CLEVELAND -- The White Sox's offense came through far more than expected, while the bullpen was shockingly inefficient during a wild 15-10 Opening Day victory over the Cleveland Indians.
How it happened: The White Sox jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and then piled it on, which was a good thing because the Indians came storming back. The White Sox led 6-0 after three innings and added eight more runs in the fourth inning just for good measure. Adam Dunn struck out in his first at-bat with the White Sox but followed that with a towering home run into the White Sox's bullpen in right field two innings later. Gordon Beckham had a hit in his first three trips to the plate and Carlos Quentin hit a home run in the fourth inning.
What it means: Absolutely nothing. The offense won’t be this good all the time and the bullpen probably won’t be this bad. The good news for the White Sox is that Ozzie Guillen apparently was right when he said the reason the White Sox struggled at the plate toward the end of spring training was simply because of boredom. They were shut out by their Single-A affiliate Wednesday night at Winston Salem. Mark Buehrle, in his ninth career Opening Day start, pitched well until running out of gas in the sixth. Will Ohman was so bad (two HRs in two-thirds of an inning) that Guillen switched to a right-hander (Tony Pena) when left-handed power hitter Travis Hafner came to the plate.
Key stat: Left-handed relief, which was supposed to a strong suit of the 2011 club, gave up a combined five hits and three runs in one full inning.
Up next: Edwin Jackson will pitch in the second game of the season Saturday against the Indians’ Carlos Carrasco, although inclement weather is expected. The game is scheduled for a 12:05 p.m. CST start. The White Sox are opening up the season lefty (Buehrle), righty (Jackson), lefty (John Danks) and righty (Gavin Floyd) and Guillen said Jackson got the call over Floyd or Game 2 because the matchup against the Indians was better for him.