CLEVELAND — When he was called up on Friday, Austin Adams knew that he was going to be making his Major League debut sometime this weekend. It happened on Saturday and didn’t go according to plan.
Adams came on during the ninth inning with the White Sox holding a 3-2 lead. By the time Terry Francona came to get the ball from him four batters later, he had recorded only one out and Chicago had put away the game.
The right-hander allowed three runs and three hits in a 6-2 loss to the White Sox. The two teams face each other in the rubber game of the series on Sunday, which is the last game before the All-Star Break.
"I was a little nervous, amped up and excited. It was my first time in the face of it," Adams said. "The results weren’t there. I didn’t leave my best impression."
Adams, who had eight family members from Alabama at the game, threw 96- and 97-mile fastballs to Dayan Viciedo. With the count 1-2, he then threw a slider that caught too much of the plate as Viciedo singled to center. After that the wheels fell off as Conor Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham doubled. Adams did get Tyler Flowers to ground out when Francona lifted him for Mark Rzepczynski.
When asked why he decided to have Adams pitch the ninth, Francona said he didn’t want to wait until after the break before Adams pitched again.
"Tomorrow is the last day before the break and you have to figure (Cody) Allen (Bryan) and Shaw will pitch. We had the bottom of the order that inning and it didn’t work very well," Francona said.
Adams’ day symbolized the Indians in general. On a day in which there were a dearth of opportunities, the White Sox took advantage of theirs and the Tribe did not.
In his first Major League outing since May 21, Zach McAllister went seven innings and gave up three runs on four hits. McAllister didn’t allow any hits through the first three innings before Alexei Ramirez walked and Jose Abreu hit a first-pitch slider that just cleared the right-field wall into the White Sox bullpen.
Considering that McAllister came into the game 0-4 with a 9.51 ERA in his last six Indians starts before Saturday, it was progress.
"I felt like I was in a groove today. I had a couple pitches that really hurt me and got away with a couple other ones," said McAllister, who fell to 3-5 with a 5.63 ERA.
"Those big swings to Abreu and (Adam) Dunn (an RBI single in the sixth) were mistakes that I left over the middle.
"I was happy with my outing and kind of what I had in mind. It would have been better if we got the win but it was a good step in the right direction."
After scoring 16 runs the past two games, the offense was held in check on Saturday and got only six hits. The Indians scored their first run in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk and got the other one in the eighth on a Michael Brantley home run.
The Indians (46-47) are 5-4 on the current homestand and have one more opportunity to get to .500 before the break on Sunday.