One Big Mistake, Bats Stay Silent; White Sox 3, Indians 0
By Craig Gifford
It was with one out that Quentin sent a 2-1 Carrasco pitch over the left field wall for a three-run home run. That was all the White Sox needed as starter Gavin Floyd silenced the Indians’ bats, giving Chicago 3-0 victory over the Tribe at Progressive Field Friday night.
After a somewhat disappointing 4-4 road trip, dropping the first of a nine-game homestand was surely not the way the Indians wanted to return to the friendly confines. The Tribe fell to 51-47. Worse yet, the Tigers won, putting the Indians 1.5 games off the pace in the American League Central Division. Chicago is now just 3.5 games behind the Indians.
The Indians won’t get much closer unless the offense performs much better than it did last night. They mustered just five hits – one for extra bases. Seven Indians stuck out, with no walks on the evening. The lone bright spot was rookie third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who had a pair of hits, including a double.
While the Tribe bats went MIA, the White Sox had their hitting shoes on. It could have been much worse for Carrasco and the Tribe. The Sox stranded seven runners on base through the first three innings. It seemed just a matter of time before they broke through as they did on Quentin’s blast.
If the Indians can get off their three-game losing streak with a win tonight, Friday’s loss could be forgotten. What the Tribe may eventually look back on last night’s game as is being Jason Kipnis‘ Major League debut. The second base prospect, with a very bright future, went 0-2 in his first look at big league pitching. The hope is better times are to come for both he and the Tribe.
The Indians will have a chance to turn things around tonight when the host the White Sox in the second of this three-game stanza. David Huff (1-0, 0.00) will take the mound for the Tribe. Huff, started his first Major League game last year, tossing seven shut out innings for a win. Cleveland will look for more of the same from Huff when he faces off with Chicago hurler Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.97) at a 7:05 start time.