Meadville Tribune

Sports

September 25, 2013

MLB: Indians beat White Sox for 14th straight time, 7-2

CLEVELAND — Rookie Danny Salazar gave Cleveland a much-needed quality start and Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer as the Indians tightened their grip on one of the AL wild-card spots with their 14th straight win over the Chicago White Sox, 7-2 on Wednesday night in their home finale.

Salazar (2-3) struck out eight in 5 1-3 innings for the Indians, who won their final six home games to stay with the wild-card leaders. They entered the night with a one-game lead over Texas in the wild-card chase. Cleveland is also one game behind Tampa Bay for the top spot with just four games left.

Swisher homered in the fifth inning off Dylan Axlerod (4-11) as the Indians finished the season 16-2 against Chicago.

Cleveland hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007, but the Indians are closing in on a berth under first-year manager Terry Francona, who guided Boston to two World Series titles.

A spray-painted bedsheet in the upper deck of Progressive Field said: “Playoff Bound.” The Indians, who already have 20 more wins than last season, have some work to do before that can happen.

They haven’t won it all since 1948, but if they can win their next four games in Minnesota, the Indians will give themselves a chance to end the drought.

Asivail Garcia homered for the White Sox, 6-19 since Aug. 30.

Swisher’s two-run shot in the fifth gave the Indians a 4-1 lead and allowed 30,942 fans to breathe a little easier following the emotional rollercoaster of Tuesday night, when Jason Giambi’s pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth saved closer Chris Perez, who gave up two homers in the top of the inning.

With the Indians leading 2-1 in the fifth, Brantley, who has been using one of Carlos Santana’s bats, doubled with one out and Swisher followed with a shot into the Indians’ bullpen in center. After rounding the bases, Swisher saluted the crowd by raising his hands and forming an “O” and “H”.

The Indians packed for a four-game series against the Twins not knowing if they’ll play again this season after Sunday. They could be coming back to Cleveland for the winter, playing a one-game playoff just to get to into the wild-card game or maybe headed to either Tampa Bay or Texas for one game with the winner advancing to the division series.

There are far too many unknowns, which is why manager Terry Francona would not discuss any possible postseason plans.

“We’re not there yet,” he said before the game.

Indians ace Justin Masterson, sidelined since Sept. 2 with an oblique injury, pitched the ninth. It’s possible the All-Star right-hander could start again this season if the Indians get in the playoffs.

One night after Giambi’s breathtaking homer, the Indians had to scrap again to get past a team with 96 losses.

Leading 4-1 in the sixth, Salazar gave up a pair of singles and was replaced by Bryan Shaw. Dayan Viciedo followed with an RBI single, and after the Indians botched a rundown, Shaw was in a jam. But the right-hander struck out Jordan Danks and Marcus Semien.

The Indians got the run back in the sixth on Drew Stubbs’ sacrifice fly and went up 7-2 in the seventh on Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run single.

Cleveland took advantage of Chicago miscues to score two unearned runs in the second and take a 2-1 lead.

Lonnie Chisenhall reached on a fielder’s choice and moved up on Axelrod’s wild pitch with two outs. Drew Stubbs hit a high hopper toward third baseman Semien, who should have handled it but let it bounce off his glove for an error, allowing Chisenhall to score.

Brantley, who has been Cleveland’s best hitter in the clutch, followed with an RBI single to center. He entered batting .349 with two outs and runners in scoring position.

The White Sox played their final road game without Paul Konerko, who was kneecap was sore and swollen after fouling a pitch off it Tuesday.

NOTES: Indians CF Michael Bourn didn’t start because of a sprained right wrist. Francona wanted to give his leadoff hitter a day of rest and treatment. Bourn pinch-ran for Giambi in the sixth. ... Giambi has two pinch-hit walk-off homers this season, both against the White Sox. He’s the first player to hit two pinch-hit walk-offs against the same team in a season since 1968, when Detroit’s Gates Brown did it twice against Boston. ... White Sox DH Adam Dunn was given the night off, though it appears he’s been idle for several weeks. After striking out four times Tuesday, he’s batting .115 (12 of 104) in his last 29 games.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Blue Jackets celebrate Pens squander 3-0 lead as Jackets even up series

    Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno’s wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
    The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise’s 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kyle Wise Panthers rally to beat Huskies

    Through three innings Tuesday afternoon at home, it looked like it was going to be a very long day for the Saegertown baseball team.
    The wind and the cold didn’t appear to bother Harbor Creek starting pitcher Issac Mattson as the senior struck out nine batters through the first three frames, including four strikeouts in the first inning alone.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greggs and Bison knock Bulldogs down to earth

    Back to reality.
    Coming off one of its biggest wins in recent years on Friday with a 10-5 victory over previously unbeaten Saegertown, Meadville fell victim to possibly being over confident against Fort LeBoeuf.

    April 22, 2014

  • Devils sweep Tigers

    Just six days earlier, the Cambridge Springs boys volleyball coaching staff sat on the sidelines at Saegertown High School perplexed and disappointed as they watched the Blue Devils give away opportunity after opportunity.

    April 22, 2014

  • Abby Clulow Cardinals overcome offensive woes to remain unbeaten

    Abby Clulow is confident that sooner or later the bats are going to come alive for the Cochranton softball team. She is also pretty confident that until then the Lady Cardinals will continue to find a way to get the job done.
    After all, how could she feel any differently?

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fight.jpg Brewers win in 14th after early brawl with Pirates

    Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.
    Yet those were hardly the big blows that attracted all the attention Sunday in the Brewers’ 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pivotal Game 3 awaits Pens and Blue Jackets

    Not so long ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were the worst team in the NHL.
    Now they’re heading home for tonight’s Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins hoping to make even more history.

    April 20, 2014

  • Blue Jacket_DiRi.jpg Blue Jackets edge Penguins 4-3 in double overtime

    Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • College Softball: DePauw earns NCAC sweep over Allegheny

    It’s gut-check time for the Allegheny College softball team.

    April 19, 2014

  • Biggs.jpg Big first inning leads Meadville to win over Saegertown

    So, how does one go about beating the Saegertown baseball team? It’s a question that District 10 programs have been asking themselves for years now.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Poll

In terms of the overall livability and workability of the City of Meadville, which component of the city’s infrastructure should receive top priority?

Streets
Stormwater control
Parks
Other
It’s too difficult to single one out
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks