White Sox 8, Indians 2
Gavin Floyd watched a night earlier as Jake Peavy shut down and
shut out the Cleveland Indians. He knew he needed a follow-up
”You see him you definitely want to at least throw a little bit
close to what he did yesterday,” Floyd said. ”He pitched really
well and I was hoping to do the same.”
Floyd’s performance wasn’t as good as Peavy’s three-hit shutout,
but he still threw seven solid innings Thursday night, allowing
five hits and a run to lead the Chicago White Sox past the
first-place Cleveland Indians 8-2 for a sweep of their two-game
”We feed off each other a little bit,” said Floyd (5-3),
backed by early scoring from the White Sox, who rocked Fausto
Carmona for six runs in the first two innings and drove him out
Carlos Quentin had a two-run homer in the fifth. Alexei Ramirez
responded after being hit in the thumb with a pitch an inning
earlier, to hit a two-run, bases-loaded double and Adam Dunn added
a two-run single in the second. Paul Konerko had a two-run double
in the first.
The White Sox, who got off to a horrid start, have won 9 of
”The ball is bouncing our way right now,” Chicago manager
Ozzie Guillen said. ”We made so many mistakes early and had so
many bad at-bats and so many good pitchers. Everybody that came to
town pitched like it was Cy Young and we’re not going to get any
hits. This group sticks together, this group believes in themselves
and they didn’t panic.”
The White Sox beat a short-handed Indians team and pounded
Carmona for the second time this season.
With Grady Sizemore on the disabled list, Cleveland was also
missing DH Travis Hafner for a second straight game with a sore
right side and he could be headed to an MRI on Friday. Travis Buck,
who was supposed to be the DH, was scratched Thursday with turf toe
and replaced by Shelley Duncan. And Orlando Cabrera was in South
Carolina to become a U.S. Citizen.
”These guys, over the last two years I’ve been here, at least
on paper, have the deepest rotation in our division,” Indians
manager Manny Acta said.
”They’ve pitched well. Can’t take that away from them. I’m not
going to sit here and tell you that our lineup is better without
Grady Sizemore and (Orlando) Cabrera, but I’m also not going to sit
here and make excuses. … Injuries are part of the game that every
team in Major League Baseball has to deal with.”
Carmona (3-4), who was 6-0 against the White Sox from 2008-10,
gave up eight runs and seven hits on a foggy night at U.S. Cellular
Field. On opening day in Cleveland, he surrendered 11 hits and 10
runs in three innings of a 15-10 loss.
”I don’t know what happened. I still felt very good,” Carmona
said. ”In the bullpen the ball was down, but in the game it was
up,” Carmona said.
Quentin hit a two-run homer, his ninth of the season, in the
fifth to make it 8-1.
Cleveland’s Matt LaPorta hit his fifth homer of the season, a
solo shot in the ninth off Tony Pena.
In Chicago’s four-run second, Alex Rios and Dallas McPherson
singled and when Omar Vizquel bunted, catcher Carlos Santana’s
throw to third was late, loading the bases. After a fielder’s
choice, Ramirez sent a hard shot past third to make it 4-1 before
Dunn delivered the two-run single.
Konerko hit a two-run double in the first after Juan Pierre led
off with a double and Ramirez was hit with a pitch after he squared
The Indians scored in the first when Asdrubal Cabrera was hit
with a pitch, Shin-Soo Choo doubled and Santana hit a sacrifice
Notes: Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said the club plans to
recognize Dodgers pitcher Jon Garland and infielder Juan Uribe when
they come to town Friday to begin an interleague series. Both were
key members of the team’s 2005 World Series championship. …
Cleveland recalled IF Luis Valbuena from Triple-A Columbus and
designated RHP Justin Germano for assignment. … Cabrera started a
highlight-reel double play in the eighth, grabbing Vizquel’s
grounder with his bare hand and flipping behind his back to second
baseman Adam Everett.