Dorothy in the ‘Wizard of Oz’ said there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home. In 2015, don’t tell that to the Cleveland Indians. The Chicago White Sox complete a four game sweep at Progressive Field with a 2-1 win on Sunday afternoon. It’s the first time since 2005 that the White Sox sweep a four game series over the Indians.
Cleveland fans may have thought the Indians hit rock bottom after being swept in Baltimore last month by the Orioles. Being swept at home by the division rival White Sox at home and falling into last place in the American League Central division in the process is hitting rock bottom.
Danny Salazar was the recipient of no run support in the series finale. Salazar would pitch six and two third innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits with three walks and eight strike outs. Chicago got to Salazar in the third inning. Carlos Sanchez would take Salazar to the Indians bullpen for a solo home run giving the White Sox a 1-0 lead. It was the second home run in as many days and in the major league career for Sanchez.
Carlos Rodon was very solid for the White Sox on the hill against the tribe. Rodon also went six and two thirds innings allowing no runs on five hits with no walks and nine strike outs. All four White Sox starters did not allow a walk in the series.
The tribe had a golden opportunity to tie the game at one in the third inning. Brandon Moss lead off the inning with a single the opposite way to left. Roberto Perez would follow that with a double of the wall in left. Moss would advance to third. Mike Aviles would ground out to Jose Abreu at first base. Moss would start to head for home and then stop. Abreu would throw home and get Moss caught in a rundown between third base and home plate. Moss would be tagged out for the first out. Jason Kipnis would step up to the plate and hit into a double play to end the inning and a scoring opportunity wasted.
In the seventh inning the White Sox added to their lead on an rbi single by Melky Cabrera to score Sanchez making it a 2-0 game. Sanchez had three hits on the day off of Salazar.
The Indians would avoid the shut out by getting a run off of White Sox closer David Robertson. Giovanny Urshela would open up the ninth inning with a triple the opposite way to right center field to extend his hitting streak to five games in a row. Urshela would score on a ground out to second by pinch hitter David Murphy. Robertson would get Moss to fly out to center to end the game for his 21st save of the season. Rodon improves his record to 4-3. Salazar suffers his second straight defeat since the All-Star Break, Salazar’s record falls to 8-6.
The Indians record falls to 45-52. The White Sox are now 46-50. The loss puts the Indians a game and a half behind Chicago for fourth place in the American League Central division. Following the game, a players only meeting was held. With the non-waiver trade deadline coming up this Friday, it will be interesting to see if the Indians become sellers and make some moves to retool the roster.
Perhaps manager Terry Francona should hold another team meeting before the Indians open up a three game series again the central division leading Kansas City Royals on Monday. Francona did the same thing following the sweep in Baltimore a month ago. The result, the Indians would sweep the four game series over the Tampa Bay Rays in Saint Petersburg.
Cody Anderson will take the hill in the series opener Monday night. The Royals will counter with Edinson Volquez. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. The Indians have lost four straight and five of their last six game. The Indians are 3-5 since the All-Star break.