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White Sox are extra harsh on Angels in 8-0 victory

They rough up Ervin Santana and Trevor Bell with three home runs and four doubles. Left fielder Vernon Wells comes up lame with injured groin.

May 09, 2011|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels left fielder Vernon Wells hits a grounder to third base in the fourth inning and came up lame when he injured his groin on the play.
Angels left fielder Vernon Wells hits a grounder to third base in the fourth… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

One day after Mike Scioscia was doused with a huge cooler of ice water in celebration of his 1,000th victory as manager, the Chicago White Sox tossed an equally frigid wet blanket over the Angels on Monday night.

The team with the worst record in the major leagues rocked starter Ervin Santana (1-4) and reliever Trevor Bell for seven extra-base hits, three of them home runs, in an 8-0 victory in Angel Stadium.

Adding injury to insult, the Angels lost left fielder Vernon Wells to a right groin strain in the fourth inning, an injury the veteran suffered as he broke out of the batter's box on a grounder to third base.

Wells went only a few feet toward first base before pulling up in pain. He was put on the 15-day disabled list after the game, and the Angels will call up a player — most likely Reggie Willits or Chris Pettit — Tuesday.

"I think it was on the swing," Wells said. "I obviously couldn't go anywhere. A.J. [Pierzynski, Chicago catcher] asked me if that was my leg that popped. It feels better now than it did when it happened, but I've never had a groin injury, so this is foreign to me."

Wells, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in January, has been a huge disappointment, with a .183 average, four home runs and 13 runs batted.

But he did seem to find his stroke in the seven games before Monday, going six for 28 with three homers and seven RBIs, and he has been solid, for the most part, defensively.

"Man, he was just starting to feel his swing a bit," said right fielder Torii Hunter, who is hitting .234 with four homers and 15 RBIs. "It's tough to lose a guy like that. He's a veteran player. We need him in the lineup.

"With him and Kendrys Morales out, that's killing us. But we're going to keep doing what we have to do, playing hard. We have some young guys who are stepping up and playing the game the right way. We've just got to get me going, huh?"

Wells was replaced in left field by 5-foot-7 middle infielder Alexi Amarista on Monday. Designated hitter Bobby Abreu will also play more left field.

Scioscia said the team will not call up top prospect Mike Trout, the 19-year-old outfielder who is hitting .313 with six homers and 16 RBIs at double-A Arkansas.

"We're going to get by with the guys on the roster now," Scioscia said. "There will be more at-bats for some guys and fewer days off for some guys."

There is a good chance Wells will be sidelined for more than 15 days.

"When he started holding his groin, I knew it was serious," Hunter said. "I've had that injury before. It takes a while. I just hope he heals quickly."

A White Sox offense that began Monday with a .243 batting average and had scored an average of 3.1 runs over its previous 30 games got better quickly against the Angels, Carlos Quentin leading the way with run-scoring doubles in the third and fifth innings and a three-run homer in the seventh.

The White Sox came out hacking, and Santana played right into their hands by throwing too many fat pitches early in the count. Gordon Beckham hit a first-pitch, two-run homer in the second, and Alexei Ramirez hit a first-pitch solo shot in the seventh.

That was more than enough support for right-hander Edwin Jackson (3-4), who gave up five hits in seven scoreless innings.

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