Hit, Hit, Hit, Hit, Hit, Hit; Indians 19, White Sox 10
Steve Eby | On 28, Jun 2013
On a day that started out so wonderfully for Chicago sports fans, it turned extremely sour as the Indians walloped the White Sox by a score of 19-10.
The city of Chicago spent Friday afternoon celebrating an NHL championship, as the parade for the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks rolled through downtown. The fun continued at the start of the White Sox and Indians game, as the White Sox used a five run first inning off of Tribe pitcher Trevor Bauer to jump out to a big early advantage.
The Indians booming bats made sure that their fun ended shortly after that.
Bauer (1-2, 5.29) was smacked around by the Pale Hose in the game’s first frame and was pulled in favor of Matt Albers by the time the Tribe could bat for the second time. Opposing him was Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.59), who was nearly as bad, only lasting just into the third inning.
In the top of the first inning, the Tribe got two men on base after back-to-back, two-out walks to Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher. Both runners were stranded after Mark Reynolds struck out, but Kipnis’ walk marked the 30th straight game in which the second baseman had reached base. Kipnis’ streak marks the longest by an Indian since Ryan Garko reached base in 32 straight games in 2008.
In the bottom half, Bauer struggled from the very first batter. After working the count full, leadoff batter Alejandro De Aza smoked a double down the left field line to start the game. Shortstop Alexi Ramirez followed with an infield single to shortstop and Alex Rios then drove home the first Chicago run with a sacrifice fly to right. The next batter, Adam Dunn, took Bauer deep over the right field wall for his 21st homerun of the season. The big fly gave Chicago a 3-0 advantage.
For Bauer, things only got worse from there. After Dayan Viciedo struck out for the second out of the inning, Jeff Keppinger launched the second homerun of the inning into the left field stands. The homerun was Keppinger’s second of the season. The next batter, Brent Morel, lined a single to center then stole his first base of the year to move into scoring position. Gordon Beckham then made the score 5-0 when he launched a double over the outstretched arm of leftfielder Mike Aviles. After a hit batter, a wild pitch and a four pitch walk, Manager Terry Francona pulled Bauer from the contest after only 0.2 innings. Albers got out of the jam when Ramirez bounced out to second base. Undaunted, the Indian offense went right to work on the deficit the very next inning.
After Ryan Raburn struck out to start the inning, Yan Gomes got the rally started with a single to left. Lonnie Chisenhall flew out to left for the second out and the Tribe then dug into their 2013-two-out magic. Aviles moved Gomes to third when he blooped a double that was just fair down the left field line and Drew Stubbs brought them both home with a hard hit single to left.
With the score 5-2, Asdrubal Cabrera kept the inning alive by tomahawking a single to left. Kipnis stayed red hot and brought home two more runs by launching a double off of the centerfield wall. The ball hit just underneath the yellow line, barely missing a game-tying homerun. The dramatics were not delayed long, however, as Swisher knocked the Indians fifth straight, two-out hit and drove home Kipnis for a 5-5 tie. The RBI was Swisher’s 26th of the year.
After Albers set down the White Sox scoreless in the bottom half of the second, the Tribe threatened again in the third. The Indians loaded the bases when Raburn was hit by a pitch, Gomes walked and Mike Aviles singled with one out. After Santiago was pulled from the game for reliever Brian Omogrosso, Stubbs, who had not grounded into a double play all season, thwarted the rally by chopping a twin-killer to Morel at third. Fortunately, the Indians had plenty more in the tank the very next inning.
In the top of the fourth with the game still tied at five, the Indians got another rally started when Cabrera dropped a single into right to lead off the inning. Kipnis worked a full count walk to move Cabrera to second, but Swisher struck out looking at a breaking ball.
With one out, Reynolds loaded the bases with a walk and Raburn gave the Indians the lead when he grounded a single back up the middle. Both Cabrera and Kipnis scored to make the score 7-5 in favor of the Tribe, but the hot bats kept rolling from there. After Gomes struck out, Chisenhall roped a ground-rule double down the right field line to score Reynolds and then Aviles lined a single to center to score both Raburn and Chisenhall. With two outs and a 10-5 lead, Aviles stole second and then scored when Stubbs socked a triple off the top of the right field wall. Cabrera grounded out to Beckham at second to end the inning with an 11-5 Cleveland advantage.
