American League Game Summary - Chicago at Cleveland|
(Monday, April 9th)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Cleveland 2
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Chris Sale tossed 6 2/3 strong innings and
the Chicago White Sox topped the Cleveland Indians, 4-2, in the opener of a
three-game set at Progressive Field on Monday.
Sale (1-0) gave up just one run on three hits while striking out five and
walking two in his first career start. He threw 60 of his 100 pitches for
Sale was Chicago's first round draft selection (13th overall) in 2010, and
all 79 of his major league appearances were as a reliever.
"I was a bit nervous," Sale said. "But I tried to channel that towards
pitching. I tried not to be scared of pitching, but motivated."
Hector Santiago gave up a run in the ninth, but still collected his second
save of the season.
A. J. Pierzynski cracked a two-run homer and Alejandro De Aza added a solo
shot for the White Sox, who bounced back from a 5-0 loss to the Texas
Rangers on Sunday. Paul Konerko finished with a pair of hits and Brent Morel
contributed an RBI single.
Josh Tomlin (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on seven
hits while striking out seven and walking one in five full frames.
Jose Lopez ripped a solo home run and Carlos Santana added an RBI single for
the Tribe, who fell to 1-3 on the young season.
Chicago wasted no time hitting the scoreboard as De Aza cracked the fourth
pitch he saw from Tomlin -- a middle-in fastball -- about six rows deep in
right field to make it 1-0. After Konerko beat out an infield single, Tomlin
left another fastball up to Pierzynski and he roped it over the wall in right
field to extend the White Sox lead to 3-0.
Chicago extended its lead to 4-0 in the fifth. After Dayan Viciedo and Gordon
Beckham made the first two outs, De Aza lined a double down the right-field
line, and Morel followed with an RBI single into right field.
Cleveland got on the board in the home half of the sixth after Shin-Soo Choo
was hit by a pitch, stole second and came around to score on an RBI single to
center by Santana.
The Indians drew to within 4-2 when Lopez drove a fastball from Santiago off
the left-field foul pole to conclude an eight-pitch battle, but Santiago came
back to induce a flyout from Shelley Duncan before fanning Jason Kipnis and
Aaron Cunningham to seal the win for the ChiSox.
"If he's healthy and he throws his stuff over the plate, he's going to be
tough on a lot of people regardless of whether he pitches out of the 'pen or
if he starts," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Sale's outing. "He's got a
very deceptive delivery -- a low slot. He can run it up there in the mid-90s
with sink and he's got a pretty good slider."
The White Sox took 11-of-18 meetings with the Indians last season...Sale went
2-2 with a 2.79 ERA, eight saves and 79 strikeouts last season, his first full
major-league year...Cleveland went 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position
and stranded six, while the White Sox went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring
position and stranded nine.
04/10 00:26:43 ET