Rapid Reaction: Indians 8, White Sox 6 (F/10)
August, 26, 2014
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox extended their losing streak to seven games with an 8-6 defeat to the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings.
How it happened: The Indians' Zach Walters, a designated hitter who started the game batting .182, hit a go-ahead, two-run home run against White Sox reliever Jake Petricka. Alexei Ramirez had three RBIs for the White Sox, including a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Avisail Garcia had a two-run double for the White Sox in the first inning, while Adam Eaton had an RBI single in his first game back from the disabled list. White Sox starter Jose Quintana gave up six earned runs, the most he has given up in a start since June 13 against the Royals when he also gave up six.
What it means: Quintana finally got a little run support, but he couldn’t help himself by giving up his six runs over five innings. The White Sox scored five runs before Quintana left the game. Over his last four starts, the offense had supported him with six combined runs while he was still pitching. After pitching well from the middle of June through July and into the first two starts of August, Quintana has now given up 14 earned runs combined over his last three starts.
Outside the box: Tuesday was just the ninth time all season that Eaton, Garcia and Jose Abreu were in the same White Sox lineup. Garcia injured his shoulder during the eighth game of the season, and when he returned on the last homestand, Eaton was on the DL with an oblique injury.
Offbeat: Fielders often have little tricks to fool base runners and sometimes they only end up fooling themselves. On a line drive to center field in the sixth inning, Eaton tried to trick the Indians base runners into thinking he was about to catch a line drive off the bat of Roberto Perez. Instead, the ball skipped passed him before he could get his glove back into proper fielding position and two runs scored. One batter later, though, Eaton threw out Perez at home plate on another hit to center field.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.39 ERA) to the mound Tuesday in the middle game of the three-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander Corey Kluber (13-7, 2.46) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.