Tribe Swept Out of Chicago; White Sox 12, Indians 6

By Christian Petrila

Everything in Chicago was hot except for the Indians pitching.

Chicago put up another 12 runs on the Indians, completing the sweep of the Indians in which Chicago put 35 runs on the board over three games. Today, the White Sox took down the Indians, 12-6

Just as they had in the first two games of the series,Chicagostruck for multiple runs in the first, aided by Ubaldo Jimenez’s inability to hit the strike zone. He started the inning off by hitting Alejandro De Aza. That was quickly followed by a single from Gordon Beckham. After an Adam Dunn walk, Indian killer Paul Konerko hit a little blooper that got over the head of Jason Kipnis. De Aza scored, but Kipnis threw to second to get Dunn, who wasn’t running. Alex Rios singled to left to score Beckham and after Dayan Viciedo lined out, Alexei Ramirez lined a single to center to score Konerko. Ubaldo finally got out of the inning after getting Tyler Flowers to ground out.

The Indians wasted no time responding in the top of the second. Casey Kotchman led off the inning with a single, and Shelley Duncan followed with a double off the wall in left. The next batter was Johnny Damon, who made Twitter explode by hitting a three-run home run into the seats in right. The rally continued, as Juan Diaz was hit by a pitch and Lou Marson singled. There were still no outs. However, Gavin Floyd hit the switch from “awful” to “Cy Young worthy.” He struck out Cleveland’s 1-2-3 hitters, making them look foolish swinging at his curveball.

Chicago retook the lead in the third inning when Alex Rios walked, stole second, and then scored on a two-out single from Alexei Ramirez. Ubaldo got out of the inning without any further damage.

The Indians again wasted no time responding. Juan Diaz recorded his first career Major League hit when he singled to right to leadoff the fourth. A scary moment ensued when Lou Marson was hit in the face with a pitch. After getting some attention from Indians’ trainer Lonnie Soloff, Marson stayed in the game. Shin Soo Choo appeared to ground into a double play, but it wasn’t turned cleanly so the Sox only got Marson out going to second. Michael Brantley then singled to center, scoring the tying run. A Kipnis single loaded the bases with one out, but Jose Lopez grounded into a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning and the threat.

Chicago quickly made Cleveland regret not adding more runs. Ubaldo got the first two hitters out, but allowed Beckham to single with two outs. After Dunn walked, Konerko came up and kept fouling off two-strike pitches. Finally, Ubaldo hung a fat curveball that Konerko unloaded on to make it 7-4 Sox.

The onslaught continued in the fifth. Ubaldo was still pitching to start the inning. After allowing a leadoff single to Viciedo, he was immediately yanked for Jairo Asencio. The reliever proved to provide little relief, if any. Alexei Ramirez was the first batter he faced. Double. Luckily for the Indians, Viciedo overran third so Jose Lopez was able to tag him when the throw came in. The next batter was Tyler Flowers. He was plunked in the arm. Next up was Orlando Hudson. He tripled into the corner to bring Ramirez and Flowers home. De Aza was next. He tripled homeHudson, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run. Asencio allowed a ground rule double to Beckham before finally getting Adam Dunn to fly out to end the inning. 10-4 Sox after five.

Ubaldo’s final line was 4+ innings while allowing seven earned runs on seven hits and walking four while striking out three. The performance raises his season ERA to 5.79.

The Indians tried putting together another rally in the sixth when leadoff hits from Diaz and Luke Carlin put runners on second and third with no outs. However, Choo fouled out for the first out. A Michael Brantley RBI groundout made it 10-5, but Kipnis grounded out to retire the side.

The White Sox added two more in the eighth when Viciedo got a two-run single off of Vinnie Pestano. Jose Lopez got a two-out RBI double in the ninth to make the final tally look a little better.

Jimenez gets the loss to drop to 5-4. Gavin Floyd, despite being shaky, improves to 4-5.

Chicago’s win puts them only a half game back of Cleveland in the Central. The White Sox improve to 26-22, while the Indians drop to 26-21.

Next for the Indians, they go back to Progressive Field to take on Kansas City. Josh Tomlin goes up against Nate Adcock. First pitch is at 4:05.

Photo: David Banks/Getty Images

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