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Angels’ bullpen allows 8 runs in blowout loss to White Sox

ANAHEIM — A promising night for the Angels got away quickly in a barrage of hits against a short-handed bullpen.

The Angels lost, 11-4, to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, as an early three-run lead turned into a blowout loss.

Chase Silseth shut out the White Sox for four innings, while the Angels gave him a lead on solo homers by Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Andrew Velazquez.

Silseth, though, struggled in the fifth, allowing the White Sox to tie the score. Angels relievers Oliver Ortega, Aaron Loup, Elvis Peguero and Jaime Barria were charged with a combined eight runs.

The Angels are well equipped for the late innings, with Raisel Iglesias, Ryan Tepera and José Quijada all pitching well.

However, the rest of the bullpen is currently thin because of injuries and Sunday’s fight with the Seattle Mariners. Andrew Wantz is currently suspended because of the incident, which leaves the Angels down one man on the roster. Archie Bradley is now on the injured list after he was hurt jumping the dugout railing to join the fray.

A pair of other productive Angels middle relievers – Austin Warren and Jimmy Herget – were injured within the last two weeks.

The Angels were left to slog through a disappointing night just after they’d won two in a row and showed encouraging signs as they try to get their season back on track.

On the bright side, they still have Ohtani pitching on Wednesday with a chance to win the series.

They gave the ball to Silseth for the start on Tuesday, his return to the big leagues after a few weeks at Double-A. Silseth made it through the first four innings without giving up a run. He struck out five of the first eight hitters he faced.

In the fifth, though, it all fell apart in the span of three batters.

Leury García poked a single the opposite way on an outside pitch. Seby Zavala, a Bishop Amat High product, then yanked a changeup down the left field line for an RBI double.

Silseth then got too much of the plate with a fastball and Josh Harrison hit it over the left-field fence, a two-run homer.

“That’s some of the best my stuff has felt in the last couple of months,” Silseth said. “I was on cruise control. Maybe got a little too comfortable. And that’s just all part of the learning curve. … I’ve got to learn how to finish games when you start that strong. I gotta learn how to finish, and I’m going to. As fast as I can, I’m gonna hop on it. That’s the No. 1 priority.”

A few batters later, Ortega gave up a booming two-run shot to Luis Robert, putting the Angels down, 5-3.

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