Big Inning Paces Chicago Past Tribe; White Sox 8, Indians 1
By Craig Gifford
According to an old song, “Mama said there’d be days like this.” Mama must have been talking about Wednesday night’s Cleveland Indians game against the Chicago White Sox.
Cleveland, which headed into the evening with a two-game lead in the AL Central Division, will remain in first despite an 8-1 home defeat at the hands of division rival Chicago. It was one of the Tribe’s worst losses of the season as the offense and starting pitching both struggled.
Things went south in a hurry for the Indians, who now stand at 17-13 and two games ahead of Detroit, who lost a late game in Seattle. Adam Dunn knocked a two-run home run in the first inning off Cleveland starter Jeanmar Gomez.
Gomez responded with two shut out frames. However, the Sox really put the game away with six runs in the fourth. Chicago sent 10 men to the plate in salting the game away.
It was far too much for Cleveland to come back from against Chicago ace Jake Peavy. Peavy. Peavy, a former NL Cy Young winner, continued his career renaissance with seven innings of one-run ball. He improved to 4-1 on the season as Chicago inched closer to .500 at 15-17.
The Indians did get seven hits off Peavy, eight for the game, but they were very much spread out. Casey Kotchman, who had a dreadful first month at the plate, continued a good start to May. He had a pair of hits as his batting average is nearing the Mendoza Line at .198. Shin-Soo Choo also had a pair of hits.
Following the ugly fourth stanza, Gomez did pick things up. He managed to go the next two and two-third innings shutting out the White Sox. Despite eight earned runs, by far the worst outing of the year for Gomez, the Tribe starter did get through six and two-third innings. The night, at the least, save wear and tear on a bullpen that went through a Monday doubleheader and Tuesday extra-inning game. Cleveland manager Manny Acta found a small amount of pleasure in that.
“I’m glad he finished with three scoreless innings there,” the Tribe bench boss said. “Hopefully now he can move forward for the next one.”
The next one now for the Indians will be on the road against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox, who just lost two of three to Kansas City, will throw Josh Beckett Thursday night in the first of a four-game series. Cleveland will counter with its early-season surprise in veteran Derek Lowe.
Despite the loss and losing the final two of a four-game set to Chicago, the Indians have won or tied six of the last seven series they have play.
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