Angels lose two straight to split White Sox series

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The Angels drop two straight to the Chicago White Sox at home despite a stellar performance from Shohei Ohtani.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — After a historic night from Shohei Ohtani on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels were unable to follow that performance up against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, falling by a final score of 11-5. This one got away early, as staring pitcher Jaime Barria went just three innings, surrendering seven hits and five earned runs. That letdown on Wednesday was followed by another tough loss in the series finale, as a solid offensive showing by the Angels was undone by a six-run third inning for Chicago which helped clinch the four-game series split.

Here are three takeaways from this series with the White Sox:

Shohei Ohtani is unreal

There is no way to be hyperbolic when discussing Shohei Ohtani’s greatness, because what he is doing is simply beyond words. Hitting two homers and striking out 10 in the series opener, Ohtani carried the Angels to another victory while raising his league-leading OPS and home run total.

While the Angels as a team struggled in the final two games of this series, Ohtani left the yard again on Thursday afternoon, setting an Angels franchise record with his 14th homer run of the month. After the game, Trout said what Ohtani is doing is unlike anything he has ever seen before.

Barria Struggles

While Jaime Barria has been a reliable arm for the Angels this season, his start on Wednesday night did not go as planned. Going just three innings, surrendering seven hits and five earned runs, Barria suffered his third loss of the season. Speaking with reporters after the game, Barria didn’t blame his fluctuating usage for his struggles, saying through an interpreter, “I don’t think that affected me at all. I threw enough bullpens. I just missed my pitches.”

Angels manager Phil Nevin acknowledged that it’s tough for a pitcher to be used sporadically, as Barria went 10 days in between appearances, but this is not something Barria felt contributed to his struggles.

Sandoval continues to struggle

Having really struggled in the month of June, Patrick Sandoval had another rough outing on Thursday afternoon, giving up eight hits and seven earned runs in five innings of work. Sandoval has a 6.20 ERA in the month of June, and has allowed opponents to hit .356 against him in that span.

Speaking with reporters after the game, Sandovdal expressed his frustration with some of the soft contact that found holes for the White Sox, but said his stuff felt good for the most part.

The Angels will now host the Arizona Diamondbacks for three games before heading to San Diego.