Indians Vs. White Sox: Bullpen Shelled By Chicago, Tribe Loses 10-6
After a rough first inning by Justin Masterson, the Indians and Travis Hafner pulled Tuesday's game against Chicago even before the bullpen imploded in the sixth inning and handed the Sox a two-game series sweep.
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While there wasn't a full house on hand to witness, the Cleveland Indians fell to 1-4 on the season with a 10-6 loss at the hands of the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon. Technically, it constitutes a two-game sweep, with the middle game of an intended three-game series being postponed on Tuesday. Starter Justin Masterson was shelled right away, giving up four runs in the first inning.
Alejandro De Aza singled right off the bat to center field, and then Brent Morel reached on an error while sacrificing to move De Aza to second. Adam Dunn then singled, bringing De Aza home and Morel to third. Paul Konerko then doubled to left field, scoring Morel and bringing Dunn around. Masterson was unable to stop the bleeding at that point, as Dunn was scored on a while pitch, bringing the run total to three. AJ Pierzynski hit a sac fly to score Konerko and then Masterson was able to get the three outs he needed, but the damage was done.
Asdrubal Cabrera would go on to double in the first inning for the Indians, and would score on a John Danks wild pitch of his own. Travis Hafner would hit a homer in the fourth to bring it a bit closer, and then the Tribe added two runs in the fifth, but a monster sixth inning for Chicago sealed the deal. Dan Wheeler and Rafael Perez both pitched in said sixth inning, and gave up five runs between them, all of them earned.
Masterson's day was done after the fifth inning, and he finished with eight hits given up and five runs allowed (three earned) for a 2.77 ERA. Danks picked up the win for Chicago and finished with four runs given up off of seven hits and five walks to three strikeouts, for a 5.40 ERA.
The Indians will now head out for a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals as they search for their second win of the season, starting on Friday.
Last night was supposed to be the second game of the series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, but cold weather and precipitation forced a postponement. The weather looks a bit more forgiving today for the game with a 40 degree forecast at present.
After dropping the first game of the series 4-2, the rain out makes it so Cleveland can only split the series 1-1 at best before moving on to their next series against the Kansas City Royals.
The pitching match up after a bit of shuffling due to the rain out will pit Cleveland's Justin Masterson against Chicago's John Danks. Danks is currently 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA while Masterson has no decisions so far and boasts a 1.13 ERA in the very early goings of the season.
The threat of inclement weather has postponed the second of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. The team has not announced when they will reschedule, but the speculation is that the teams will make it up when Chicago is back in Cleveland the first week of May.
The postponement means each team will have to adjust their rotations accordingly. The Indians have already determined how they will do that:
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Skipper Manny Acta says Jeanmar Gomez will take Josh Tomlin's spot in the rotation and Ubaldo Jimenez will get pushed back to Sunday. Tomlin will probably pitch out of the bullpen before rejoining the rotation on April 19 at Seattle.
After the Chicago White Sox took the series opener 4-2 on Monday, the Cleveland Indians will look to even the score when they take the field tonight. Cleveland has lost three of four games to start the season.
Tuesday's game is also a chance for Jeanmar Gomez to bounce back after another up-and-down season in 2011. While Gomez has struggled to find consistency his whole career (his lifetime ERA is 4.58), he has pitched well against the White Sox in his career, sporting a 2-0 record and 2.25 ERA in two starts.
Toeing the rubber against the Indians will be Philip Humber. The 29-year-old right-hander should be a welcome sight for the Cleveland bats. In five appearances, he's posted a 6.91 ERA against the Indians.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10, 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Pitching Matchup: Jeanmar Gomez (0-0) vs. Philip Humber (0-0)