CLEVELAND — Scott Carroll just wanted to back up his first major league start on Saturday night.
While his second outing doesn’t carry the same weight as his major league debut last Sunday, the White Sox starting pitcher has to feel good about what he has accomplished so far.
Even though he was the pitcher of record in a 2-0 White Sox loss to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, Carroll more than delivered in his second start in the big leagues with six solid innings.
The White Sox defense made two errors leading to a pair of unearned runs charged to Carroll, who allowed five hits and walked one in the losing effort. While he hoped for a White Sox win, Carroll felt like he had his team in the right position.
“I knew it was a validation start for me,” Carroll said. “That’s kind of the way I looked at it. It was something I needed to prove myself again because I don’t know how long I’m going to be up here. But I’m going to continue to show what I’m capable of doing, and hopefully it’ll be a long stint up here for me.”
At this rate Carroll isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
With Chris Sale and Felipe Paulino on the disabled list and Erik Johnson at Triple-A, the White Sox crave stability from their rotation.
What Carroll has delivered in his first two starts more than fits the bill as he has allowed four runs (one earned) and 11 hits with three walks over 13 1/3 innings.
“You see this kid go out there and pitch the way he has, it’s impressive for us,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We didn’t help him at all defensively.”
“He knows how to pitch. It’s more than sometimes guys don’t throw 95, but somehow it seems to jump on them. He’s done great. It has been impressive to see him come in here and take a shot at it and grab a hold of it.
“He’ll get another shot.”