Considering he was making just his second start of the season while matching up against Jered Weaver, one of the American League's best, Phil Humber wasn't all that bad in the White Sox' 4-3 loss to the Angels Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Humber did labor through 5 innings on a rainy night on the South Side, throwing 94 pitches. But the right-hander allowed only 2 earned runs, with the other 2 coming on third baseman Brent Morel's throwing error in the Angels' 4-run fourth inning.
"The conditions probably weren't as bad as they look," Humber said. "It wasn't nearly as cold as I thought it would be. I just didn't have control of most of my pitches. I knew Weaver was going to be tough, so it was disappointing."
Manager Ozzie Guillen was not overly upset with the setback, probably because the White Sox rallied back from a 4-1 deficit instead of blowing a late lead.
"I think we battled today," Guillen said. "If we keep playing like we did today, we'll win a lot of games."
Manager Ozzie Guillen had no problem with Carlos Quentin swinging on a 3-0 pitch with runners on second and third and two out in the eighth.
Quentin flied out to right fielder Torii Hunter to end the inning
"(Alex) Rios has been struggling," Guillen said of the Sox' No. 6 hitter, who has been batting behind Quentin. "Carlos just missed the pitch."
The White Sox continued to have problems laying down successful bunts Friday.
With runners on first and second and no outs in the second inning, Brent Morel popped out to catcher Hank Conger.
And after Juan Pierre led off the eighth with a single, he was forced out at second base by Conger on Beckham's bunt that died in front of the plate.
"It was very wet out there and the ball didn't roll very well on the grass," Ozzie Guillen said.
The game was delayed by rain for 30 minutes in the top of the sixth inning and just 3 minutes in the bottom of the ninth.
Around the horn:
All White Sox and Angels players wore uniform No. 42 Friday night in honor of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier 64 years ago. Sonya Pankey, Robinson's granddaughter, threw out the ceremonial first pitch ... Sox starter Phil Humber hit Hank Conger in the foot in the second inning. It was the first time a Sox pitcher has hit a batter this season ... Earlier Friday, the White Sox outrighted outfielder Stefan Gartrell to Class AAA Charlotte. Their 40-man roster now stands at 37.
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