Indians hammered by White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — Fausto Carmona isn’t fooling anyone on the Chicago White Sox this season.
The Cleveland Indians righty was roughed up for eight runs over five innings Thursday night as the White Sox beat the first-place Indians 8-2.
“I don’t know what happened,” Carmona said. “I still felt very good. In the bullpen the ball was down, but in the game it was up.”
Carmona (3-4), who was 6-0 with a 3.11 ERA against the White Sox from 2008-10, lost to the White Sox for the second time this season 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.
Indians manager Manny Acta believes the two are isolated incidents and it just came down to Carmona not changing speeds enough between his fastball and breaking pitches.
“There are certain clubs where he can get away with not having very good separation on his pitches, but this is not one of those teams,” Acta said.
“They have a club that is very aggressive at the plate. They make contact so you do need to make pitches and change speeds on them. Unfortunately today was one of those days where he was throwing his slider at 88, 89 and the separation wasn’t there,” Acta added.
“He made the adjustment a little bit later but it was too late. They got to him. They have a very good lineup, you just have to change speeds and make pitches. He was just a little bit flat for the first three innings.”
The Indians, 26-15 overall, are now 11-11 on the road.
“Well, .500 on the road, I’m not going to sit here and complain about it,” Acta said.
“We want to do better than that, but we’ll take the .500 record.”
Gavin Floyd (5-3) followed up Jake Peavy’s three-hit shutout on Wednesday night by allowing a run and five hits as the White Sox swept the two-game set with the short-handed Indians.
Cleveland is 1-4 against Chicago 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.
“Injuries are part of the game that every team in Major League Baseball has to deal with,” Acta said. “I’m not going to make excuses. They pitched well and that’s it.”
Hafner, who is batting .345 with five homers and 22 RBIs, was injured in batting practice Wednesday and could have an MRI on Friday.
“Just one swing in BP a couple days ago. It was like the third round of BP, just took one swing and it was really painful and after that I couldn’t swing,” Hafner said.
“One of the big things is how it felt this morning. It wasn’t worse, so that’s kind of encouraging. We’ll get it checked out tomorrow and see where we’re at. …I’ve never had anything like it so I’m not sure. We’ll have to wait and see how it is tomorrow.”
Chicago had plenty of offensive firepower.
Carlos Quentin hit a two-run homer, his ninth of the season, in the fifth to make it 8-1.
Alexei Ramirez had a bases-loaded double and Adam Dunn a two-run single in the second. Paul Konerko doubled in two runs in the first.
Cleveland’s Matt LaPorta hit his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot in the ninth off Tony Pena.
The Indians scored in the first when Asdrubal Cabrera was hit with a pitch, Shin-Soo Choo doubled and Santana hit a sacrifice fly.
NOTES: Indians IF Orlando Cabrera was not with the team as he went to South Carolina to become a U.S. citizen. 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.