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Two-hit wonders

April 7 vs. Cleveland

Matt Thornton
Tony Pena

Thornton provided the Sox with another lights-out eighth inning of relief. Pena, meanwhile, always allows inherited runners to score.

Short Take: Cue up the excuses about cold weather: The Sox bats go silent in a 5-3 loss to Fausto Carmona and the Indians.

The rest of the American League may have Fausto Carmona figured out, but the White Sox sure can't hit him.

The Cleveland right-hander, who went 5-12 with a 6.32 ERA last season, has now won his last four starts against the South Siders dating back to 2008. Carmona (1-0) limited the Sox to just one hit over six innings Wednesday night as the Indians walked away with a 5-3 victory at chilly U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox offense managed a grand total of two hits for the game, a two-run homer by Paul Konerko in the third inning and an infield single by A.J. Pierzynski in the seventh.

Believe it or not, the Sox actually got off to a good start in this game. Juan Pierre walked to lead off the first inning, stole two bases and scored the game's opening run on a sacrifice fly by Konerko. The Sox increased their lead to 3-0 when Carlos Quentin walked and scored when Konerko launched his bomb into the bullpen in left field.

From there, the wheels came off.

Sox starter Jake Peavy struggled all night. He threw 106 pitches in five innings and allowed 11 men to reach base. The Indians tied the game with a three-run outburst in the fourth, capped by a two-out, two-run single by Grady Sizemore.

The game remained tied until the seventh inning, when Randy Williams (0-1) allowed a leadoff single to Shin-Soo Choo. Two outs later, erstwhile gas can Tony Pena served up an RBI double to Matt LaPorta. Choo scored to give the Indians a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish. Cleveland tacked on an insurance run in the ninth against Sox closer Bobby Jenks, who walked two men to load the bases with no outs. Jenks was fortunate to escape with only one run allowed.

From the fourth inning on, the Sox never mustered a legitimate offensive threat. Cleveland pitchers issued seven walks, but got away with most of them as Sox hitters grounded into two double plays.

This season-opening series is now tied at one game each. The rubber match will be played Thursday at 7:10 p.m. Gavin Floyd makes his 2010 debut for the Sox. He will be opposed by right-hander Justin Masterson. The game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet Plus.

TBGR Diary:
I cannot stand seeing Tony Pena in the game in clutch situations. He has never proven to me that he can get key outs in his time with the Sox. I'm still not sure what KW saw in this guy. Coop can't fix everybody.

submitted by JB98.

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