After dropping two games out of three earlier this week in Tampa Bay the White Sox ventured up to the great state of Ohio for a weekend series at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The White Sox and Indians opened their three-game series on Friday with the Indians grabbing game one by a final score of 7-3. White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez went 4.2 innings, surrendering four earned runs on six hits before the bullpen took over. Dan Jennings was effective in his 2.1 innings of work but Jake Petricka allowed three runs on four hits in the bottom of the eighth to put Cleveland up comfortably.
The Sox offense struggled against Cleveland starter Corey Kluber, who collected eight strikeouts over six innings. Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier, and Jose Abreu all drove in runs against the Tribe starter but that was all the White Sox offense could bring across the plate. Andrew Miller contributed two innings of shutout baseball, earning four strikeouts of his own, and closer Cody Allen took the hill for the game’s final frame.
Saturday’s game worked out a little better for the White Sox. David Holmberg has done pretty well in his spot starts so far over the last couple of weeks and while Saturday’s outing was a little rocky the bullpen was able to hold everything together once they came in. Chris Beck, Dan Jennings, and Anthony Swarzak combined for two quick innings of one-run ball before David Robertson came in for a two-inning save – his tenth of the season.
Avisail Garcia kept up his hot hitting, improving his season batting average to .333 with a pair of hits. Surprisingly the White Sox were able to take a 5-3 victory without hitting a single home run in the game. A couple of years ago it would have been a rare sight to see the Sox put together a victory without hitting a home run or two but this season it seems like they’re hitting differently and it’s quite a refreshing change.
Sunday afternoon’s game saw Jose Quintana take the mound for the White Sox. Rumors regarding Quintana’s trade value have been circulating literally since the beginning of the calendar year and after two months of play it would seem like those talks are starting to affect Jose’s performance. Quintana is sporting a shockingly unQuintanian 2-8 record with a 5.30 ERA through 13 starts this season. Sunday’s effort was about what we’ve come to expect from the left-hander: five innings, five hits, three runs, two walks.
Todd Frazier did his best to ignite a rally in the sixth inning, clubbing a two-run double that knotted the game at that point. Unfortunately the Indians jumped ahead with one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning and that was all they would need to take the series two games to one.
Avisail Garcia continues on his way to a career-best season should this type of play continue. Whether this impacts his trade value at the deadline will remain to be seen but you have to figure the White Sox would at least entertain offers at the chance to further improve the organization’s future. Avi is young at 26-years-old so he could still be a key player for this team for years to come should they decide to hang on to him.
David Holmberg has been impressive in his 11 games this season. Holmberg has a 2.74 ERA in 23 innings pitched so far.
This isn’t related to this series at all but since I have this space to write something here I wanted to point this out. The shirt they’re giving away at the ballpark this Thursday looks pretty sweet. Head out to the game and grab one of those for me.
The White Sox will return home to the South Side of Chicago for a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles starting tomorrow evening. With the season trajectory slowly but steadily headed downward White Sox fans have only a handful of things left to look forward to. Are Orioles games on that list? Meh. Are free shirts? Totally. Check back on the Loop Sports for a more detailed preview of the Orioles series tomorrow.