A Trio Of Home Runs Powers Tribe Past White Sox 11-2

The last game of 2011 vs. Chicago has a little drama to it, albeit very little

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Indians Vs. White Sox Final: Tribe Turns On The Power To Beat Chicago 11-2

The Indians came out of the gate smoking tonight, getting homers from the first two hitters of the game when Kosuke Fukudome and Jason Kipnis went deep, and when Chicago came back and tied the game on a Juan Pierre RBI base hit and a subsequent error at third base in the fifth, Cleveland took the lead back immediately in the bottom half when Fukudome drove in two more with a single.

After that the Indians never looked back, scoring the final nine runs of the game to beat the White Sox 11-2, earning a split in this four-game series and allowing the Tribe to remain in second place in the AL Central, a game and a half ahead of Chicago.

Asdrubal Cabrera drove in five runs in his last two at-bats, and his three-run homer in the seventh put the game out of reach at 8-2. But more importantly, Cabrera’s blast set a new single-season record of 25 homers for an Indians shortstop.

That makes two memorable home runs of late, after Carlos Santana set the Cleveland record for homers by a pinch-hitter.

The beneficiary of the fine offensive night was Jeanmar Gomez, who won his fifth straight start in improving to 5-2.

Gomez went six innings and surrendered just one earned run. Jeanmar gave up four hits.

Joe Smith, Zach Putnam and Corey Kluber all pitched a scoreless inning for The Good Guys.

The Indians had 12 hits, with Cabrera leading the way with three. Besides the production from Kipnis, Cabrera and Fukudome, Grady Sizemore and Matt LaPorta also had RBIs.

A crowd of 21,487 turned out to watch the Indians end their season series against the White Sox at 7-11.

Now Minnesota comes to town for four games in the next three days, with a day-night doubleheader on Saturday.


Jeanmar Gomez Tries To Win His 5th In A Row Thursday Night

It is safe to say that the Indians won’t be sorry to see their work against the Chicago White Sox done after Thursday’s action. Chicago has gone a healthy 11-6 vs. The Good Guys thus far in 2011, including picking up victories in the last two games of this four-game series that wraps up at Progressive Field at 7:05.

This game becomes a battle for second place, with Cleveland holding a half-game lead over the South Siders.

Jeanmar Gomez gets the call tonight, looking for his fifth straight victory in what is becoming quite the audition to find a spot in the rotation in 2012.

Gomez, in those four victories, has gone 24 total innings and allowed only five earned runs. That translates to a nice 1.88 ERA over that span.

Included in Jeanmar’s run was a win in Chicago on September 9, when Gomez went six innings and surrendered two runs on six hits in an 8-4 Tribe win.

Philip Humber will be on the mound for the White Sox. Humber (9-6) has faced the Indians four times in his career, including two starts, and is still looking for his first decision vs. the Tribe. Humber has worked a total of only 8.1 innings against Cleveland, and has a 4.32 ERA.

After tonight’s game the Minnesota Twins come to town beginning Friday night for a four-game series that will wrap up the Indians’ home schedule for 2011. Included in the set with the Twins will be a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. Then it will be off to Detroit for three games to finish the season (or, rather, finish the season for Cleveland).


Indians Vs. White Sox Final: Indians Slip To 2 Games Under .500 After 8-4 Loss

Tonight’s game was a pitchers’ battle for the first half of it, and turned into an offensive show in the second half. The Chicago White Sox had the better of it, and came away with an 8-4 win to climb back within a half-game of the Tribe and dropping Cleveland to 76-78 with just eight games left.

Ubaldo Jimenez matched pitches with Mark Buehrle and actually had the better of it heading into the seventh, leading 2-1 on the strength of a two-run Travis Hafner homer in the sixth.

But Chicago touched Jimenez (4-3) with three runs in the seventh, and then got to reliever Chad Durbin for four more in the eighth, and though the Indians added two of their own in the home half of the eighth on a Jason Kipnis sacrifice fly and a Carlos Santana single, it was not nearly enough.

Jimenez ended up going seven innings and allowing four runs on six hits, while Buehrle (12-9) went six innings, surrendering two runs on only four hits.

Five Chicago pitchers combined to work the last three innings.

The Tribe finished with eight hits, with nobody getting more than one. Besides Hafner’s 13th home run, Kipnis and Kosuke Fukudome each doubled to account for the Indians’ extra-base hits on the night in front of an announced crowd of 12,400.

The Indians get one more look at the White Sox in 2011 Thursday night when Jeanmar Gomez takes on Philip Humber at 7:05.

Plenty of good seats still remain.


Ubaldo Jimenez Faces Mark Buehrle Wednesday Night At 7:05

After splitting a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, the Indians and the White Sox will get back at it tonight at 7:05 at Progressive Field when Ubaldo Jimenez takes on Mark Buehrle.

The Indians come in with a game and a half lead over Chicago for second place in the American League Central.

Jimenez has won his last two starts to improve to 4-2 with the Tribe. One of those victories came on September 11 when he defeated the Chisox 7-3, allowing two runs in six innings of work to gain his first decision in three career appearances vs. Chicago.

