The White Sox played the spoiler role on Wednesday night, as Nicky Delmonico blasted a two-run, walk-off home run off Blake Parker to lift Chicago to a 6-4 victory in 10 innings, eliminating the Angels from playoff contention.
The Angels said they could take some pride in keeping their postseason dreams alive until Game 158, despite suffering a series of significant injuries during the season.
Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in the Arizona instructional league Wednesday, putting him on track to potentially return to the Majors for the final weekend of the regular season.
White Sox righty Reynaldo Lopez, who has pitched well in September, could prove to be a tough matchup for an Angels squad that needs a win and a Twins loss to stay in the AL Wild Card race.
The Angels thrashed the White Sox, 9-3, on Tuesday night, but the decisive victory served as a grim reminder that, as well as they might play over the final five games of the regular season, it still might not be enough.
Brandon Phillips, Luis Valbuena and Mike Trout launched second-inning home runs to back rookie Parker Bridwell as the Angels kept their flickering playoff hopes alive with a 9-3 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Will the Angels acquire a second baseman via trade or free agency for next season or give an internal option a shot? Beat reporter Maria Guardado answers this and more in the latest Inbox.
The Angels have slipped to the brink. After falling to the last-place White Sox, 4-2, in Monday’s series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Angels dropped five games behind the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot with six games left, putting them on the verge of elimination.
Trying to stay alive in the Wild Card race, the Angels turn to rookie right-hander Parker Bridwell to face the White Sox, who will start veteran righty Chris Volstad.
The Angels’ playoff hopes continued to dim on Monday night, as they dropped to five games out of the American League Wild Card race with a 4-2 series-opening loss to the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Down to their final seven games of the regular season, the Angels pretty much have to win out, and hope for the best.