Carmona and Long Ball Takes Afternoon Tilt; Indians 4, White Sox 3
Mike B. | On 20, Sep 2011
The Indians used three home runs and a solid pitching performance from Fausto Carmona to take the first game of a day, night doubleheader, by a score of 4-3. The win gets the Indians back to the .500 mark with just ten games remaining.
Jason Kipnis reached on a bunt single down the third base line in the bottom of the first inning before Travis Hafner homered to right field, giving the Indians an early 2-0 lead. It was Hafner’s 12th home run of the season. It was the first home run of the season for the Tribe against Gavin Floyd, but the first of more to come.
One of the Indians weaknesses all season has been their inability to hold the opponent from scoring once they take the lead and Carmona, again, couldn’t do it in the top of the second inning. After A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios each singled, Adam Dunn doubled to deep left field, plating Pierzynski. Alejandro de Aza followed with a single to score Rios and the lead was squandered and the game tied at two. Dunn, who has struggled all season, is 7-14 with a home run and three doubles against Carmona this season.
The Indians would use the long ball in the fourth and fifth inning to take the lead. Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 24th home run of the season, a solo shot, in the fourth inning and then Kosuke Fukudome hit his 7th of the season in the fifth inning, also a solo shot. Fukudome’s home run was his fourth of the season in an Indian uniform. Floyd had not allowed three home runs in a game all season.
Carmona would allow a run in the sixth, making the game a 4-3 contest, but finally seemed to control the White Sox. Carmona, who entered the game with an ERA over 10.00 for the season against Chicago, allowed three runs in six innings, on seven hits and three strikeouts in 94 pitches. The victory is only his second in the last two months and snaps a six start streak without a victory.
Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez each worked an inning behind Carmona. Perez recorded his 35th save of the season. Cabrera had to leave the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with what looked like it could be a strained back muscle, one of the more popular injuries this year for the Indians.
It won’t take long to see if Cabrera will have to miss time from the lineup, as the team resumes today’s doubleheader at 7:05 with Zach McAllister on the mound for Cleveland and Dylan Axelrod for the Pale Hose.
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