American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Chicago|
(Friday, September 13th)
Final Score: Cleveland 3, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Despite using eight different pitchers, the
Cleveland Indians never trailed while piecing together a 3-1 victory for their
10th consecutive win over the AL Central basement-dwelling Chicago White Sox.
Ryan Raburn, Drew Stubbs and Michael Brantley provided the offense for the
Indians by knocking in a run each, and Bryan Shaw (4-3) was given the win
after tossing scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth innings.
Starter Danny Salazar fanned nearly every batter that made an out against him,
as the young righty struck out nine over 3 2/3 frames. He allowed four hits
and walked two in the 78-pitch outing.
Chris Perez stranded runners at first and second in the ninth, securing his
24th save and keeping the Indians within 1 1/2 games of Tampa Bay for the
second wild card spot in the American League.
Hector Santiago (4-9) was charged with all three runs over four innings as
Chicago dropped its 13th game in 15 matchups with Cleveland this season.
"He's probably a little tired," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura about his
starter. "I imagine that's part of it, as far as being able to locate and
getting into too much trouble."
Paul Konerko drove in a run for the White Sox, but stranded runners in his
last two at-bats, including a pair with his game-ending flyout in the ninth.
The White Sox, with runners on second and third in the seventh, had a chance
to draw even with their big sluggers up, but failed to capitalize. Adam Dunn,
now mired in a brutal 4-for-51 slump, struck out after going ahead 3-0 in the
count against Marc Rzepczynski. Matt Albers then came on to induce Konerko
into an inning-ending groundout and keep a 3-1 lead for Cleveland.
The Indians went on top in the fourth, as Asdrubal Cabrera singled to start
the frame, swiped second, advanced to third on a fly out and came in to score
on Stubbs' soft single into center.
Salazar, in his first season since returning from Tommy John surgery, has been
kept on a strict pitch count. He made the most of his outing on Friday, with
every Chicago batter who struck out against him going down swinging.
"For the most part, he had really good life on his fastball," said Indians
manager Terry Francona. "There's a lot to like, there's going to be a time
when he stays out there."
Dayan Viciedo's two-out single prevented him from finishing four innings, but
pinch-hitter Josh Phegley stranded two when Nick Hagadone forced him into a
Santiago was pulled in the fifth with runners at corners and no one out. Jake
Petricka came in to fan Carlos Santana, but Raburn ripped a double to left to
plate a run. Cabrera was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Brantley
lifted a sac fly to left for a 3-0 cushion.
The White Sox manufactured a run in the bottom of the fifth, with Marcus
Semien eventually coming in to score on Konerko's two-out single after
originally reaching first on a fielder's choice.
Raburn has driven in 17 runs in 11 games against Chicago this season ... The
White Sox have also dropped 13 of their last 15 games overall, having been
outscored 80-39 over the stretch ... Chicago was 2-for-12 with runners in
09/13 23:05:02 ET