White Sox routed, then ruined in doubleheader loss to Indians
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 28, 2013 8:26PM
Chicago White Sox starter Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians in Chicago, Friday, June 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Updated: June 29, 2013 1:54AM
The White Sox dropped a doubleheader Friday to the Cleveland Indians, getting blown out in the first game and blowing a three-run lead in the ninth to lose in the second.
After winning 19-10 in Game 1, the Indians completed the sweep with a 9-8 victory, scoring four runs off closer Addison Reed (3-1).
Reed suffered his fourth blown save and second in the last three games.
The Sox led 8-5 going into the ninth, having rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning. Starter Jose Quintana settled down after that, giving up only two more hits through six innings, one a solo home run by Mark Reynolds.
The Sox came back with a four-run sixth and added two runs in the eighth to put Quintana in line for a victory.
But the lead disappeared quickly. Reed gave up three singles, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to Jason Kipnis to tie the score.
Kipnis, a native of north-suburban Northbrook, was on base eight times in the doubleheader, including three doubles and four walks.
Nick Swisher’s home run gave the Indians the lead.
The doubleheader was scheduled because of a rainout April 23. It was the Sox’ first doubleheader since May 7, 2012, at Cleveland (the Sox lost both games) and the first at U.S. Cellular Field since June 8, 2009, against the Tigers, which the teams split.
The games took almost eight hours to complete, with a 25-minute rain delay in between. The crowd as announced at 28,628.
In Game 1, the Sox suffered their worst defeat of the season, coming apart after taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning.
Starter Hector Santiago gave up five runs in the second. The Indians scored nine off reliever Brian Omogrosso (0-2).
The Sox used four relievers, the last being position player Casper Wells, who pitched the ninth in his first appearance on the mound.
The last position player to take the mound for the Sox was Dewayne Wise on Sept. 12, 2012, against the Twins. But Wells was the first right-handed position player to pitch for the Sox since Steve Lyons in 1990.
Wells struck out one and walked one but didn’t allow a hit or a run.
The 19 runs and 21 hits by the Indians were the most by a Sox opponent this season.
The Sox matched their season high in runs and had 13 hits in the losing effort.