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July 1, 2013

What You Need to Know

Buccos Bucking Losing Trend

by Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
The Indians and White Sox kicked off the weekend slate with a doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field, where the South Side nine deepened its plunge from second place a year ago to the cellar in 2013. Two days later, the senior-circuit portion of the docket concluded at PNC Park, where the home team continued its rise to the top.

After Hector Santiago worked around a pair of walks by striking out the side in the weekend’s first frame, the White Sox went to work against Indians starter Trevor Bauer, forcing the young right-hander to labor for the two outs that he managed to record. Robin Ventura’s club batted around and plated five runs before Matt Albers came to the rescue, stranding the bases loaded to keep the game within reach.

As it turned out, that reach was rather broad. Santiago did not escape the top of the second, and only a double-play ball coaxed by Brian Omogrosso off the bat of Drew Stubbs saved him from further embarrassment. But the Indians weren’t satisfied with just one round of “everybody hits.” They played it again with Omogrosso in the top of the fourth, scoring six more times in that frame before sending him off with three insurance runs in the fifth.

The White Sox dropped a four-spot on Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen in the last of the fifth, but, by then, a game that had all the makings of a laugher had become one—only with the shoe on the other foot. And, in case you’ve forgotten, this four-hour-and-two-minute, 19-10 decision—in which the Indians became the first team in nearly half a decade to win a contest despite their starting pitcher failing to complete the first inning and allowing more than five runs—was just the opening salvo of a true twinbill.

How could things get worse? Well, Jose Quintana getting knocked around for four runs in the top of the first didn’t help. But the White Sox bounced back from that setback with one in the bottom of the first, one more in the bottom of the fifth, and four in the last of the sixth, immediately after the Indians tacked one on. Two insurance tallies in the bottom of the eighth gave Addison Reed a three-run lead to protect to end the day on a high note.

And that is when things got worse. Reed coughed up the save opportunity five batters later, and the sixth, Nick Swisher, homered to put Cleveland on top for good. Vinnie Pestano struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth, and the Indians completed the doubleheader sweep. They went on to secure a four-game series sweep—and with it a share of first place in the Central—on Sunday afternoon, when Justin Masterson added to the White Sox’ misery with a six-hit shutout, in which Ventura’s hitters grounded into four double plays.

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