CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox's only mistake in two
days at Jacobs Field was made by their rookie manager.
For a moment, it didn't look like Ozzie Guillen knew his right
Freddy Garcia pitched seven shutout innings and the White Sox
overcame Guillen's confusing trip to the mound as Chicago blanked
Cleveland for the second straight night Thursday, beating the
Garcia (8-8) improved to 4-1 since joining the White Sox, who
acquired the right-hander for the playoff drive in a trade last
month with Seattle.
Twenty-four hours after Mark Buehrle faced the minimum 27
batters in a two-hitter, Garcia nearly matched his new teammate,
shutting down one of baseball's best-hitting lineups over the past
"I didn't think we'd shut down that team," Guillen said.
"That team can hit."
Garcia allowed five hits in seven-plus innings, leaving after he
walked Omar Vizquel to open the eighth. That's when Guillen nearly
muddled things up.
He came out to bring in lefty Damaso Marte to face left-hander
Travis Hafner. But first base umpire Joe West thought Guillen was
signaling with his right hand, and West walked to the bullpen to
escort right-hander Cliff Politte to the mound instead.
"I screwed it up," admitted Guillen, who only briefly argued
his point with West. "I used my right hand. So I told him, 'Bring
me what you want."
Politte got Hafner to pop out before Victor Martinez's single
sent Vizquel to third. However, Casey Blake bounced into an
inning-ending double play to finish one of the Indians' best
scoring chances in two games.
"The umpire helped me," said Guillen, who fortunately could
laugh about it afterward. "He brought the right guy. Next time,
I'm going to go out with both hands and see who he brings in."
Shingo Takatsu worked the ninth for his seventh save in seven
attempts as the White Sox stayed one-half game behind first-place
Minnesota in the AL Central.
Garcia walked three and struck out nine, matching a club season
With a runner at second and two outs in the seventh, Garcia
fanned Matt Lawton, who was immediately ejected by third-base
umpire Mike DiMuro.
Cleveland was shut out in consecutive games for the first time
since April 27-28, 1993, at Seattle. The Indians had not been shut
out at home in two straight games since 1991.
"We came in here and did what we're supposed to do," Everett
said. "If that made a statement -- fine."
Sabathia allowed seven hits in seven innings, but didn't get any
run support from the Indians, who came into the two-game series
against Chicago as baseball's hottest hitting team.
During a six-game road trip to Seattle and Anaheim, Cleveland
hit 21 homers and scored 52 runs while batting .329. But against
the White Sox, the Indians managed just eight hits and didn't
"My team needed me to go out and throw a shutout," Sabathia
said. "I feel like I didn't do a good enough job against Freddy.
He was dealing. Everybody knew how important these games were and
we probably pressed a little. But we faced two great pitchers,
Despite sweeping the mini-series, the White Sox left Cleveland
with some concerns.
Before the game, they sent outfielder Magglio Ordonez back to
Chicago for medical tests on his left knee, which is still sore
nearly two months after the White Sox star had surgery.
On Friday, Ordonez will be examined by team physicians to
determine why his knee is hurting. He missed 36 games after
undergoing surgery on June 5 and had only returned last week.
"I hope it's nothing real bad, but we have to be prepared for
the worst," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
The White Sox went up 3-0 in the sixth on Paul Konerko's RBI
groundout and Everett's run-scoring single. Everett's bloop RBI
single gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the fourth.
The White Sox had not pitched consecutive shutouts in
Cleveland since June 5-6, 1978. ... Chicago has outscored Cleveland
32-3 in its last three games at Jacobs Field. ... When, and if, he
returns, Ordonez needs one extra-base hit to pass Carlton Fisk
(442) for sixth on the club's career list. ... If he's not used in
long relief the next two days, Indians RHP Chad Durbin will start
one game of Saturday's day-night double-header against Kansas City.
... Indians OF Grady Sizemore went 0-for-3 in his first major
league start. ... Sabathia, who turned 24 on Wednesday, dropped to
6-2 in 10 career starts against Chicago.