Things didn’t go so well at The Cell last night. White Sox starter Carlos Rodon lasted only 1/3 of an inning against the Angels, giving up five runs on six hits and throwing only 22 of his 41 pitches for strikes in the 7-0 loss to Anaheim. With Rodon struggling, the bullpen got in plenty of work.
Jake Petricka threw 33 pitches, Zach Putnam threw 34 and Dan Jennings threw 49 to pick up the slack. There’s a chance that none of these relievers will be available for tonight’s game, which prompted the Sox to option outfielder J.B. Shuck to Triple-A Charlotte in order to bring up some bullpen help. Taking Shuck’s spot on the roster is 26-year-old right-hander Erik Johnson, who has started 16 games for the South Siders over the past three seasons, compiling a 7-4 record to go with a 4.17 ERA.
Hopefully, the need for the bullpen won’t be as necessary this evening as Chicago sends Mat Latos to the mound, who has been a pleasant surprise in this young 2016 campaign. In his first two starts, Latos has surrendered only one run on four hits in twelve innings, has walked only two and has struck out six.
The Angels will counter with right-hander Matt Shoemaker, who has had two very different outings. In his first start of the year, he was hammered by the Rangers, giving up six runs on seven hits. However, he bounced back nicely with six innnigs of one-hit, shutout baseball last Wednesday against Oakland.
Here’s everything else you need to know about tonight’s matchup on the South Side.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (6-7) at Chicago White Sox (8-5)
Time: 7:10 PM CT
Location: U.S. Cellular Field
Radio: WLS, WRTO 1200
Starting Pitchers: Matt Shoemaker (1-1, 6.00 ERA) vs Mat Latos (2-0, 0.75 ERA)