Tribe sweeps doubleheader against White Sox
Indians now trail Tigers by two games after winning two in longest doubleheader ever
CHICAGO -- After Cleveland pounded out 19 runs in a game one victory, the Tribe scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox, 9-8, as the Indians swept both games of a doubleheader Friday.
With the two wins, the Indians trail the Detroit Tigers by two games in the American League Central. The Tigers won earlier in the evening.
Cleveland rookie pitcher Trevor Bauer recorded just two outs in the first inning of game one, making things tough on the bullpen. The situation looked bleak for the Tribe as Bauer put the Indians in an early 5-0 hole while failing to eat some innings to start off the twin bill.
Bauer faced 10 White Sox batters before Indians manager Terry Franconapulled the young starter. Bauer had only allowed one hit in 15 chances with a runner in scoring position over his first three starts of the season.
The Tribe offense would proceed to score 14 straight runs, however, with every player in the lineup picking up at least one hit. Asdrubal Cabrerawas the only Indian to not drive in a run.
Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with three walks, three doubles, four runs and two RBI, reaching base in his 30th consecutive game. He became the first player in major league history to hit three doubles and draw three walks in the same game.
After allowing the White Sox to claw back within four runs, Cleveland scored five more runs over the seventh and eighth to increase their lead to nine. Ryan Raburn golfed a two-run homer in the seventh, picking up his third and fourth RBI. Two more runs scored in the eighth, putting the Indians up 19-10, as they coasted to a blowout victory.
Matt Albers (2-0, 2.22) picked up the win after recording the final out of the first and staying on through the third.Brian Omogrosso (0-2, 9.37) got the loss for the White Sox, surrendering nine earned runs in just two and one-third innings of work.
In game two, the Tribe lineup kept rolling early, putting up a four spot against White Sox starter Jose Quintana in the first inning.
After Michael Bourn and Mike Aviles led off the game with quick back-to-back singles, Kipnis stayed hot, blooping a RBI single to left-center. Nick Swisher followed with a walk to load the bases and catcher Carlos Santana walked a batter later to force in another run. Kipnis scored on a passed ball and Swisher became run number four whenMichael Brantley hit a sacrifice fly to left. The first four runners reached base and scored for the Indians to put them in good position early.
Chicago picked up a run off Indians spot starter Carlos Carrasco in the bottom half of the first. The right-hander struggled through five and two-thirds innings of work, but managed to keep the White Sox lineup in check through the first four innings.
After a Mark Reynolds solo shot in the top of the sixth, Carrasco imploded, allowing a one-out, bases-loaded double, drawing the score to 5-4. After a ground out, Carrasco was relieved by lefty Rich Hill, who allowed a two-RBI single to Adam Dunn.
After the single by Dunn, the book was closed on Carrasco. In five and two-thirds innings, he allowed six earned runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out three.
Hill pitched effectively in the seventh, keeping the Indians within a run. Matt Langwell (1-0, 5.06), just called up from Triple-A Columbus between games, struggled through the eighth, surrendering two more runs. Alejandro De Azaled off the inning with a walk and stole second before scoring on a double by Alexei Ramirez. After a strike out, Keppinger tripled to deep right field to score Ramirez.
The Indians still had another magic inning left, however, blowing up for four runs against Chicago closer Addison Reed. Raburn, Cabrera, and Bourn opened the inning with three straight singles, the last one scoring Raburn from third. With Jason Giambi hitting for Aviles, Reed (3-1, 4.00) threw a wild pitch, scoring Cabrera from third. With Bourn advancing to third on a fly out by Giambi, Kipnis hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Bourn and tying the game at eight. Swisher followed with a game-winning, 414-foot homer to right against his former team.
Vinnie Pestano struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his sixth save of the season.
According the Associated Press, the seven hours and 53 minutes total made it the longest doubleheader with two nine-inning games on record.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.
I totally expect them to get shut out today.
I can't believe they beat Quintana. He has owned them in the past.
I also can't believe Bauer is still "experimenting" with his delivery. He's messed himself up so much he doesn't want to throw from a windup anymore. This guy spends so much time on analysis of angles and vectors that he can't pitch.
"Don't think, Meat, you'll only hurt the ball club."
I wonder if at some point after getting hammered enough he'll agree to let someone besides himself be his pitching coach. This Gallaway guy seems to be doing allright.