5/27 Recap: Sox Sale Through the Storm

Roster Update: The injuries to Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana that have kept them out of late were apparently more serious than originally though as Santana has been placed on the seven day concussion DL and Swisher on the 15 day DL. For more on their injuries, read here. In their stead, George Kottaras and Jesus Aguilar have been recalled from AAA with Blake Wood being designated for assignment to make room for Kottaras on the 40 man roster.

Player of the Game
Outside of Mark Lowe, the Indians bullpen was solid and surprisingly, John Axford was the best of the bunch. The deposed closer finished the fifth inning after Josh Outman retired the first two batters, stranding a Chicago runner. He pitched a perfect sixth as well, striking out two on the night. Many other players had decent games, including starter Justin Masterson, who allowed just one run over three innings.

Feathers Up
It was great for the Tribe and terrible for the White Sox that Chris Sale was only able to pitch three innings tonight due to delays. Sale is not only the best pitcher on the Sox, but possibly the best in the American League and because he threw three innings, he most likely won’t be available again until his next scheduled start.

Lonnie Chisenhall has been hitting better against lefties as of late and he continued that success today against Scott Downs. Although he didn’t start the game, he pinch hit for Jesus Aguilar after Sale was removed from the game. In his second at bat, he hit a line single, followed by another left handed single against the left handed specialist, this time off the bat of David Murphy. On the ground ball up the middle, Chisenhall was able to get to third, which was important as he would go on to score the Tribe’s first run of the night on a Mike Aviles fielder’s choice.

Feathers Down
Tonight’s game was delayed at the start for 35 minutes, but even as the game began, the torrential rains continued to downpour, making play difficult. The game was finally delayed again at the end of the third after Mike Aviles missed two plays due to the adverse conditions. There was standing water around third base and in the outfield and there was little he could have done on these plays. After almost two hours more of delays, the game finally restarted at 10:47 PM.

Mark Lowe has managed to get himself into almost every game since his call-up (four of six possible) and things haven’t worked out all that well. He was the first pitcher the Indians went to after the rain delay and threw one solid inning, allowing just one base runner in the fourth. In the fifth, however, he gave up a solo home run to the only batter he faced, Gordon Beckham. It was his first earned run of the season, but his fifth run overall, three of which came after his own error in his second appearance. Because of this short outing, the Indians needed to use four pitchers by the end of the fifth inning.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 – Chicago White Sox 2

On Deck: The Indians will try to salvage a win against the Sox in the finale, Wednesday night at 8:10 PM Eastern.

Joseph Coblitz

About Joseph Coblitz

Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since its inception in 2011. He also writes for The Outside Corner and the Comeback and hosts the Tribe Time Now podcast. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians. Follow on twitter @BurningRiverBB