Buehrle was the starter and winner on Opening Day, which seems like about a year ago now, doesn’t it?

Buehrle (11-9) has lost three in a row and has been hammered in each of those starts since beating Minnesota on August 29. In 15.1 innings over those three starts, Buehrle has allowed 20 earned runs to jump his ERA on the season from 3.05 to 3.74.

One of the losses in Buehrle’s current streak was against the Tribe on September 9 in Chicago. In that outing Buehrle went 5.2 innings and surrendered seven runs in an 8-4 Cleveland win.

For his career, in 46 games, including 45 starts, Buehrle is 14-17 vs. the Indians with a 4.81 ERA.

This series will wrap up on Thursday at 7:05 when Philip Humber takes on Jeanmar Gomez. Then Minnesota comes to town beginning Friday for the last home series of 2011.


Indians Vs. White Sox Game 2 Final: Indians Let One Slip Away As Chicago Wins 5-4

Maybe it is not that important for the Indians to finish at or above .500 or in second place at all. Maybe it is better sometimes to let the young arms see what they can do under mild pressure (no pennant race) and see how they might fare next season.

But it sure is hard to be a fan sometimes at this time of year.

After taking a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning tonight and looking good to sweep today’s doubleheader, the Indians saw the Chicago White Sox come back and win 5-4 to earn the split and leave us where we were when the day started — with Cleveland a game and a half up on Chicago and a game under .500

It is unfortunate that Zach McAllister was in line for his first major league win and saw the bullpen give it away — a bullpen that did not feature the best that the Tribe has to offer.

I am not going to criticize the kids, though, or criticize the manager. But I do feel bad for McAllister.

It sure did look good after the fourth inning. After three and a half scoreless frames, the Tribe scored on a Jim Thome single, driving in Jason Donald. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Grady Sizemore delivered a sacrifice fly against Chicago stater Dylan Axelrod and it was 2-0. Matt LaPorta then came through with a double, scoring Thome, and when Jack Hannahan delivered another sacrifice fly, it was 4-0 Good Guys.

McAllister gave up a run in the fifth, and then the Indians squandered a chance to really put the game away in the bottom half when Carlos Santana hit into a double play with two on and nobody out. The Tribe eventually loaded the bases, but White Sox’ reliever Josh Kinney got Sizemore to pop out to end the threat.

In the sixth, McAllister left with one on and one out, giving way to Rafael Perez. With two outs and two on (both runners on base courtesy of walks), Perez allowed a two-run double to Gordon Beckham and it was 4-3.

Chicago took the lead for good in the seventh. Zach Putnam came on for the Tribe and immediately got into trouble when Tyler Flowers singled and Beckham doubled. Juan Pierre tied the game on a ground out and Alexei Ramirez plated what turned out to be the winning run with an RBI single.

Nick Hagadone, to his credit, came on and — after a walk to load the bases — induced a double play grounder,

The Indians got walks in both the seventh and eighth innings but could do nothing with them, and in the ninth, against Chris Sale, Santana hit into another double play with one out and Donald on first to end the long day.

The Tribe and the Chisox will be back at it on Wednesday night at 7:05, as we wind down to the last five days (and six games) of the home schedule for 2011.


Indians Vs. White Sox Game 1 Final: Tribe Uses Long-Ball To Defeat Chicago 4-3

After the sloppy mess of a game that the Indians played against the Mariners on Monday, an actual well-played ballgame broke out at Progressive Field in the day portion of a split doubleheader.

Behind three homers, a quality start from Fausto Carmona and three perfect innings from the bullpen, the Tribe knocked off the White Sox 4-3 to momentarily move back to .500, at the same time extending their lead over Chicago for second place to 2.5 games.

Travis Hafner belted a two-run drive to right in the first inning with two outs — the Indians’ first homer off of Chicago starter Gavin Floyd (12-12) all season — scoring Jason Kipnis.

The White Sox evened the score in the second when Adam Dunn doubled with nobody out, scoring A.J. Pierzynski. Alejandro De Aza followed with a single, plating Alex Rios and making it 2-2, still with nobody out and runners at the corners.

But Carmona got Brent Morel to fly out to right, and Kosuke Fukudome caught De Aza trying to get back to first for an unconventional double play. Gordon Beckham then grounded out, and the damage had been nicely minimized.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo homer to right which barely made it over the yellow stripe before bouncing into the stands leading off the fourth, making it 3-2 Indians.

Cabrera’s homer was his 24th of the season and tied Asdrubal for the Tribe’s all-time record for taters by a shortstop with Jhonny Peralta.

The next inning, with two outs, Fukudome hit his seventh blast of the year, also to right field but a no-doubter, and Cleveland led 4-2.

Carmona (7-15) gave a run back on De Aza’s RBI ground out in the sixth, but left having allowed seven hits and three runs, with two walks and three Ks, and after the bullpen heroics, had earned his first victory since beating the White Sox on August 17.

Joe Smith worked a perfect seventh, Vinnie Pestano did the same in the eighth, with two strikeouts, and Chris Perez worked a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout to earn his 35th save.

The second game of this day/night affair will start this evening at 7:05 when Zach McAllister faces Dylan Axelrod.

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