On a cool, blustery day in Chicago, the Indians were treated to the kind of weather conditions that exemplify October. The Indians did their part to keep the pressure on both the Rays and Yankees in the Wild Card chase, and extended their winning streak against the beleaguered White Sox to ten games.
Because of the “Salazar Rules,” Danny (3.2 INN/4 H/9 SO/2 BB) didn’t make it out of the fourth inning, but he still found himself written into the Indians’ history books. Salazar became the franchise’s first pitcher since 1916 to strike out nine batters in four innings. His outing is another example for the case against counting wins for pitchers as his stuff was electric and White Sox hitters looked positively overmatched. Salazar is still searching for consistency in his off-speed and breaking pitches, but after searching for many years for the next ace in the pipeline, it’s a treat to see him grow with every start.
Bryan Shaw got the win thanks to two innings of one-hit ball.
White Sox starter Hector Santiago (4 INN/6 H/3 ER/3 SO/3 BB) had to battle, but the Tribe bats were seemingly worn out from the 14-run barrage on Thursday night. Ryan Raburn provided the game-winner for the second day in a row (man, where would we be without this guy?), and the Mafia was able to tiptoe through trouble on little run support.
The Tribe will attempt to clinch the series tomorrow night as Ubaldo Jimenez will face off against Andre Rienzo.
W: Bryan Shaw (4-3); L: Hector Santiago (4-9); S: Chris Perez (24)