Adam Dunn, signed in the offseason by Chicago, drove in four of the White Sox' runs today, Carlos Quentin drove in five and both players homered off an ineffective Fausto Carmona, as the Indians lost their regular season opener, 15-10, albeit not without a stirring rally to try to get back in the contest after falling behind by a ghastly 14-0 in the fourth inning.
Carmona lasted only three + innings, giving up ten earned runs for a cool ERA of 30.00 on the season. Justin Germano relieved in the fourth and was also touched up big time in what proved to be the decisive eight-run rally. Germano gave up four runs, then settled in and got the game to the seventh. Frank Herrmann toseed two frames, giving up one run, and Vinnie Pestano finished up with a scoreless ninth while the Indians tried frantically to crawl their way all the way back.
Carlos Santana and Jack Hannahan both homered for the Indians. Both also had three hits, joining Asdrubal Cabrera. Hannahan's homer was his first with the Tribe.
Mark Buehrle lasted through the sixth, finally weakening and allowing six hits and four runs in his final inning of work after blanking the Indians through five, and got the victory. The Sox bullpen gave up six runs in just three innings, as the Indians scored three in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in the ninth.
The hill though was too high to climb, and the early deficit much too much to overcome.
The Indians will try again tomorrow, this time at 1:05, with Carlos Carrasco on the mound for Cleveland. A full preview of that game will be available in the morning.