Defense Not Necessary; Indians 2, White Sox 0
Steve Eby | On 03, May 2014
The Indians made two more errors on Saturday night, but luckily the White Sox were able to match that number and Cleveland took better advantage as they topped Chicago by a score of 2-0. The victory was the second in a row for the Indians after dropping six straight on a west coast trip this past week.
The Tribe (13-17) was led by the outstanding pitching of starter Justin Masterson (1-1, 4.01) who worked 7.1 shutout innings allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six to get his first victory of the season. Masty was opposed by ChiSox rookie Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68) who took his first Major League loss in the second outing of his career. The loss was an unlucky one for Carroll, as the right hander worked six innings allowing just the two unearned runs.
The Indians first run was a gift-wrapped one in the bottom of the second. When Lonnie Chisenhall led off the inning with a double down the left field line, Asdrubal Cabrera moved him to third with a long fly ball to the warning track in left center. The Tribe tried their best to squander the opportunity, but third baseman Marcus Semien dropped the second of two consecutive Indian pop-ups to plate the game’s first tally and give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
The Indians nearly returned the favor in the fifth, as an error by Chisenhall allowed Dayan Viciedo to reach second base with nobody out and a wild pitch moved him to third. The E-5 was the second miscue of the night for the Tribe and marked the teams 30th of the season. A one-out walk to Jordan Danks and then a hit by pitch on Tyler Flowers loaded the bases, but Nick Swisher made a fantastic diving catch to snare a line drive by Semien for an inning ending double play.
The Tribe tacked on another run in the bottom half of the fifth thanks to some more shoddy White Sox defense. Jose Ramirez made an immediate impact in his season debut by beating out a bunt single that Flowers threw down the right field line and allowed Ramirez to scamper to second. Mike Aviles—who came in as an injury replacement when Michael Bourn left with a hamstring issue—sacrificed him to third and Swisher drove him home with a sacrifice fly and a 2-0 Cleveland advantage.
From there, the pitching took over the ballgame as Masterson and Carroll dominated as did both bullpens. Cody Allen took over for Masterson in the eighth inning and worked out of a jam, while John Axford worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his ninth save of the season.
The Indians look for the three-game sweep on Sunday at 1:05 at Progressive Field as Corey Kluber (2-3, 4.14) will match up against Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.05). The game can be seen on Fox Sports/SportsTime Ohio and can be heard on the Cleveland Indians radio network.
Photo: Tony Dejak/AP