Late Innings Take Down Tribe; White Sox 8, Indians 4
Mike B. | On 22, Sep 2011
What appeared to be a pitcher’s duel between Ubaldo Jimenez and Mark Buehrle for six innings, turned into a slugfest when both bullpens exploded in the late innings. The White Sox were able to out-slug the Tribe and win, 8-4.
Jimenez, who only allowed an infield hit in the first three innings, looked to be dominant early, hitting the radar gun around 93-96 miles per hour. However, Tyler Flowers doubled home Dayan Viciedo in the top of the fifth inning to break open the scoring. The Indians would battle back to take a 2-1 lead after six innings when Travis Hafner hit a two run home run. His homer to right had as much hang time as it did distance.
Manny Acta continues to allow Jimenez to pitch deeper into games, throwing more pitches than any other Indian starter, however, and that strategy may have cost the Tribe in this game. Viciedo walked with one out, then Brent Morel doubled him home to tie the game at two.
After recording the second out of the inning, Gordon Beckham walked and moved to scoring position with Morel on a passed ball. Alejandro De Aza laced a base hit to center field scoring each and giving the White Sox a 4-2 lead. Jimenez threw 113 pitches through seven innings, scattering six hits and striking out seven.
With the Tribe trailing after seven innings, the game was turned over to Chad Durbin, who proceeded to give up home runs to Alexei Ramirez, Alexis Rios and Morel in an inning of work, making the score 8-2. Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana would each drive in a run in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 8-4, but the Indians could climb no closer.
Thursday the Tribe will look to earn a series split, and get back to the .500 mark, when Jeanmar Gomez takes the mound against Phil Humber. Game time is 7:05 ET at Progressive Field.
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