Wednesday, April 15, 2015

White Sox top Indians behind quality Quintana

Left-hander Jose Quintana spun six solid innings and Jose Abreu launched his second home run of the season, helping the White Sox claim a 4-1 victory over the Indians on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
The Indians had more on their mind than the loss column, though.
In the first inning, Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco was hit on the side of the face by a line drive from Melky Cabrera, forcing the pitcher out of the game. The Indians received good news, as X-rays on Carrasco came back negative and the pitcher was being treated for a jaw contusion.
"You never want to see that," White Sox reliever Zach Duke said. "No matter who it is, you don't want to see that. Hopefully he's OK."
Cleveland's only offense against Quintana came in the fourth inning, whenJerry Sands singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and later scored on a double from Ryan Raburn. Over the past two games, Raburn has contributed three hits with three RBIs for the Tribe.
"We had opportunities to get ourselves back in that ballgame," Indians outfielder Brandon Moss said. "It just wasn't there tonight. It was one of those nights where it was definitely hard to get things going."
Scary moment: Eight pitches into the game, Carrasco tried to avoid the sharp comebacker from Cabrera. The baseball hit the pitcher's hands before striking the right side of his face. Carrasco fell to the mound and was later helped onto a cart and off the field. According to the Indians, initial tests showed no signs or symptoms of a concussion or head injury, but the pitcher will continue to be monitored in the coming days. More >
"Obviously, we've got to check him in the morning and see how he's doing," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "But, I think in the big picture, we dodged a really big bullet."
Return to form: Quintana bounced back from a rough 2015 debut, holding an Indians lineup that has struggled against left-handed pitching to one unearned run over six innings of work. The only run Quintana allowed came after a passed ball. He struck out six and allowed just three hits. In his season debut, Quintana allowed nine hits and struck out four in five innings.
"He was erratic," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It wasn't really the control that you'd like to see, but he battled and he always ends up fighting through it and getting you to a point where you get to the bullpen, and the bullpen did a nice job tonight, too."
Emergency relief: Due to having off-days on Monday and Thursday this week, the Indians put starter Zach McAllister in the bullpen. That move proved important when Carrasco made his unexpected exit. McAllister logged 3 2/3 innings, holding Chicago to one run on four hits. McAllister took over with runners on first and second in the first, and the White Sox scored twice on a groundout (Adam LaRoche) and a single (Avisail Garcia) in the frame.
"Obviously, that's a tough situation," McAllister said. "You never want to see anything like that to any type of pitcher on a comebacker. It's a scary moment. As far as getting ready, I came out of the bullpen last year. I'm able to get ready and be prepared. I felt good when I came in."
Leaning left: The Indians faced a steady stream of lefties from the White Sox bullpen, a strategy that the lefty-heavy Cleveland lineup might get used to this season. After the lefty Quintana worked through six quick innings, fellow southpaws Dan Jennings and Duke backed him up with scoreless frames each before right-handed closer David Robertson finished the job. More >
"Having guys in the bullpen like that, there's just a different vibe to it," Ventura said. "You've got some veteran guys, like Duke and Robertson, and you're just seeing a different feeling just because of their experience and their talent."
"You couldn't ask for anything better than that. That was a line drive that was coming right back at him. To only walk away with it pretty much being swollen, that's a great situation." -- McAllister, on the initial tests results on Carrasco
With his performance, Quintana improved to 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA (21 earned runs in 64 1/3 innings) in 12 career games against the Indians.
White Sox: White Sox lefty John Danks is scheduled to take the hill on Wednesday, attempting to rebound from an ineffective season debut in a loss at Kansas City. Danks allowed four earned runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, and he was unable to miss bats, striking out just one of 25 batters faced.
Indians: Indians righty Trevor Bauer will take the mound against the White Sox in the finale of this two-game set. Bauer has not given up a hit since last season. On Thursday in Houston, the young starter tossed six no-hit innings against the Astros, striking out 11 and walking five in an impressive 111-pitch performance.

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