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Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 39,206

Angels' Trout looks to punish White Sox again

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Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Angels have won five straight against the White Sox and 13 of 18 dating back to July 2016. The Halos are 14-3 at home against the White Sox since 2014, their best home record against any AL opponent in that span.
  2. Chicago took two of three against Houston this week, scoring 13 runs on 15 hits in the series finale. It was the White Sox' 47th game this season with 10+ hits, already matching their season total from last season.
  3. The Angels avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Pirates with a 7-4 win on Wednesday, their first home win since July 30. They've scored 33 runs over their last five games; they had just 20 runs total over their eight-game losing streak prior to this five-game span.
  4. Eloy Jimenez hit his 20th career home run in Wednesday's win over the Astros, doing so in his 84th career game. He's the third-fastest White Sox player to reach 20 home runs, behind only Jose Abreu (58 games) and Zeke Bonura (81 games).
  5. Mike Trout stole his 10th base of the season on Wednesday, notching his eighth straight season with 25+ home runs and 10+ steals. He's the first player in AL history -- and just fourth all-time -- to post those numbers in eight straight seasons, joining Barry Bonds (12 straight -- 1990-2001), Darryl Strawberry (nine straight -- 1983-1991), and Willie Mays (eight straight, 1955-1962).
  6. Reynaldo Lopez is 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in six starts since the All-Star Break after going 4-8 with a 6.34 ERA in the first half. Lopez's 2.13 second-half ERA ranks fifth among AL pitchers with at least 20 innings pitched.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/15/2019 thru 8/18/2019

The legend of Mike Trout continues to grow.

The Los Angeles star looks to follow up a terrific performance when the Angels host the Chicago White Sox on Friday in the second contest of a four-game series.

Trout went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and his 40th homer of the season as Los Angeles posted an 8-7 win in Thursday's series opener.

"Just going up there and having a good approach and not missing pitches," Trout told Fox Sports West in a postgame interview. "That's what it comes down to."

Trout moved into a tie for the major league lead in homers with Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who went yard earlier Thursday. He also reached 40 for the second time in his career and stands one away from matching his high, set in 2015.

He joined Troy Glaus (47 in 2000, 41 in 2001) as the only players in club history to reach 40 multiple times. Albert Pujols (40 in 2015) is the only other player in franchise history to reach 40.

Trout also continues to torment the White Sox. He is 16-for-22 with five homers, 10 RBIs and 12 runs scored in his last six games against Chicago.

The onslaught includes two two-homer games last season, including one in September that was part of a 5-for-5 performance.

Thursday's four-hit game was the 18th of Trout's career.

The win was the second straight for the Angels after they lost 14 of their previous 18 games.

Justin Upton had four RBIs, including a three-run blast on a low liner that barely cleared the fence in left center.

"I was telling it to get up," Upton told Fox Sports West. "I hit it kind of low but I knew I hit it hard enough. It was just whether it was going to carry. It was a good one to get."

Chicago slugger Jose Abreu reached a milestone of his own by hitting two homers on Thursday. The second moved Abreu into sixth place in franchise history with 172, one more than Robin Ventura.

Abreu, who has 14 career multi-homer games, has 26 blasts and 89 RBIs this season. He is aiming for his fourth career 30-homer season and fifth 100-RBI campaign.

White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (12-6, 3.42 ERA) takes the ball on Friday, and it will be an emotional time for him due to his close friendship with Tyler Skaggs, the Angels pitcher who died at age 27 on July 1.

"A lot of things have been said about him over the past couple of months here, but the biggest thing for me, the impact he left on me, was his attitude toward baseball, his attitude toward life," Giolito told reporters before Thursday's game. "I carry a lot of that with me. It helped me, just the carefree, charismatic part. That's who I am in our clubhouse. It's definitely something I took from him when I was much younger."

Giolito has struggled recently, going just 1-4 over his past seven turns, but was sharp in his last outing on Sunday with a career-best 13 strikeouts against the Oakland Athletics.

However, Giolito suffered the loss despite giving up just two runs and five hits over six innings. The difference was a two-run homer he served up to Matt Olson in the fourth inning.

Giolito, a first-time All-Star, has 171 strikeouts in 136 2/3 innings. He has fanned 46 in 30 2/3 innings over his last five outings.

The 25-year-old native of Santa Monica, Calif., defeated the Angels in his lone career outing against them when he gave up three runs and five hits over six innings on July 23, 2018.

Rookie left-hander Patrick Sandoval (0-0, 5.59) will be making his second start and third big-league appearance for the Angels.

Sandoval struck out eight in five innings of relief against the Cincinnati Reds in his major league debut on August 5. He entered the game in the second inning and gave up two runs and three hits.

The 22-year-old started against the Boston Red Sox last Sunday and gave up four runs and six hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 16, 2019

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