The Indians shot all of their bullets in the second inning today and then, having drawn within striking distance of the fast-starting Chicago White Sox, the Tribe went to sleep offensively, and Cleveland fell to 0-2 on the young season with an 8-3 loss this afternoon in downtown Cleveland.
Carlos Carrasco started and was roughed up for five runs in the first two innings, but then relaxed and carried the game to the seventh, while the Indians started posting goose-eggs on the scoreboard. Carrasco was relieved by Chad Durbin in the seventh and a two-run double from Carlos Quentin basically sealed the deal.
Rafael Perez pitched the ninth and, after walking two to start the inning, got a double-play ball and got out of the inning without any damage, but it was all for show by that point.
Edwin Jackson survived his own rocky start to get the win for Chicago, which poked seven hits in the first two innings, and ended up with eleven for the game. Sergio Santos worked an inning-and-a-third in a non-save situation to finish it for the Sox.
Travis Hafner belted his first homer of the year in the second to get the Indians on the scoreboard. Hafner ended up as the only Tribesman with more than one hit.
Jack Hannahan did drive in two in the second with a single, but that hit was the end of the scoring for Cleveland on this day.
The Indians will try to salvage one game of this three-game series tomorrow, with Justin Masterson opposing John Danks in a 1:05 start at Progressive Field.
A win is needed, and would be appreciated.