White Sox shake off scary moment, beat Indians 4-1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Sometimes compassion overtakes competition.
When Chicago manager Robin Ventura saw Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco down and not moving after being struck in the face by a line drive in the first inning on Tuesday night, the fact that the White Sox had the game’s first two runners on base became hollow.
This was frightening.
“You like to have a rally, but you don’t like to see that happen,” Ventura said. “That’s beyond the baseball stuff. You just want to make sure that kid’s all right. Anytime a guy gets his like that, it’s always scary.”
Carrasco sustained only a bruised jaw when he was smashed by Melky Cabrera’s line drive, and the White Sox got six strong innings from Jose Quintana to win their third straight, 4-1 over the Indians.
Carrasco was carted off the field after Cabrera — the second hitter — rocketed a shot up the middle that slammed the right side of the right-hander’s face. Carrasco (1-1) was lucky to get a piece of his glove on the ball before it smashed him.
X-rays at Lutheran Hospital were negative, and Carrasco was back at Progressive Field by the end of the game. Indians manager Terry Francona said the 28-year-old was “very fortunate.”
The White Sox scored two runs in the first after Carrasco was injured and won their third straight. Chicago is just 10-24 against Cleveland since 2013.
Quintana (1-0) shook off a rough first few innings and allowed three hits and struck out six. He improved to 4-0 in 10 starts against the Indians, whose left-handed heavy lineup is struggling against left-handers.
David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.
Jose Abreu hit his second homer in the fifth for a 4-1 lead, giving Quintana more cushion than he would need.
“Q was erratic,” Ventura said. “He’s a strong kid. He battles and at least gets you to the point where you can get the bullpen in there. He bobbed and weaved as well as he could. You get some runs (and) add on. Once they got the one run, Jose hits the home run and gets us back to three, that was a pretty big run for us.”
Cleveland managed just three hits and dropped its fourth straight.
Carrasco, making his second start, was flattened by Cabrera’s shot and laid on the ground in front of the mound with his legs spread wide as manager Terry Francona and a trainer raced out to check on him.
With his concerned teammates gathered around him, Carrasco stayed face down for several minutes. Cabrera, holding his batting helmet, came out to the side of the mound to check on Carrasco as well, and White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton dropped to one knee at second base in prayer.
Following the game, Cabrera said he was initially shaken at seeing Carrasco go down.
“It was a very tough moment,” Cabrera said. “It was real scary because it hit his face, but it’s baseball. You can’t control it once you hit the ball. I heard a few minutes ago that he’s OK,” Cabrera said. “That’s a relief. I feel better with that news. I was very concerned about him.”
Despite the win, the White Sox are just 10-24 against the Indians since June 28, 2013, including a 3-13 record in Cleveland.
BACK TO THE BENCH
2B Emilio Bonifacio, who had one at-bat in the first six games, started for the first time this season and was hitless in three at-bats. OF J.B. Shuck could get his first start Wednesday.
White Sox: RHP Jake Petricka (sore forearm) threw a simulated game in Arizona on Monday. Manager Robin Ventura doesn’t have an exact timetable for Petricka’s return, but the reliever could rejoin the team this weekend.
Indians: Brantley took part in pregame batting practice and Francona said the team’s best position player is “trending in the right direction.” Brantley will likely sit out Wednesday’s game as the Indians are off Thursday and want to give him as much rest as possible. Brantley has been bothered by a stiff back since reporting to training camp in Arizona.
White Sox: LHP John Danks, who lost his season debut first start against Kansas City, has struggled against the Indians. Danks is just 5-11 with a 5.10 ERA in 22 career starts against Cleveland. Ryan Raburn is batting .333 (14 for 42) with three homers and 11 RBIs against Danks.
Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer tries to build off a dazzling season debut at Houston, when he struck out 11 and did not allow a hit in six innings. Bauer is looking to win consecutive starts for the first time in his career.