All you need to know about Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader is Casper Wells pitched for the White Sox and it wasn’t extra innings.
The White Sox led by five after one inning, produced a season high in runs and yet didn’t even come close as the Cleveland Indians scored 14 straight times en route to a 19-10 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
Ryan Raburn’s four RBIs led seven Indians hitters who finished with at least two runs driven in each. But the low point may have belonged to White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo, who White Sox manager Robin Ventura removed after he was thrown out on the bases to end the eighth inning.
“I think it bothers everybody,” Ventura said of the play, in which Viciedo didn’t hustle from second on a base hit and was thrown out at the plate by 15 feet after he missed a stop sign. “Again, you take care of it and make sure they know it and you don't want to see it again.”
As much as Ventura doesn’t want to see the mistakes, he’d probably like to not relieve the Game 1 performance of Jason Kipnis, either.
Kipnis’ two-run double in the second inning was part of a five-run, game-tying outburst by the Indians off Hector Santiago.
The Indians second baseman reached base in six of seven plate appearances, scored four runs and had three doubles and three walks. Every Cleveland batter had a hit and eight of nine starters finished with at least two as part of a 21-hit attack.
Santiago surrendered a 5-0 lead on six hits in the second inning and was pulled after he allowed three of the first four men to reach in the third.
“You want to go out and just keep throwing zeroes,” said Santiago, who allowed five earned runs and seven hits with three walks and a hit batter in 2 1/3 innings. “I think just trying to pound the zone like that. Just pound the zone and it’s just one of those things where I felt like I threw enough strikes and I didn’t walk anyone and I gave up five runs. They fell in everywhere and got through the holes.”
The Indians added six runs in the fourth inning against reliever Brian Omogrosso to grab an 11-5 lead and scored three more in the fifth inning. Omogrosso allowed nine earned runs and nine hits over 2 1/3 innings. Omogrosso allowed the most runs by a White Sox reliever since Scott Eyre gave up nine against Boston on June 26, 1999.
Sox reliever Ramon Troncoso also allowed five runs (three earned) in a game that lasted 4 hours, 2 minutes.
Ventura said he kept his pitchers on the mound longer than normal to preserve his bullpen for Game 2.
“We just didn't pitch well,” Ventura said. “They swung the bats and we didn't pitch very well. We didn’t have a good day on the mound and they took advantage of it. … You just scratch your head. You don't see that coming as far as Hector going out there and not getting through four. It's unusual. It's just one of those where they club you around.”
A former pitcher in college, Wells was the only White Sox pitcher to retire Kipnis, when he got him to fly out to the warning track in left in the ninth.
The White Sox jumped ahead 5-0 in the first when Alex Rios -- the only starter on either team to finish without a hit -- had a sacrifice fly.
Adam Dunn blasted a two-run homer, his 21st. Jeff Keppinger, who went 3-for-4, also had a solo homer and Gordon Beckham, who also had three hits, doubled in a run.
It was the third time this season the White Sox have scored at least five runs in an inning. The White Sox pitching staff has responded poorly in all three instances, allowing 12 runs, including five twice.