Rapid Reaction: Indians 6, White Sox 1
August, 1, 2013
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com
CLEVELAND -- The Chicago White Sox fell to the Cleveland Indians 6-1 on Thursday and haven't won a game since July 25 when Jake Peavy was the starting pitcher.
How it happened: Chris Sale was roughed up for 10 hits to match a season high, while his five runs allowed were the most he has given up since April 13. That April 13 game was also at Cleveland, when he allowed eight runs in his third start of the season. Clearly out of sync, Sale was removed after five innings having thrown just 79 pitches. Alejandro De Aza drove in the White Sox's lone run with a home run in the sixth inning, his 13th of the season.
What it means: The White Sox's funk continued as the losing streak hit seven games. The White Sox have also dropped 10 of their past 11 and 13 of their past 16. Sale is the latest victim of the malaise as he looked mentally drained more than anything. Sale refuses to put the blame on anybody but himself, although it seems as if the lack of run support is taking a toll on him. He entered with a 1-8 record in his last 10 starts, but had a 2.84 ERA over that stretch. His 2.50 runs of support per game were the lowest in the major leagues. The offense has now scored three runs or less in 12 of his last 14 starts.
Outside the box: It was Cleveland's second four-game sweep of the White Sox this season, the first time they have ever done that to the White Sox in their history. The last time the Indians had two four-game sweeps over the same team in one season was in 1960 against the Kansas City Athletics. The last time a major league team had two four-game sweeps over the same team in one season was in 2006 when the Colorado Rockies did it to the Washington Nationals. The last time it happened in the American League was in 2004 when the New York Yankees did it to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Off beat: The second of two home runs on the day from the Indians' Ryan Raburn was of the no-doubt-about-it variety against Dylan Axelrod. The first one, though, looked to be no more than a harmless fly ball to right field against Sale. Raburn reached out for a pitch off the plate and caught a steady jetstream with the wind carrying it over the wall just inside the right-field foul pole. A shocked Sale waited to watch the replay on the scoreboard before throwing his next pitch.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.33) to the mound Friday at Detroit to open a three-game series. The Tigers will oppose him with right-hander Doug Fister (9-5, 3.67) in the 6:05 CST start from Comerica Park.