Robin Ventura needed all of 10 seconds to appropriately sum up Thursday night’s loss.
After he spent nearly four hours watching the White Sox lose to the Cleveland Indians 14-3 at U.S. Cellular Field, Ventura issued a brief summation of a contest in which the opposition had 16 hits, including three home runs and his club committed three more errors.
Nick Swisher and Ryan Raburn homered off John Danks in a four-run first inning and Cleveland steamrolled its way to its ninth straight victory and 12th in 14 against the White Sox.
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“Not good,” Ventura said. “Yeah. Today all the way around wasn’t good and it wasn’t a good game to sit through, watch, anything.”
Danks (4-13) was a little more descriptive than his manager but was equally upset with the performance.
Swisher homered only two batters into the game and a walk and a single later, Danks trailed 4-0 after Raburn reached the seats with his 16th homer.
Raburn went 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs and Swisher had three more for the Indians, who knocked Danks out after four innings.
Danks allowed seven runs (six earned) and nine hits with three walks over four innings as the White Sox lost for the 11th time in 13 games. Cleveland has outscored the White Sox 88-48 this season.
“Just sucked,” Danks said. “I just couldn’t do what I wanted to do. Nothing worked. Threw the ball where I wasn’t supposed to throw it and got my *** kicked. (Shoot) it’s embarrassing. This is supposed to be the majors leagues and I went out there and pitched like a guy that didn’t belong tonight. Get it turned around and try to make the most out of my last few starts but there’s nothing good to take out of tonight. It was (crappy) from the get-go.”
Raburn has four homers and 16 RBIs in 10 games against the White Sox this season. Those numbers fall in line with his career totals against the White Sox as he has 17 homers and 66 RBIs for his career. Raburn doesn’t have more than 23 RBIs against any other team in the majors.
Already ahead 7-2 after four, the Indians had the first nine batters reach base to start the fifth, including all seven faced by reliever Charlie Leesman. In the fifth, Asdrubal Cabrera homered, Michael Bourn singled in a run, Swisher singled in two, Carlos Santana singled in another and Raburn drove in two more with a single to increase the lead to 12.
Leesman allowed seven earned runs and three hits with four walks without recording an out.
Paul Konerko got the White Sox on the board with a solo home run in the second inning. Alejandro De Aza singled in a run in the third after Marcus Semien opened with a ground-rule double.
The White Sox have made 112 this season, 42 more than they had in 2012. They have made 21 over their last 13 games.
Dylan Axelrod pitched five scoreless innings in relief for the White Sox.