Rapid Reaction: White Sox 7, Indians 3
April, 10, 2014
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox opened a seven-game homestand with a 7-3 victory Thursday against the Cleveland Indians.
How it happened: Jose Abreu turned in another offensive show, collecting his second multihomer game of the week. Abreu went deep in the second and the fifth inning, matching the two-homer game he had Tuesday at Colorado. Alexei Ramirez had two hits and three RBIs, giving him a hit in all 10 games this season. The notoriously slow starter has bucked the trend and is batting .421 in the early going. John Danks wasn't sharp but limited the Indians to three runs over six innings. Daniel Webb pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
What it means: After losing 17 of 19 games to the Indians last season, the new-look White Sox got off to a much better start against their division rivals. Before the game, manager Robin Ventura insisted his club didn't have any kind of revenge on its mind. "You want to win games," Ventura said. "I don't think just because you want revenge or anything like that you're necessarily now going to win the game. I mean we were actually trying last year."
Outside the box: The victory ended a 14-game losing streak to the Indians, during which the White Sox were outscored by a 102-45 margin. It was the White Sox's longest losing streak against one opponent since divisional play began in 1969. The White Sox not only batted .242 as a team against the Indians, the pitching staff had a combined 5.99 ERA.
Offbeat: Outings don't get any crazier than the one Indians starter Danny Salazar had. The right-hander lasted only 3⅔ innings, but 10 of the 11 outs he recorded came via strikeout. According to data from the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first pitcher in the modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in an outing that lasted less than four innings. The only out he recorded that wasn't a strikeout was when Adam Eaton was thrown out at second base trying to stretch a single into a double.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (2-0, 1.76 ERA) to the mound against Cleveland in the second game of the four-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 6.35) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.