Game 161: White Sox 6, Indians 2 (6 Innings)


This was an ugly affair, with both the weather and the gameplay dreary.

The White Sox scored two runs early without a hit. In the first, after Juan Pierre led off the game with walk, Asdrubal Cabrera muffed a slowly-hit grounder to short. Cabrera was looking to force Pierre at second, but didn't field the ball, so everyone was safe. After Paul Konerko hit a fly ball to right field, Pierre advanced to third. Then LGFT Omar Vizquel took off for second base; the pitch was strike three, and Chris Gimenez threw to second, hoping to get the double play and end the inning. But he didn't look Pierre back to third, and the speedster broke for home and since Vizquel was safe at second, the run counted. In the second, Carrasco let another unconventional run home when he uncorked a wild pitch with a runner on third.

The Indians tied the game in the third with three singles and a Mark Buerhle balk. With Michael Brantley on third, Buerhle started his delivery, then stopped. This was the left-hander's third balk of the season in a game with the Indians; however, unlike the previous two, this one was obvious and not controversial.

Then the rain started, and would continue until the tarp was finally brought out after the bottom of the sixth. By this time, puddles were all over the infield, and although there was a good chance of resuming play due to the forecast, but with the field in such bad shape, the game was called.

Carlos Carrasco struck out 9 Chicago hitters in his last 2010 appearance, but gave up six runs on five hits and three walks. Even though he's more than ready to be a mainstay in the Tribe rotation, tonight's outing, as well as his past couple of starts, showed that he's not a finished product. But with 38 strikeouts in 44.2 major-league innings, he's holding his own despite his rawness. I think we've only seen glimpses of how good he can be.

 

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via www.fangraphs.com

 

Highest WPA

Lowest WPA

Michael Brantley
.149
Carlos Carrasco
-.333
Asdrubal Cabrera
.113
Shelley Duncan
-.130
Carlos Gimenez
.012
Matt LaPorta
-.094
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