager said Thursday. "We just haven't got enough of them to really let those guys impact our record the way they can." A few hours later, Scioscia pulled starting pitcher Jerome Williams after six innings with a two-run lead over the Chicago White Sox, then watched the lead evaporate in front of an announced crowd of 37,711 at Angel Stadium. Reliever Michael Kohn's bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning brought home the go-ahead run, giving the White Sox a 5-4 victory. Williams didn't allow a baserunner until Alejandro De Aza singled to lead off the fourth inning. Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana was just as good early. Chris Iannetta ended Quintana's no-hit bid with a single in the third inning, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and threatened to score on a single to right field by Erick Aybar. Right fielder Alex Rios fielded Aybar's single cleanly but needed a near-perfect throw to get Iannetta at home plate. Rios delivered. Rios one-upped himself in the top of the fourth inning, launching a homer over both bullpens in left field. The Angels took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Mike Trout walked and Albert Pujols drove a Quintana fastball over the wall in right-center field.
Bullpen blows lead after strong start by Williams
L.A. Daily News | May 17