CHICAGO -- The struggles of the Angels bullpen may have reached crisis levels Sunday after reliever Jason Isringhausen, summoned to protect a one-run lead in the seventh inning, gave up a two-run, pinch-hit home run to A.J. Pierzynski, which keyed the Chicago White Sox’s 4-2 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
Angels relievers have now given up 23 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings in seven games against the Texas Rangers and White Sox, suffering four losses and three blown saves.
And, well, there appears to be little relief in sight, with veteran left-hander Scott Downs (shoulder strain) and hard-throwing right-hander Jordan Walden (nerve problem in neck) each at least a week and, in Downs’ case, probably two weeks, away from returning.
Angels starter Dan Haren threw six strong innings Sunday, giving up one run and four hits, and the right-hander was in position to win when Torii Hunter’s two-out run-scoring single to left in the top of the seventh scored Peter Bourjos to give the Angels a 2-1 lead.