As Robin Ventura stood outside a silent White Sox clubhouse early Saturday morning roaring could be heard from the visiting clubhouse down the hall.
The Cleveland Indians were thoroughly enjoying the fruits of a four-run, ninth-inning rally off White Sox closer Addison Reed that resulted in a 9-8 victory in Game 2 of Friday’s doubleheader in front of 28,628 at U.S. Cellular Field. The stunning comeback capped a sweep of the longest combined doubleheader in major league history (nine-inning games only). Cleveland produced a 19-10 win in the opener of the twin bill, which lasted 7 hours, 53 minutes.
Nick Swisher broke an 8-all tie with a 409-foot solo home run to right off Reed (3-1) in the nightcap to give the Indians a sweep.
“It seems like when things go bad they go bad -- real bad,” slugger Adam Dunn said.
It seems like a break here and there obviously doesn’t go our way. When things like this happen, you’re devastated about it. But I wouldn’t say it’s not a ‘Here-we-go-again’ type of thing, it’s just seems to happen.”
Unlike the rest of a laborious night, the winning rally materialized in a hurry
Ryan Raburn and pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera opened the ninth inning with singles and Michael Bourn followed with an RBI base hit to cut the White Sox lead to 8-6. Cabrera scored on a wild pitch and Bourn moved to second with the tying run. Bourn advanced to third on Jason Giambi’s fly ball to center field and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Kipnis, who reached base six of seven times in the opener.
Swisher then worked the count full against Reed before he launched a four-seam fastball deep into the night.
The White Sox had rallied from a 5-2 deficit against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco and the bullpen on Friday.
“They did everything they could to get the ball in my hands,” said Reed, who has converted 22 of 26 saves. “I wanted nothing more than to close that game out and get the win tonight. … Ball was over the plate and up in the zone and they made me pay for it.”
The White Sox finally didn’t allow Carrasco to get away with his mistakes in the sixth inning.
After singles by Gordon Beckham and Casper Wells and a walk by Hector Gimenez to load the bases, Alejandro De Aza cut the Indians lead to 5-4 with a two-run double. De Aza went 4-for-7 with a double, four walks, five runs and two stolen bases in the two games.
One out later, Adam Dunn singled in two runs against left-handed reliever Rich Hill to give the White Sox a one-run lead.
Dunn, who also homered, singled and walked in five trips in Game 1, has nine homers and 24 RBIs this month. He has a .287/.422/.632 slash line in 109 plate appearances this month as he has walked 21 times and only struck out 22.
The White Sox added on in the eighth inning as Alexei Ramirez doubled in a run and Jeff Keppinger -- who went 6-for-8 with two walks in the twin bill -- tripled in another to make it 8-5.
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“There were a lot of runs scored,” Ventura said. “I don’t know if you felt like you weren’t safe with the way they were swinging it because we were swinging it too. We just didn’t close it down.”
White Sox starter Jose Quintana barely budged after he allowed four runs in a rough first inning that saw him issue a bases-loaded walk. The left-hander put the first four men he faced on base as Cleveland grabbed a 1-0 lead on a Jason Kipnis single. Carlos Santana’s walk forced in a run and Quintana needed 36 pitches to get through his first inning.
But aside from Mark Reynolds’ solo homer in the sixth, one that increased the Indians’ lead to 5-2, Quintana was strong.
He retired 10 in a row and 13 of 14 to finish the night.
Quintana was in line for his first win since May 21 until Reed blew the save.
The 10 runs scored by the White Sox in the opener was their season-high. Ventura seemed a little taken aback his team would be swept when it produced 18 runs over two games.
“The way it was offensively, you wouldn’t see this, you wouldn’t imagine this,” Ventura said. “You regroup and come back after it tomorrow.”