Swisher's two blasts help complete another sweep of Sox
Tribe goes deep four times in third 4-game sweep of White Sox
By Nathan Kemp
September 15, 2013
After rain delayed the start of the game 4 hours and 28 minutes, the Indians achieved a first by sweeping a four-game series of the White Sox for the third time in a season. With the win, Cleveland pulled within a half-game of Tampa Bay and Texas in the American League Wild Card race and will have a chance to take over a spot when the teams begin a series Monday.
Zach McAllister (8-9, 3.96) limited the White Sox to just one run for the second night in a row, as he surrendered just six hits and a walk over six and two-thirds innings. He struck out five.
McAllister surrendered his only run on a two out, RBI-single to Josh Phegley. Indians manager Terry Francona replaced McAllister following the single. Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen combined to pitch the final two and one-thirds innings, allowing just one hit.
Chris Sale (11-13, 3.08) gave up six runs on nine hits, including three home runs, in five and two-thirds innings. He has posted an 8.61 ERA in 23 innings against Cleveland this season.
Chicago, the last place team in the American League Central, has lost six in a row and is now 33 games under .500.
Carson, a 32-year-old utility man, added a 402-foot solo shot to right field in the fifth, extending the Indians lead to 2-0. The homer was his first since Sept. 26, 2010 when he was a member of the Oakland A's.
Carson added an infield single in the sixth to have just his second three-hit game of his major league career. Since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus when Ryan Raburn was placed the disabled list, Carson has hit .750 with a 1.125 slugging percentage in 10 games played.
The Indians piled on in the sixth, batting around while driving Sale from the game. Swisher led off the inning with his team-high 19th homer. Raburn and Santana followed with two more singles and after a strike out, Cabrera hit a three-run, line-drive blast to left, putting the Indians up 6-0. After allowing another single and a walk, Sale was pulled in favor of Jake Petricka who prevented further damage.
Swisher added a second homer, his 20th, from the left side of the plate in the top of the ninth. His 13 games with home runs from both sides of the plate tied Mark Teixeira for the most in major league history. Swisher has 20 career multi-homer games.
Swisher has now hit at least 20 home runs for the last nine seasons. He hit just two homers in 2004, his first year in the majors in which he played just 20 games.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.
Outside of KC, their final opponents are weak. Tonight is the test in KC, with Shields pitching. The Indians have a chance to put away the Royals.
Funny thing. Even though the Tribe is not yet in a wild card spot, their playoff chances (as listed on ESPN's standings) are higher than the Rays or the Rangers - just under 70%.
They've done their part - playing meaningful baseball in September. One more win and they will have a winning season - and 90 games is within reach with their last stretch of games. They just need to keep the bats alive and have the pitchers keep doing their thing.