I apologize for the misleading title. Brent Lillibridge had nothing to do with the outcome of today’s game. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. The Pale Hose faithful even gave the man a small applause. For what, I don’t know. The two men who DID help with the Indians 4-3 victory today were Russ Canzler and Gordon Beckham.
Russ Canzler started the game off 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a double that could have scored almost any other Indian in the lineup besides Carlos Santana.
After Francisco Liriano was able to secure the first out of the inning, Gordon Beckham found himself as the scapegoat for the contest. With the bases loaded, Thomas Neal grounded into a routine double play. Beckham’s throw to Alexei Ramirez was not routine. Ramirez had to snag the ball from his right foot and Neal was able to beat out the throw to first base. Santana would score on the play. Liriano would then give up two more hits that led to two more runs and wouldn’t make it out of the fourth inning. He threw 74 pitches in the outing with 46 called for strikes.
All three of the White Sox runs came off of the home run. Three solo home runs from AJ Pierzynski, Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko. Indians closer Chris Perez would make things interesting in the bottom of the ninth after the Konerko home run and walks to Dan Johnson and Ramirez with two outs. Instead of choking defensively, Beckham would hit a weak grounder to Asdrubal Cabrera on the first pitch to end the game.
Hector Santiago will start tomorrow’s series finale. Jake Peavy will start on Thursday in the opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. Throwing the lefty appears to be a solid move by manager Robin Ventura as the Indians are only 15-35 against southpaws on the year.
Notes: Alejandro De Aza grounded into his first double play of the year. Only three Clevaland players reached base more than twice: Shin Sho Choo, Russ Canzler and Carlos Santana. White Sox were 0-3 with RISP with 6 LOB. In five and one third innings of work, the White Sox bullpen allowed only three base runners and struck out six.
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