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.
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.
A look at key statistics through Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.
||No unearned runs in Game 2 still leads to defeat
||Bats need to warm up
|BA w/ RISP
||No key hits for Angels
||One home run won't do
||Mistakes prove costly
||.333 BA, 1 HR, 1 RBI
||Belted first postseason homer in fifth inning
||0-1, 0.00 ERA
||Bullpen still yet to give up earned run in series
||.000 BA, 0 HR, 1 RBI
||No hits from Vlad equals bad news for Angels
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.
Orlando Cabrera has hit safely in all nine career LCS games and in 19 of 21 career postseason games.
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.
"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.