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Cleveland Doesn't Rock Tonight

June 10th vs. the Cleveland Indians

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Hot In Cleveland
I know, it's a TV show. But the Sox were actually hot in Cleveland tonight

Short Take: Behind the pitching of reliever-pressed-into-starter David Holmberg, the Sox beat the Indians 5-3 in a 14-hit attack.

If a hitter's three strikeouts is a hat trick, what should we call three losses in a row? A three-piece suit? A dark trilogy? Pick the one you like, because we don't have to come up with a name for four losses. The White Sox won against the Indians 5-3 in romantic Cleveland.

The last couple weeks have been rough for our favorite rebuilders. They've been 2-8 in their last 10 games, not something you want to brag about. Pitchers have been giving up too many runs. Not a big surprise, since the Sox have been afflicted with a disabled list crowded with pitchers. Tonight's starter was David Holmberg, a reliever pressed into service to face the defending AL champs. Holmberg did solid work in five innings, giving up two runs on three hits. He struck out four and walked one, not bad for a guy who wasn't hired to be the headliner.

The Bridgeport Boys scored early with three runs in the first off Lake Erie starter Josh Tomlin. Not a good night for Tomlin -- he only lasted 2-2/3 innings, after giving up four runs and throwing 54 pitches. He wasn't fooling the Sox hitters, which is not the story we're accustomed to hearing this year.

That first inning was fun to watch. Tim Anderson led off with a single, Melky Cabrera followed with a single of his own, Jose Abreu got yet another single and an RBI. Avi Garcia was hit by a pitch, Todd Frazier reached on a fielder's choice, and Matt Davidson hit his own single worth two RBIs. It was 3-0 at that point with one out, and more runs were there for the taking. But in a botched steal attempt, Frazier was thrown out at third to take the steam out of the inning, though when it was over the Sox were up 3-0.

In the second, Leury Garcia hit a tailing fly to left that was dropped and got him to third base. Cabrera singled him home to make it 4-0. The Sox put up another threat in the third with two singles and a double, but couldn't score.

However, the Wahoos didn't get to the Series last year on their good looks. They came back in the fourth when Edwin Encarcion hit a two-run homer off Holmberg. In the bottom of the sixth, Carlos Santana went deep to tighten the score to 4-3. I was nervous until I heard that the Sox were 19-0 this year when they've had the lead after six innings. That's cool. Now it's 20-0.

David Robertson pitched the eighth and the ninth, which is unusual, but worked out tonight. Rick Renteria apparently knows something I don't.

It's nice to write about a win, though I keep chanting "this is a rebuilding year" like a mantra to brace myself against the frustration of watching botched steals, dropped throws, and popped-up bunts. But every day with a win is the beginning of a new streak. What should we call this one? I think I'll call a one-win streak a singularity.

A good movie should pull you in early and keep your interest, with heroes, villians, setbacks, and triumphs. This game checked all the boxes.

submitted by tebman.

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Part of the 14-hit parade with a big 2-RBI single. The Sox took the lead and never looked back.

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