Right-hander Trevor Bauer logged six strong innings, picking up his second win in as many starts and helping the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Cleveland.
Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall contributed a two-run double andCarlos Santana added an RBI single, offering just enough support for Bauer to improve to 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA for the Tribe. Bauer (two runs allowed on four hits with eight strikeouts and four walks) built off his season debut, in the process extending his impressive streak of no-hit innings to nine to start the year.
White Sox left-hander John Danks was charged with four runs (three earned) on six hits in 4 2/3 innings for Chicago, which committed two errors in the loss. Chicago's lone breakthrough against Bauer came in the sixth, when Alexei Ramirez and J.B. Shuck each drove in a run.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Bauer outage: Cleveland's starter opened with three no-hit innings, giving him nine straight innings with no hits allowed to begin this season. White Sox slugger Jose Abreu ended that streak with a leadoff single in the fourth inning. In his nine no-hit frames, dating back to his first outing of the year on Thursday in Houston, Bauer struck out 15, walked seven and threw 157 pitches (94 strikes).
Walk this way:Adam LaRoche apparently took it upon himself to offset his team's lack of walks. The White Sox entered the game with a league-low eight unintentional walks. LaRoche walked in each of his first three at-bats against Bauer. It was the 10th time in LaRoche's career he walked at least three times in a single game. Micah Johnson also took a walk for the White Sox in the third inning.
Escape act: Cleveland has struggled with shut-down innings of late, allowing runs in seven out of nine innings immediately after scoring in the four games prior to Wednesday. After his offense struck for one run in the bottom of the third, Bauer found himself in a bases-loaded jam with one out in the top of the fourth. The righty bucked the recent trend, though, inducing a popout from Shuck and striking out Geovany Soto to end the threat. After the Indians scored twice in the fourth, Bauer turned in a one-two-three fifth.
Defense backfires: The White Sox didn't do themselves any favors in the field. The Indians compiled three infield hits, and there were two other balls that didn't leave the infield which resulted in an Indians baserunner, thanks to errors. Jason Kipnis was awarded a stolen base in the fifth inning when a throw from first baseman Abreu went into left field on a pickoff attempt. To make matters worse, a defensive shift against Santana backfired in the fifth inning, as Santana found a hole in the shift at shortstop for an RBI single.
REPLAY REVIEW In the ninth inning, home-plate umpire Vic Carapazza ruled that Johnson was hit by a pitch by Indians closer Cody Allen. Cleveland manager Terry Francona challenged the call, but the call was confirmed after a brief review.
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Bauer became the first Major League starting pitcher since 2001 (Hideo Nomo, 10 2/3 innings) to open a season with at least nine consecutive no-hit innings. The only other Cleveland starter to accomplish the feat was Hall of Famer Bob Feller, who opened the 1940 campaign with a nine-inning no-hitter against the White Sox.
WHAT'S NEXT White Sox: The White Sox continue their trek around the American League Central, heading to Detroit for the first of three consecutive games, starting Friday at 12:08 p.m. ET. Jeff Samardzija gets the start for Chicago, making his first career start against his now-division-rival Tigers.
Indians: Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluberwill take the mound on Friday against the Twins (8:10 p.m. ET) in search of his first win of the season. Kluber has a 2.63 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings through two starts, but he has one hard-luck loss and a no-decision. The game in Minnesota marks the first in a nine-game, 10-day road trip for the Tribe.