In the top of the fifth, the Cleveland train kept chugging when Kipnis dropped a double down into the left field corner to start the inning. Swisher followed by launching a double into the gap, scoring Kipnis and making the score 12-5. After Reynolds lined out to third, Gomes added another run when he dropped another ground-rule double just out of the reach of a diving Rios in right. Rios then followed his excellent effort with a poor one, as Chisenhall drove a ball to the warning track that skipped off of Rios’ glove for another Indians double and a 14-5 Tribe lead. Omogrosso was mercifully pulled from the game after Chisenhall’s double and Ramon Troncoso got Aviles to line out to leftfield to end the inning. For the ballgame, Omogrosso pitched 2.1 innings and allowed nine earned runs.
After allowing 14 straight unanswered runs, the Pale Hose finally came back in the bottom of the fifth. With Bryan Shaw working is second inning of relief, Dunn walked to kick start the rally. A fielder’s choice followed and Keppinger worked another walk to put runners at first and second. Morel followed by striking out, but Beckham singled to left to make the score 14-6. After Cody Allen was brought in to replace Shaw, catcher Tyler Flowers then brought the White Sox back to within striking distance with a three run blast and cut the Indians lead to 14-9.
The ChiSox got another one back and brought the score to 14-10 in the sixth. After Dunn reached on an error by Kipnis, he moved to second on a wild pitch by Allen. Keppinger followed with a single to left, scoring Dunn and bringing the Sox to within four. The Indians answered right back in the seventh.
Reynolds walked to lead off the inning on a pitch from Troncoso that nearly hit Reynolds in the face. Reynolds glared out at the pitcher as he trotted to first and his teammate Raburn avenged him by clobbering a towering homerun deep into the left field bullpen. Raburn’s ninth homerun of the year made the score 16-10.
The Tribe piled on in the top of the eighth when Cabrera knocked a single into right with one out. Kipnis stayed perfect on the evening, as he doubled into the gap in right to move Cabrera to third. Swisher then walked to load the bases and Reynolds, the only hitless Indian to that point, finally got his knock when he grounded a ball toward the hole at short. Ramirez dove and made an outstanding play, fired the ball to third to try and force out Kipnis, but the throw was wide and rolled to the backstop. Both Cabrera and Kipnis scored to make the score 18-10. The Tribe kept going when Gomes lined a single to center to bring home Swisher.
The White Sox used terrible base running to run themselves out of a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, then sent outfielder Casper Wells out to pitch in the top of the ninth. Wells, a former college pitcher, retired Aviles on a first pitch popup to start the inning and then walked Stubbs to give the Tribe another base runner. Wells threw almost exclusively fastballs that were consistently in the low 90’s, but he did sneak in a curveball that struck out Cabrera for the second out. When Wells retired Kipnis with a flyout on an outstanding play in left, he became the first “pitcher” to retire the Indians hottest hitter all night.
Indians closer Chris Perez, fresh off the disabled list, came on to pitch the ninth for the Tribe and worked a 1-2-3 frame to end the ballgame.
The total numbers for game one are staggering. The teams combined for 29 runs, 34 hits, 11 doubles, one triple, four homeruns, 14 walks, 11 pitchers and one outfielder that took the mound. The Indians walloped a season high eight doubles and came within one of their season high with 21 hits. Every batter in the Indians starting lineup had a hit and all of the Tribe starters except for Reynolds had at least two base knocks. The Indians had seven players drive in multiple runs, the first time in exactly 63 years that they had accomplished that feat.
After playing a game that was more than four hours long, the two teams will matchup again tonight for game two. Carlos Carrasco (0-3, 7.78) has been recalled to make the start for the Indians and will face lefty Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.83). The game can be seen on Fox Sports/Sportstime Ohio and can be heard on the Cleveland Indians radio network.
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