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10/13/05 1:58 AM ET

Angels short hops

Third error for AL West champs proved costly

CHICAGO -- The blame for the 2-1 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday may be placed on the disputed call by the umpires in the ninth inning, but errors by the Angels didn't help either.

Three errors by the Halos allowed for both Sox runs despite strong pitching performances from Jarrod Washburn and the Halos bullpen.

Hits were hard to come by for the Angels, as their only run came off a homer by Robb Quinlan in the fifth.

With the series split at one game apiece heading west, the Angels will have to improve their hitting to pick up wins. Yes, the team can do little thing for victories, but a .190 batting average against tough Sox pitching won't cut it.

Behind the numbers
The Angels did not allow an earned run in the 2-1 defeat. It is the 15th time in postseason history that a team has lost a game without allowing an earned run.

Frozen moment
White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski getting on base in the ninth with two outs on a disputed strike three call proved to be the game breaker.

Vitals check
A look at key statistics through Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.

Team stats

Digits Trend The Deal
ERA 1.02 No unearned runs in Game 2 still leads to defeat
BA .190 Bats need to warm up
BA w/ RISP .000 No key hits for Angels
Runs 1 One home run won't do
Errors 3 Mistakes prove costly

Who's hot?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Robb Quinlan .333 BA, 1 HR, 1 RBI Belted first postseason homer in fifth inning
Angels bullpen 0-1, 0.00 ERA Bullpen still yet to give up earned run in series

Who's not?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Vladimir Guerrero .000 BA, 0 HR, 1 RBI No hits from Vlad equals bad news for Angels

Second guess
Missed call or not by the umpires on Pierzynski's strikeout, the ball still should have been thrown to first. It was an error that proved costly.

Streaking Cabrera
Orlando Cabrera has hit safely in all nine career LCS games and in 19 of 21 career postseason games.

Brothers deuce
Bengie and Jose Molina were both in the starting lineup for the Angels, the first time that the two brothers have started a postseason game. They are the first brother combo to play for the same team in a postseason since Sandy and Roberto Alomar in 1999 with Cleveland.

Last word
"There's a lot of focus on that play, but we didn't play to a high enough level tonight to win the ballgame. That's the bottom line."
-- Mike Scioscia

Kelly Thesier is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.