The Early Worm
— Both the White Sox and Indians limp in at 1-2.
— The White Sox scored a total of 6 runs in their first 3 games and hit .192 as a team. Take away Paul Konerko (we wish) and they hit .161.
— The Indians enter at a robust .153 and average 4.5 hits per 9 innings (but we usually play more).
— Manny Acta’s lineup card went heavy on RH batters (C-Marson, 1B-Lopez, 3B- Donald, CF-Cunningham).
— Indians starter Josh Tomlin has not pitched previously against the White Sox.
— White Sox starter Chris Sale, a converted reliever, has 7 appearances against the Indians with 1 save, 15 Ks in 9.2 innings and a 0.93 ERA. Tonight is his first major league start.
— Indians fans have had their share of Early Wynn moments. Tonight it was Early Loss, 4-2.
— Tomlin started HR, K, K, 1B, HR and ended the first inning down 3-0. Alejandro DeAza and AJ Pierzynski did the honors.
— The White Sox scored again on a single by Brent Morel in the 4th.
— Tomlin, sporting Wyatt Earp-like facial hair, threw 95 pitches in 5 innings (a lot for him), including 26 just to Adam Dunn. He yielded 7 hits but also struck out a career high 7 and left trailing 4-0. He resembled last year’s 2nd half Tomlin, very hittable when he missed location.
What Happened Next
— The Indians bullpen (Asencio, Wheeler and RPerez) added 4 shutout innings.
— Cleveland scored in the 6th when Choo, hit by a pitch, stole second and came around on Santana’s single.
— Jose Lopez homered for the final Tribe run in the 9th.
— Sale was dominant and gave up only 3 hits and 2 walks in 6.2 innings.
— Rookie Hector Santiago earned the save for rookie manager Robin Ventura.
The Woe of Aftermath
— The Indians continued their trend of only 5 hits per game.
— No word yet on when the truck with all the bats will arrive from Arizona.