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Angels get rocked by the White Sox, 8-0

Starter Ervin Santana and reliever Trevor Bell give up seven extra-base hits, including three home runs. Left fielder Vernon Wells is out with a groin injury.

May 09, 2011|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels left fielder Vernon Wells hits a grounder to third base in the fifth 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 fifth… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

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

The team with the worst record in baseball rocked Angels starter Ervin Santana 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 sustained as he broke out of the box on a grounder to third base.

Wells went only a few feet toward first base before pulling up in pain. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game, and the Angels will call up outfielder Reggie Willits on 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 so far, with a .183 average, four home runs and 13 runs batted in through 36 games.

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. Designated hitter Bobby Abreu will also play more left field, which will open up some at-bats in the DH spot.

Manager Mike 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," Manager Mike 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 the 15-day stint.

"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 entered Monday with a .243 average got better quickly against the Angels, Carlos Quentin leading the way with RBI 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, who allowed five hits in seven shutout innings.

mike.digiovanna@latimes.com

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