Chicago Squeaks Past Sloppy Cleveland Play; White Sox 4, Indians 3
Bob Toth | On 20, Sep 2015
The Cleveland Indians were once again baffled by rookie left-hander Carlos Rodon and were undone by their own mistakes as they dropped a 4-3 final to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.
Rodon improved to 3-0 against the Indians in five appearances and avoided most adversity. He lasted two outs into the eighth inning and allowed one run over a walk and six hits while striking out four. His opposition, Carlos Carrasco, was charged with three runs, two of which were earned, over five innings. He walked two and struck out nine as 102 pitches over the five frames on the mound proved to be too many.
The White Sox struck first in the fourth with a sacrifice fly by Melky Cabrera, made possible on a throwing error by Francisco Lindor one batter earlier. The Indians followed suit with a run in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly from Yan Gomes after Ryan Raburn singled to start the inning and Carlos Santana doubled him to third. Chicago took a 3-1 lead the next half inning on an RBI-single from Micah Johnson and a fielder’s choice groundout by Adam Eaton. Reliever Shawn Armstrong allowed a key insurance run in the top of the eighth on an RBI-double to Rob Brantly that scored Trayce Thompson.
In the ninth, Gomes doubled with one out off of Chicago closer David Robertson and Chris Johnson sent a long home run to center to make it a one run game. Abraham Almonte singled to center, but Jerry Sands flied out for the second out. With Jason Kipnis at the plate, the lone Indian hitter with more than one hit on the night, Robertson picked the tying run off of first base to end the sloppy night.
Combined with a win from Houston, the Indians return to four games out of the second American League Wild Card spot. A pair of wins from Los Angeles has Cleveland two and a half games behind the Angels. The Twins, who were swept in their doubleheader, have dropped five straight and are just one and a half games ahead of the Tribe. The Orioles have pulled back within a half game of the Indians.
In the rubber match and in desperate need of a series win, Cleveland will throw Josh Tomlin (5-2). Chicago will counter with their third straight lefty, John Danks (7-12), who has struggled throughout his career to the tune of a 5-13 record in 25 games against the Indians. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM ET Sunday afternoon in what will be a busy downtown Cleveland.
W: C. Rodon (8-6)
L: C. Carrasco (13-11)
S: D. Robertson (30)
HR: C. Johnson (1, 9th inning off Robertson, 1 on, 1 out)
Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images