August 26, 2014

White Sox 8 Indians 2: Fausto’s Nemesis Gets Him Again

I don’t know what it is about the Chicago White Sox this season, but the Indians seem to have an adverse reaction to the South Side Nine. Despite dominating the rest of the American League, the Tribe can’t seem to solve the strikeout prone, fourth place Sox.

Last night’s 8-2 thrashing at US Cellular Field was the fourth time in five games the White Sox have beaten the Indians. They are 25-11 against the rest of the league.

In the majority of these four losses, the Tribe has been competitive at least. Not last night. Even the 15-10 home opening loss they showed some life. In the swampy nature of this Chicago May evening, the Indians played like they were in a fog themselves.

Of all the struggles the Tribe has had with the White Sox, nobody has been worse than Fausto Carmona. Facing them for the second time, Fausto again had no movement on his pitches. A fastball hitting team like the Sox will take advantage of that everytime. Last night was no exception.

“My slider didn’t move, and my sinker was up,” said Carmona. “Everything was up.”

They got him for two in the first after a leadoff Juan Pierre double and a phantom hit by a pitch of Alexi Ramirez. Fausto came up and in with a pitch that appeared to glance off of the top of Ramirez’s hand. The Sox shortstop acted like he had just been shot, rolling around on the ground in pain. Replays were inconclusive as to if the ball actually hit him. Soccer fans thought this was bad acting. Regardless, Tribe killer Paul Konerko drove both in with a double which was misplayed off the wall by Austin Kearns.

Carmona was able to keep the damage at two, stranding Konerko at second, but the Sox were hardly done battering the big righty around.

After back to back singles from Alex Rios and Dallas McPherson, Omar Vizquel put down a sacrficie bunt that Catcher Carlos Santana fielded cleanly. He threw to third to get the lead runner, but umpire Eric Cooper (he of the hide and wide strike zone a night earlier) ruled Rios safe as Jack Hannahan’s foot was not on the bag. Except it was, a half second before Rios slid in. Fausto reared back and got Pierre to ground into a force play with Rios was out at the plate. A patented Carmona double play ball could have saved this inning.

Except it never came.

Ramirez doubled to left scoring two and Adam Dunn singled to bring Ramirez home. Just like that, it was 6-1 White Sox.

“They’re killing me this year,” Carmona said of South Siders.

It was all over but the shouting at that point.

Carmona went five innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits. In his two starts against Chicago, he has given up 18 runs on 18 hits in eight innings, good for an ERA of 20.25. Against the rest of the league, he has allowed 16 runs in 56.1 innings (2.56 ERA).

After unloading on the Royals in KC, the Indians have scored two runs in two games in Chicago. Part of it can be blamed on the banged up nature of the roster. Last night’s lineup was not exactly awe inspiring.

With Grady Sizemore on the DL, Travis Hafner out with an injury to his side, Travis Buck being scratched before the first pitch because of turf toe, and Orlando Cabrera not with the club because he was in South Carolina becoming an official U.S. citizen, the Indians lineup looked a lot like a 2010 version. Your five through nine Shelley Duncan, Matt LaPorta, Jack Hannahan, Kearns, and Adam Everett. Not quite the lineup you want to be putting out there against a right-handed pitcher.

The extent of Buck and Hafner’s injuries are still yet to be determined, but the short-handed Tribe had to designate reliever Justin Germano for assignment before the game and bring up utility man “Sweet” Luis Valbuena.

Lets hope the big guns get healthy in a hurry as the Battle of Ohio looms this weekend with Cincinnati coming to town. Things get started tonight with rookie Alex White (1-0, 3.75 ERA) taking the mound for the Tribe, facing Reds lefty Travis Wood (3-3, 5.01 ERA).

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Buckeyedawg

    Heading into a 9 game stretch against CIN, BOS, and TB losers of two in a row and in a bit of an offensive slump.

    There is no such thing as a “make or break” stretch in May, but we are going to find out a lot about this team over the next 10 days.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    PANIC!!!!!

  • http://www.60bpm.com/ Robbie

    Sucks. I was so busy last night, I didn’t even think to check the score. Was hoping to launch my app and be pleasantly surprised. Not!

  • Chucky Brown

    seriously,

    I hope all of the talk of cland optimism ceases with the Heat moving closer to the title, and the bottom falling out of the tribe

    what we were thinking with all that positivity b.s.?

  • mgbode

    the next time the White Sox play the Tribe with Fausto pitching can we please descend a plague of midges on the ballpark? maybe those types of good memories will help him pitch better.

  • mgbode

    also, would like to note that in the first half of last year while the Tribe was playing terribly, we were 8-4 against the White Sox.

    when the Tribe started playing better in the 2nd half of they year, they went 1-5 against the Sox.

    therefore, as is obvious, the worse the Indians do against the White Sox, the better they do against everyone else. so, getting swept was a good sign.

  • Garry Owen

    As long as they don’t ruin our run for the Central (which, admittedly, they could do), I’m okay with them being a thorn in our side.

    I’m more concerned about the possibility of meeting the Angels in the playoffs. We haven’t exactly been too brilliant against them, either.

    Playoffs? I’m talking about playoffs? You betcha.

  • GhostToMost

    The Sox are the one team in this division that still scares me. If they get hot they could be nipping at our heels very soon.

  • http://www.redright88.com Titus Pullo

    At the start of May, the Tribe lead second-place Kansas City by 4.5 games.

    Almost three weeks later, the Tribe leads second-place Detroit by 5 games.

    And that’s after losing two in a row to the ChiSox.

    Everything is good in town.

  • JNeids

    I can’t believe I drove 6 hours for Kearns and Everett. Ah well, let’s get back to some home cookin…

  • mgbode

    we have a brutal stretch from here to the allstar break (reds twice, yankees twice, rays, rockies, rangers, giants, red sox…our ‘easy’ series are the Tigers, Blue Jays twice, Pirate,s and Twins).

    plus, very few off-days. currently, in a stretch of 10 straight days with games. then 13 straight. then 13 straight again.

    going to show whether or not we are true contenders the next month and a half.

  • theherd10

    I keep seeing in various places that Carmona is a bum, we need to trade him while he has some value, etc. I do agree that he can be inconsistent, but I think his numbers speak for themselves. He is pitching VERY well against everyone else, but the White Sox simply have his number to this point this season. I don’t like that it’s the ChiSox, but it is what it is. Back in ’95 when we were beating everyone’s brains into oblivion, we still struggled against the Yankees. I hated that, too, but big picture – like Garry said, I can handle them being a thorn in our side so long as it doesn’t upset the entire apple cart. In addition, I think the Tribe will improve simply by getting the heck away from Eric Cooper. Sayonara, man.

  • TSR3000

    Titus- Thank you for that. Deep breath.

    Now let’s take 2 of 4 this weekend.

  • http://blog.clevelandsportstorture.com/ CleSporTorture Doug

    Obviously we need a healthy Pronk and Grady to really take hold of this division, but in their absence a guy like Carmona HAS to step up. A really lousy couple day in chi-town. Gonna be some huge crowds this weekend at the prog so let’s see what happens.

  • NJ

    Wait… we’re not going to win 110 games? EVERYBODY PANIC.

  • Chucky Brown

    guys were cleveland fans, have the years taught you nothing

    well be in 4th pace by flag day

    (see name of current website)

  • Chucky Brown

    i meant 4th place