Walk-Off Home Run Rains On Indians Lead; White Sox 4, Indians 3
Laurel Wilder | On 13, Apr 2014
Despite rain delays and a rally in the top of the ninth, the Indians suffered a walk-off loss at the hands of Alexei Ramirez and fell to the Chicago White Sox 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Following an hour and fifteen minute rain delay, the Indians took the field against the Chicago White Sox at 3:25 at U.S. Cellular Field to conclude their four-game series.
The game matched Corey Kluber (1-1, 7.71 ERA) against Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.77 ERA). Quintana retired the side in order to begin the game, and Kluber retaliated with the same result to end the first inning.
Quintana walked Michael Brantley in the second inning with two outs to put the first runner on base in the game. Yan Gomes struck out to end the top of the inning, stranding Brantley on first and keeping the score tied at zero.
Jose Abreu was thrown out at first to start the bottom half of the second inning for the White Sox. Adam Dunn struck out swinging, followed by a double hit by Dayan Viciedo to put the first White Sox runner on base with two outs. The double, however, was argued to be a home run though, upon review, it was confirmed that the call of a double stood as correct. Alejandro De Aza was called out on strikes to end the inning, stranding Viciedo on base.
Mike Aviles hit a single with one out in the third inning. With two outs, Nick Swisher hit a ball into his ankle and went down, returning to the plate with a 3-2 count and eventually walked, putting runners on first and second. Jason Kipnis flew out to center field to end the top of the inning, with runners again stranded on base.
Ramirez led off in the bottom of the third for the White Sox with a single. He was thrown out at second on a single hit by Tyler Flowers, who was then thrown out at second on a single from Adam Eaton. Eaton was thrown out at second on a close throw to Kipnis on a hit by Marcus Semien, ending the inning with no runs scored.
The fourth inning finally brought a score to the board, as Brantley hit a home run with two outs to give the Tribe a 1-0 lead over the White Sox. Gomes struck out to end the inning and give the White Sox a chance to retaliate in the bottom of the fourth.
The game was delayed in the fourth inning due to rain, with the tarp emerging at 4:35 Eastern. After a 45 minute delay, the game resumed with Kluber still on the mound for the Tribe. For the second straight inning, the White Sox got their leadoff man aboard, as Conor Gillaspie hit a single that got past Kipnis and moved into right field. Kluber got his third strikeout of the game as he struck out Abreu for the first out of the inning. Dunn hit a single to send Gillaspie to third and put runners at the corners with one out in the inning. A throwing error on a hit by Viciedo allowed Gillaspie to score and tie the game and put runners at the corners once again with one out. De Aza hit into a double play to end the inning, with the score remaining tied at 1-1.
The Indians attempted to rally in the sixth inning, which started with a double by Kipnis and a single by Carlos Santana. After a coaching visit to the mound, the Indians were retired and ended the inning without any further runs scored. Chicago attempted the same in the bottom of the inning, with a single from Abreu and a ground-rule double by Dunn putting runners at second and third with two outs in the inning. Viciedo flew out to right field, however, ending the inning for the White Sox.
The seventh inning marked a pitching change for Chicago, as Maikel Cleto replaced Quintana. Asdrubal Cabrera walked with two outs, though Nick Swisher flew out to end the inning. Kluber retired the side in order to end the seventh, with the tied score remaining.
Kipnis walked to start off the eighth inning, with no one else getting on base throughout the inning. The inning ended with a 5-4-3 double play on a hit from Ryan Raburn to throw out Kipnis at second and Raburn at first.
Kluber returned to pitch in the eighth inning, facing Eaton to start the inning, who flew out to Brantley in center. On a 3-2 pitch, Semien unleashed a solo home run to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead with one out. The home run marked the end of Kluber’s outing, who was replaced by Marc Rzepczynski in his seventh appearance of the season. Rzepczynski pitched to pinch-hitter Paul Konerko to start his outing, who was thrown out at first for the second out in the inning. Cody Allen came to the mound to close out the inning, walking Abreu before striking out Dunn to end the inning.
The Indians came into the ninth trying to regain the lead from the White Sox, facing Chicago closer Matt Lindstrom. Brantley led off with a single, followed by a single by Gomes that sent Brantley to second. With two runners on, David Murphy sent a single into the outfield that scored Brantley and tied the game at at 2-2. Aviles hit a sacrifice bunt, which sent Gomes to third and Murphy to second, putting runners in scoring position with one out. On a wild pitch to Swisher, Gomes stole home to put the Indians ahead 3-2 with two outs. Swisher walked, putting runners on the corners for Kipnis. Kipnis was thrown out at first, heading into the bottom of the ninth with John Axford pitching for the Tribe. Axford walked Jordan Danks to start the inning, who then stole second with no outs. With one out, Ramirez hit a walk-off home run to score himself and Danks, pulling the White Sox ahead 4-3 and giving them the final win of the series.
The Indians have an off-day tomorrow and will travel to Detroit for a three-game series with the Tigers, who are 6-3 and first in the AL Central. Tuesday’s game will be a pitching matchup between Indians’ right-hander Zach McAllister (1-0, 2.31) and Detroit’s RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 3.00).
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