The Chicago White Sox have yet to face a team outside of the American League Central. They have been grinding their way to a 5-7 record and were looking just a little bit better than the 4-8 record that the Cleveland Indians had put up. But that was because the White Sox had won the opening game of the series by a final of 4-3 on Monday, and the Indians were looking to avenge that loss.
They did so by starting the young right hander Carlos Carrasco on the mound. Carrasco would give up the first run of the game though, as Jose Abreu put the White Sox on the board by launching a Home Run (4) to centerfield. But that lead would not last terribly long.
Hector Noesi would give up a Home Run to Carlos Santana (3) to tie the game up at 1 game a piece to start the top of the 2nd. Things would remain quiet from then on until the fifth inning started with David Murphy hit a solo Home Run of his own for his first of the season. Noesi did hit the 99 pitch mark midway through the sixth inning when the hot White Sox prospect, Carlos Rodon would get on the mound for his MLB debut.
Rodon was a bit shaky, inheriting runners at first and second with two outs before giving up a walk to Brandon Moss and then Ryan Raburn would single with the bases juiced to give himself 2 RBI's and extend the Indians lead to 4-1. Rodon's first recorded out was when Lonnie Chisenhall would ground out to end the inning. Rodon was charged with giving up two runs of his won in the 7th inning when he led off the inning with back to back walks to Roberto Perez and Jose Ramirez. Michael Bourn sacrificed to advance both runners before Jason Kipnis would bring Perez home with a sacrifice fly and Michael Brantley would single to score Ramirez in order to extend the lead to 6-1 for the Tribe. It took some time but Rodon was able to record his first MLB strikeout on Chisenhall in the top of the 8th inning.
The White Sox added a late run in the game when they got back-to-back-to-back singles from Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, and Jose Abreu to bring Eaton home as Abreu doubled up with a second RBI in the contest.
Carlos Carrasco did receive the win to bring his record to 2-1 as a starter this year. Hector Noesi received the loss to fall to 0-2. Cody Allen finished the game by striking out Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers but with no one on base he does not get any credit for a save.
These two teams will meet up in a matinee again on Wednesday when Jeff Samardzija (0-1) and Corey Kluber (0-1) will both be looking for their first win of the year and both teams will be looking to take a second game and win the series.