Avisial Garcia doubled Jose Abreu in from first base in the 13th inning Wednesday, giving the White Sox a 3-2 victory and a three game series sweep over the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels tied it at 2-2 with a run in the ninth against Sox closer David Robertson, who after the game called Angels manager Mike Scioscia “bush league” for the way he disputed a dropped third strike call. During a long delay due to a replay challenge and Scoscia’s time on the field arguing with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth, Robertson said Scoscia stood in front of the plate to prevent him from staying loose.
After C.J. Cron and Johnny Giavotella singled to put runners at first and third, first baseman Abreu’s mental miscue on former Sox Conor Gillaspie’s ground ball produced the tying run as Abreu stepped on first, erasing the force at second which allowed Cron to score from third.
Abreu, who singled against Cesar Romos in the 13th, had a game-ending double play in his hands had he thrown to second to start the play.
“He’s either coming home or he needs to turn it,” said manager Robin Ventura, relieved to have a victory after it looked like one would slip away in extra innings.
“Both teams had opportunities and both bullpens did great. It’s just a nice team win.”
Matt Albers pitched two scoreless innings for the win, pitching out of trouble in each.
The Angels scored first on Gillaspie’s RBI double in the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, Sox rookie Trayce Thompson singled and scored on Gordon Beckham’s sacrifice fly to make it 1-1. The Sox went ahead on Alexei Ramirez’ RBI double in the sixth against lefty Andrew Heaney.
Left-hander John Danks, arguably the Sox’ best starter since the All-Star break, pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits and three walks while striking out two. Danks has a 2.75 ERA in six starts since the break.
Robertson said he was more upset about not preserving the win for Danks than anything. Things got tense after he struck out Erick Aybar to open the ninth on a pitch in the dirt. Catcher Tyler Flowers tagged Aybar with the ball, Culbreth ruled by signaling him out, but Scoscia asked for a replay challenge on the tag. When the call stood, the Angels manager continued to argue.
“I thought there was a lot of ridiculous things that went on that inning,” Robertson said.“I felt that Scioscia was very bush league, coming out there and standing in front of home plate after the play had already been reviewed. I felt like once it has been reviewed, it has been reviewed on film and he’s called out, there’s no reason for you to come back out and argue the call.“I guess that’s just the way he is. It kind of changed the whole momentum in the ninth. I felt like we weren’t fortunate and didn’t get a call on the double play ball. I thought we could have ended the game in the ninth. Things just didn’t work out but that happens.”Said Scoscia: “Absolutely that was not my intent. Absolutely not. It was an important part because it was a possible protest. In fact, I thought I moved out of the way so he could throw, but he would have gotten a chance to throw anyway. Absolutely not, not one iota of my intent was any gamesmanship. I had to get a reason for the ruling because if the ruling was that he killed the play, then it was something I could protest. I had to get a ruling.”The Angels (59-54) lost their ninth consecutive road game.The Sox (54-58) are off Thursday and host the Cubs in a three-game series this weekend.