Sale can't stop Sox from getting swept

Sale can't stop Sox from getting swept

August 1, 2013, 1:30 pm
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White Sox vs. Tigers, 6 p.m.
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On the hill: Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.33 ERA); Doug Fister (9-5, 3.37 ERA)

Santiago vs. Tigers (Career): 0-1, 4.50 ERA, 6 K's, 5 Walks, 6 IP

Fister at home: 6-3, 3.24 ERA, 48 K's, 10 Walks, 66.2 IP

Tigers at at a glance: 61-45 (1st in American League Central, two games ahead of Cleveland) 

Both teams streaking for different reasons The White Sox enter this series after being swept by the Indians and dropping 10 of their last 11 matchups. The Tigers, on the other hand, have won nine of their last 10 matchups and will look to continue that success as they host the South Siders in this three-game series.

Tigers pitching leaders: Wins - Max Scherzer (15); ERA - Anibal Sanchez (2.59); Strikeouts - Scherzer (164); Saves - Joaquin Benoit (10)

Braves batting leaders: Average - Miguel Cabrera (.359); Home runs - Cabrera (32); RBIs - Cabrera (99); On-base percentage - Cabrera (.454)

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 CLEVELAND -- The White Sox are feeling the effects of a Jake Peavy hangover.

Bad matchups combined with a week full of difficult personnel decisions and late losses spilled over into Thursday’s series finale.

Four painful days in Cleveland ended in forgettable fashion, as Chris Sale couldn’t solve the Cleveland Indians, who completed a four-game sweep of the White Sox with a 6-1 victory at Progressive Field.

The White Sox -- who lost twice this week on walkoff homers and saw Peavy and Jesse Crain traded -- are now 26 games below .500 for the first time since September 1980 after they lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

Thursday’s loss also means the White Sox have been swept in two four-game series in the same season by the Indians for the first time in franchise history.

“These guys are like brothers to myself and everyone in here and seeing some guys you’ve seen around here for a while and some leaders step out of here is tough, but I’m not here to make excuses,” Sale said. “We still have a job to do, still have got to go out and win games and it’s a tough break.”

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Sale has had a difficulty with the Indians this season; they’re the only team that has really had his number.

Cleveland increased a one-run lead to 3-0 in the third inning when Ryan Raburn -- who does most of his damage against the White Sox -- blasted a two-run home run to right.

Raburn somehow managed to keep straight a 0-1 pitch from Sale as it stayed just inside the foul pole for an opposite-field homer.

Raburn -- whose 61 RBIs against the White Sox are 38 more than he has against any other team -- singled in a run in the fifth and homered off Dylan Axelrod in the sixth to finish with four RBIs.

Sale allowed 10 hits and for the season has yielded 16 earned runs in 17 1/3 innings against Cleveland.

He admitted he wasn’t very sharp and “got his (butt) kicked.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura understands his team might be exhausted from an emotional rollercoaster of a week but isn’t willing to let that excuse fly.

“That stuff you have to put behind you and play,” Ventura said. “It doesn’t matter where you’re at or what you’re doing, you got to be professional when you come in here and be ready to play and get after it. It’s that simple.”

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The support was more than Justin Masterson (13-7) needed as he dominated the White Sox for the fourth time this season.

The right-hander’s only mistake was a sixth-inning solo home run he gave up to Alejandro De Aza, his 13th. Masterson labored because of three walks, but pitched out of several jams. He allowed one earned run and five hits with seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

The Indians’ All-Star improved to 4-0 with a 0.85 ERA against the White Sox this season.

“It’s annoying, frustrating, whatever you want to call it,” said second baseman Gordon Beckham, who reached base in two of three trips to the plate. “Yeah and then some great players get taken away from you in the last week, but if you don’t play well that’s what happens. … We’ve struggled and we’re beating a dead horse with that. But you wish those guys really well in the trade and wherever they go. You want them to do well and you hope that they help that team out. Yeah, it is what it is, but it’s not a lot of fun.”