CHICAGO -- The White Sox were supposed to have the advantage in Game 1 of the ALCS with three days of rest and plenty of time to prepare for their next opponent.
But what looks good on paper isn't always necessarily the case.
Instead, it was the Angels who seemed to be full of energy as the Sox offense failed to capitalize on limited opportunities.
Jose Contreras looked a little shaky early on but settled down to deliver a quality outing. Unfortunately, the offense didn't heat up with him.
The Sox are used to winning one-run games, but that trend could be reversed if the Sox hitters aren't able to tally hits in critical situations like they did during the ALDS against Boston.
A look at key statistics through Game 4 of the ALDS.
|ERA||3.00||Pitching still up to form|
|BA||.212||Three days of rest = rusty|
|BA w/ RISP||.333||Lack of opportunities hurt|
|Runs||2||Sox used to low scoring but needed more|
|Errors||0||Missed double play comes back to hurt|
|Jose Contreras||0-1, 1.20 ERA||Retired 12 consecutive batters after shaky start|
|Paul Konerko||.000, 0 HR, 0 RBIs||"Mr. Clutch" not so in Game 1|
Though the numbers on Tuesday didn't appear as stellar for Contreras, it was another dominant outing. His 8 1/3 innings were the longest by a White Sox pitcher in the postseason since Wilson Alvarez's complete game in Game 3 of the 1993 ALCS.
Known for accomplishing the little things, the Sox failed to execute two bunts that would have moved runners into scoring position. With one runner on in the eighth and ninth innings, Scott Podsednik and Aaron Rowand were unable to lay down a bunt that would have given the Sox scoring chances with only one out.
Depending on which Sox player you talked to, A.J. Pierzynski's caught stealing in the seventh was either a missed hit-and-run or an aggressive move that turned sour. Either way it proved to be costly. Nine not so lucky
Tuesday's game marked the fifth time this season that the Sox entered a game on an eight-game winning streak only to falter and keep them from winning nine-straight. Not-so-sweet home, Chicago
The White Sox are now 0-6 lifetime at home in ALCS games. In those six home contests, Chicago has been outscored 33-10. Last word
"It wasn't that they just totally overwhelmed us or we were flat and they were great, it was pretty evenly matched except for one run, and that was the difference." -- Konerko
Kelly Thesier is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.