In an embarrassing display of sloppy, bad baseball the Indians squandered the positives from a weekend series win over the Angels with a squalid 7-2 loss to the White Sox.
Donald, Cabrera and Santana (at 1B for the first time this season) each misplayed routine infield pops and Kipnis later simply forgot to cover the bag on a steal attempt, ruining a strong throw by Lou Marson which beat the runner. Hopefully Acta won’t just mince the meat during the post game buffet.
Johnny Damon did not play on arrival day and Choo missed another game with a tender hamstring. Neither absence mattered as White Sox lefthander Chris Sale dominated the Indians for a second time this year. The Tribe managed only 6 hits and has scored 19 runs in the last 8 games.
The lone bright notes: Kipnis continued his strong hitting with 3 knocks, including an RBI double, and Duncan broke the long team homer-less streak after 370 at bats.
Jimenez was horrid. He threw 105 pitches (only 54 for strikes) in 4.2 innings and yielded 8 hits, seven runs and six walks. His ERA sits at a lofty 5.02 on the year and he’s walked 20 in 28.2 IP. Maybe its his cuticle . . . or cuticles.
The loss drops the Indians into a three way first place tie with Detroit and Chicago.
The whiplash rollercoaster continues.