This loss was not on Chicago White Sox starter Scott Carroll, because he pitched well. The White Sox for the second consecutive night just were outplayed by the Cleveland Indians, losing by a score of 2-0, Saturday.
The Indians scored their two runs in the second and fifth innings, with both teams being equal in hits (5) and errors (2).
Against the White Sox were terrible with runners in scoring position, a stat that haunts them pretty much every loss, as they were 0-for-7, stranding six. But the Indians didn’t do any better, as they were 0-for-6 with RISP, leaving five on the bases.
Again, this loss wasn’t on Carroll. He was solid in his second MLB start. The 29-year-old rookie went six innings, allowing two runs (none earned) on five hits and one walk for the loss.
The winning pitcher was Justin Masterson, as this was his first win of 2014. The Indians’ ace went 7.1 innings, allowing no runs on four hits and one walk with six strikeouts.
Carroll had no strikeouts, as his season ERA is 0.68. Masterson’s ERA is now at 4.01.
I will give props to the bullpen as Scott Downs and Jake Petricka combined for two innings of no-hit, no-walk scoreless baseball. Petricka has an ERA of 2.04 this season, one of the best of this bullpen.
Petricka has been solid for most of his outings and could be a rising star of this group of relievers.
The two runs allowed by the White Sox came on errors by Marcus Semien at third in the second inning, and following an errant throw by Tyler Flowers that put the runner in scoring position in the fifth.
Now we just wait and hope the White Sox can avoid a sweep on Sunday.
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