Covering the Bases: Game 29

Final:

White Sox 5, Indians 3 (10 innings)

FIRST: You just knew we’d have a Chris Perez vs. Alex Rios rematch eventually. On Thursday in Chicago, Rios took exception to Perez’s celebration after saving a 7-5 win over the White Sox. The two exchanged words on the field and Rios complained in postgame comments to the media about Perez’s antics.

Well, Rios got his revenge. In the 10th inning on Tuesday night, Rios sliced a fastball from Perez into the right-center field gap for an RBI triple. That broke open a 3-3 tie and helped ignite a two-run inning for Chicago. Perez picked up his first loss since Sept. 10 last season… when Rios hit a walk-off grand slam off the closer.

Lifetime, Rios has hit .300 (3-for-10) with one home run, two triples, five RBIs and one shouting match against Perez. Save all the complaints about using Perez in a non-save situation. That argument is tired (That means you, Camino). Perez was perfect in such scenarios going into Tuesday and he had a 0.75 ERA over his previous 13 appearances.

SECOND: Justin Masterson wasn’t at his sharpest on Tuesday night. You don’t need to look any further than the five walks issued for evidence. That said, the White Sox only managed two runs on six hits in six innings against the sinkerballer. Masterson didn’t have his best stuff, but he battled his way to a quality start and kept the Tribe within striking distance. The offense did rally to tie the ballgame, allowing Masterson to escape with a no-decision.

THIRD: The three-run rally in the eighth inning was fine and all, but there was also the matter of the seven scoreless innings that came before it. Cleveland managed only three hits in the first seven frames and the club ended the day 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. It was an overall poor day for the offense, which leads us to our final item of the evening.

HOME: As much as possible, you will continue to see teams throwing lefties at the Indians throughout the season. With such a lefty-heavy lineup, you can bet teams like the White Sox will play the percentages over and over and over. Tuesday’s game included lefty John Danks, lefty Chris Sale and lefty Hector Santiago. That led to an 8-for-34 showing. On the season, the Tribe is now 4-7 against left-handed starters and has a .223 team average vs. lefty pitching.

On deck:

White Sox (14-17) at Indians (17-12)
at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Progressive Field

–JB

8 Comments

I’ll preface with this: I think Manny Acta is doing a good job overall, and I think he’s great for this team in particular.

Having said that, why in the world does he feel it’s wise to use Perez in non-save situations? We saw it with Borowski. We saw it with Wood. We’ve seen it with Perez.

Pestano was rested up and available. I just don’t get it.

My only guess is that Acta wanted to give Perez a shot at Rios, purely for ego satisfaction purposes. I hope that’s not what influenced his decision, especially considering the outcome.

Go Tribe. Let’s take three of four tonight.

couldn’t agree more with ur assessment. Egos running rampant. But some fights you win and some you lose. But you live to fight another day. (“Friday” was a great movie).

Bastian – ur a hack. Where do U get ur facts from? Shapiro?? I sat in Progressive Field last year against the Blue Jays, when Acta brought C-Perez in to pitch the 10th inning of a tie game. Perez promptly gave up a no-doubt-about-it bomb to Bautista and we lost the game. So don’t sit there & say that “Perez was perfect in such scenarios going into Tuesday and he had a 0.75 ERA over his previous 13 appearances.” Because over his career, that’s not even close to accurate! More like an outright lie in my opinion.

Wow Rich, the pictures came out great! Your qultaiy and professionalism of your photography clearly shows. It was great to see you and your parents and it’s nice to know after all these years we’re still family.In detail, the surprise shot (2nd from top) truly captures the entire event. Good thing I took a step back or It’d be me popping in through those doors first! Thanks for the memories!!

Let’s look at the records now, Cleveland on top, & the Whitesox, How many games back are they?, So stay back Jack, or go drown your sorrows with Jack Daniels.
just saying.
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BMAC, check his career numbers:

Save situations:

2.97 ERA, 1.248 WHIP, 8.3 K/9, 2.04 BB/9, .271 BaBIP, .220 AVG, .643 OPS

Non-save situations:

3.36 ERA, 1.143 WHIP, 8.6 K/9, 2.03 BB/9, .224 BaBIP, .191 AVG, ..652 OPS

That looks very close to me. Thanks for playing.

–JB

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