Key error hurts Indians again in loss to White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — As the errors keep piling up for the Indians, so do the injuries.
A two-out error by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall led to Dayan Viciedo’s three-run homer, and Conor Gillaspie had four more hits to help the Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland 6-2 on Monday.
Chisenhall committed a costly miscue in the third inning that allowed Marcus Semien to reach base. Gillaspie singled and Viciedo drove a 1-2 pitch to left field, giving the White Sox a 3-1 lead.
The Indians lead the majors with 53 errors. Washington is next with 44.
“I know you guys are having fun at our expense. I hear about it, but we just keep on working on it,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Lonnie is the hardest worker. When you make an error, you can’t go back and take it away. We have guys that have the ability to be good fielders, so we keep working.”
Chisenhall has made three errors in the last three games.
First baseman Nick Swisher left the game after injuring his left leg while running out a grounder in the sixth, and Carlos Santana was scratched because of illness. Santana had a foul ball go off his catcher’s mask Sunday, so the Indians were taking extra precautions in case the illness was caused by a concussion.
Swisher returned to the lineup Sunday after missing two games with a sore knee.
Mike Aviles, Michael Brantley and Ryan Raburn had two hits apiece for the Indians, who have dropped three of four. Brantley and Raburn each drove in a run.
Josh Tomlin (3-2) allowed two earned runs and five hits in five-plus innings. He struck out eight and walked one.
“He had a high pitch count,” Francona said. “He kept the ball down and we get a two-out error and he got two strikes on the next two hitters and he left breaking balls up, one for the line drive to right and one for the home run, which was a huge turn in the game. But he battles as always. He left a couple of breaking balls up that hurt us.”
Gillaspie went 4 for 4, scored twice and drove in a run. He became the first White Sox player to hit three doubles in a game since Paul Konerko on May 26, 2012, against the Indians.
Chicago improved to 5-3 this year against Cleveland.
In the sixth, it appeared the Indians were in for a big inning. Brantley scored from second on Raburn’s single, but Raburn was thrown out at second trying to stretch it to a double. Francona challenged the play, arguing Raburn was not tagged, but the call was upheld.
At first, Raburn didn’t think he was tagged.
“During the play, no. I mean, adrenaline’s pumpin’, I’m sliding. I even told the umpire when I got called out, ‘I don’t think he touched me.’ But that’s what they’ve got replay for,” Raburn said.
The White Sox added two more runs in the sixth on consecutive RBI singles by Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza against Bryan Shaw. Gillaspie’s third double in the seventh scored Semien from first base, making it 6-2.
Jose Quintana (3-4) pitched six effective innings for the White Sox, allowing two runs and five hits. Scott Downs got four outs for his first save.
Quintana got some help from his defense in the sixth. Raburn singled in Brantley with one out, but was thrown out by right fielder Moises Sierra trying to stretch it to a double.
Viciedo homered for the fifth time this season.
“When you watch his at-bats, he’s just swinging better. He’s not swinging at things out of the zone. The home runs will come. He has that kind of power. He just needs to stay with it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
NOTES: Francona declined comment on the Cubs hiring Manny Ramirez as a minor league player-coach. “I’ve got my hands full being the manager of this team,” said Francona, who was in Boston with Ramirez and Cubs executive Theo Epstein. “I did exchange a couple of texts with Theo yesterday in fun.” ... 2B Jason Kipnis (right oblique strain) will rejoin the Indians on Tuesday following a rehab assignment. ... RHP Justin Masterson (2-3) faces White Sox ace Chris Sale (4-0) in the second game of the series.