Rapid Reaction: Indians 9, White Sox 8
June, 29, 2013
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox couldn't hold the lead in the second game of Friday's doubleheader and fell 9-8 to the Cleveland Indians.
How it happened: Addison Reed gave up four runs in the ninth inning to blow Game 2 after the White Sox were crushed 19-10 in the opener. Reed was three outs from helping Chicago to a split, before he melted down during his fourth blown save of the season, giving up the go-ahead score on a towering home run by Nick Swisher. The White Sox had rallied to take the lead in the sixth inning on a pair of RBIs from Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn, before scoring two more times in the eighth inning.
What it means: The White Sox's bullpen had shown major improvement in June but will close out the month with a thud. Not only did Reed give up four runs during his blown save, Brian Omogrosso gave up nine runs in the doubleheader opener, and Ramon Troncoso gave up five runs (four earned). The White Sox entered the day with a 2.36 ERA and a .229 opponents' batting average after a 4.83 ERA and a .262 average in May and 3.66/.235 marks in April.
Outside the box: Jeff Keppinger had led the charge for a makeshift lineup in Game 2 before Reed let it get away. Not only was Keppinger playing at first base and batting in the cleanup spot for the second game, Casper Wells and Jordan Danks got starts in the outfield. Keppinger had three hits in the finale and went 6-for-8 on the day and is now hitting .356 (32-for-90) over his past 24 games. It was Keppinger's first time in the cleanup spot this season. Dunn has batted there 51 times, Paul Konerko 20, Dayan Viciedo twice and Conor Gillaspie and Alex Rios once each.
Off beat: The White Sox and Indians have plenty of doubleheader history. The last time the White Sox played in a doubleheader before Friday it was at Cleveland last season when they were swept. The last time the White Sox faced the Indians in a doubleheader at home before Friday was in 1980 when they split. The teams also played a doubleheader at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium in 1980, which was the last time the White Sox swept the Indians in a twinbill.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57 ERA) to the mound Saturday in the third game of the four-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.58) in the 3:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.