I feel like we’ve discussed quite a few back-and-forth games highlighted by the White Sox’ resiliency throughout the first two weeks of the season. Considering that none of us expected much in terms wins for the 2014 club, that is something that is something I’m very OK with … especially when the game ends like the one Sunday on the south side did.
Chicago saw some pretty terrible weather throughout the afternoon which often throws off starting pitchers. Rain delays, and this one saw two of them, can really mess with a starter’s rhythm since they are such creatures of habit with their pre- and in-game routines.
The game finally got underway one hour and fifteen minutes after the initially scheduled 1:10 CT first pitch with the White Sox’ Jose Quintana and the Indians’ Corey Kluber facing off in the final game of this four-game weekend set, and luckily both guys were able to plan far enough ahead to set up their warm-ups accordingly.
While a mid-game rain delay made this one take much longer than it would’ve otherwise, most of the game itself wasn’t much more entertaining than the breaks.
Quintana pitched six innings of one run ball while Kluber let up two in 7.1 innings. While they were both very solid, their starts felt very different all throughout.
Quintana let up just five hits and two walks but really labored throughout the day. His pitch count was high from the start and he finished with 121 of ’em to his name. Kluber, on the other hand, sailed through most of his start.
Michael Brantley was the only Tribe hitter that got on the board against Quintana, clubbing his first homer of the year with two outs in the fourth.
The only offense the Sox generated off Kluber came in the fourth when a Dayan Viciedo RBI infield single brought home the tying run and awhile later when Marcus Semien hit his second eighth inning go-ahead long ball of the year.
But like the first time Semien gave the team the lead, closer Matt Lindstrom blew the save in the ninth. He looked brutal, as he was inaccurate and way too hittable. The Tribe tagged him for two runs to grab a 3-2 lead, capped off with a run-scoring wild pitch.
Luckily John Axford, the veteran and new Indians closer has not been very good either. He started off the bottom of the ninth by walking Jordan Danks who then stole second base. After he retired Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez stepped the plate and the jazz hands followed …
It was Alexei’s third home run of the season, half the total he had all of last year. He has consistently been the White Sox’ best hitter through two weeks of action, hitting .420/.463/.680 while not only doing everything well at the plate, but also on the base paths and in the field.
It looked like we were going to have to end our Masters Sunday in the most frustrating of ways, but the Cuban Missile saved the day, and the White Sox now stand at 7-6 after taking three of four from the Tribe. Yes, the same team that they only beat twice all of last season.