Indians bats go cold again, fall to Chicago, 3-2
A shaky McAllister snaps three game winning streak
Just as this offensive roller coaster looked to be on its way up, things took another dive for the Indians on Wednesday, as they fell to their division rival Chicago White Sox, 3-2.
For the second time in less than two weeks, Tribe bats were silenced by another stellar pitching performance by Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana. The White Sox starter limited the team to just two runs on four hits through five innings, ending Cleveland’s three game winning streak.
Unlike Quintana (2-0, 2.78 ERA), Tribe starter Zach McAllister did not look as sharp on the mound, as the right-hander pitched his way though a shaky 5 2/3 of work giving up three runs on five hits. It was walks that caused McAllister the most problems, tying a career-high yielding five in the game.
White Sox second baseman Jeff Keppinger started the Chicago offense rolling early, as he singled home outfielder Alejandro De Aza to put the Pale Hose up 1-0. This came after McAllister (1-3, 3.52 ERA) issued a free pass to De Aza to start the ballgame, stealing second base a few pitches later.
Offensively, the Tribe did not have their first opportunity to score until the fourth inning. After Quintana started the game perfect through three innings, the Indians loaded the bases with one out in the inning. With the southpaw on the ropes, Cleveland right fielder Ryan Raburn grounded into an inning ending double play on the first pitch to end the threat.
The game remained a low scoring one run affair until the bottom of the fifth, as McAllister served up a two-run homer on a 0-2 elevated fastball to outfielder Alex Rios. For Rios it was already has sixth home run of the year.
Cleveland had one more shot to get back into the ballgame down 3-0 a half inning later in the sixth. Outfielders Drew Stubbs and Michael Brantley started the rally for the Tribe offensively, as Stubbs drew a leadoff walk and Brantley moved him over to third with a base hit through the right side.
Coming into the ballgame just 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position, second baseman Jason Kipnis came through with a clutch RBI single for the Indians first run. First baseman Mark Reynolds quickly made it a 3-2 game on a sacrifice fly one batter later.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura went to his bullpen for hard throwing right-hander Nate Jones and the move paid off, even after Kipnis stole both second and third base and put the tying run just 90 feet away. Jones struck out Nick Swisher and was able to get Raburn to fly out to left field.
Not being able to score first has become an early season problem for the Tribe, as they are just 2-9 on the year when not scoring the game’s first run. When getting on the board first, the Indians are 6-2.
Even with sporting an 8-11 record, the loss puts the Tribe within three games of striking distance of the Kansas City Royals for first place in the American League Central Division. Cleveland will open up a three-game series against their first place divisional foes on Friday night.
Notes: Prior to Wednesday’s ballgame, the Indians optioned catcher Yan Gomes to Triple-A Columbus and reactivated catcher Lou Marson from the 15-day DL. Gomes was solid both offensively and defensively behind the plate in six games with Cleveland, hitting .211 with two homers and three RBI in 19 at-bats....Quintana has now given up just two runs on five hits in 12 innings against the Tribe this season.
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He even drew a rare (for him) walk. He doesn't seem to be chasing bad pitches as much.
McAllister should have a better record than 1-3 and that's on the offense.
This team is better than the 2012 version but so is KC and perhaps Minnesota. Chicago has some tough pitching. Bauer and Carrasco are the wildcards that may determine the final record. Right now, I see this as a 75 win team.
I guess the offense has had flu like symptoms too!!
why no santana in the lineup with days off yesterday and tomorrow?