CHICAGO -- The matchup of Derek Holland against the Cleveland Indians seems to be a favorable one for the White Sox southpaw.Holland limited the defending American League champions to one run in six innings on Sunday during a 6-2 White Sox victory at Guaranteed Rate Field. Holland improved to 2-2
CHICAGO -- The matchup of Derek Holland against the Cleveland Indians seems to be a favorable one for the White Sox southpaw.
Holland limited the defending American League champions to one run in six innings on Sunday during a 6-2 White Sox victory at Guaranteed Rate Field. Holland improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 against the Indians this season, raising his career mark to 7-1 against Cleveland with a 2.27 ERA. Holland struck out six and walked three.
"I'm not going to think anything of that. No matter what, that's an unbelievable team over there," said Holland, of his success against the Indians. "They've done some great things for the state of Ohio.
"I've got a lot of friends and family back there that's pulling for them, except for when they're playing me. Every day you gotta show up and go after it. Never give in to them. That's a good ballclub over there."
Chicago's dormant offense came to life against Danny Salazar in support of Holland. The team had not scored a run in 23 innings, and had just one runner get as far as second base in the first two games of this series before Tim Anderson opened the first with a double off the left-field wall.
The White Sox scored three in the first, benefitting from right fielder Abraham Almonte's two-base error on Jose Abreu's single to right that allowed Tyler Saladino to score. Abreu and Anderson each had two hits, while Abreu, Anderson and Omar Narvaez each reached base three times.
"I was a little bit wild," Salazar said. "It's frustrating, because you want to get your first inning done quick. When that happens, it's tough. But, you have to keep your head up, and try to keep it there."
"To get off to a great start just really set the tone and set the table and makes it easier for the guys behind you to feed off of that," Anderson said.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Holland tunnels out of trouble: Cleveland put runners on first and second to start the fifth on Austin Jackson's double and Almonte's walk. They moved to second and third on Holland's wild pitch, setting up the Indians with a chance to tie the game in a two-run contest. Holland proceeded to strike out Roberto Perez looking and Michael Martinez swinging before walking Carlos Santana to load the bases. Francisco Lindor, who homered in the fourth, was next up and struck out swinging on a 1-2 slider. Holland won his fourth consecutive start against the Indians.
Sailing away: Salazar battled command issues in the fifth, when he threw behind Abreu with a two-seamer, then hit the slugger with a changeup that sailed up and in. Home-plate umpire Dan Bellino chatted with the pitcher, but no warnings were issued. Two batters later, Avisail Garcia sent one of Salazar's split-changeups to center field with an exit velocity of 108 mph. The liner struck the wall for a double, allowing Abreu to score. Before that at-bat, Cleveland had held Garcia (batting .371 overall) to an 0-for-8 showing in the series.
"I tried to throw a changeup," Salazar said of the pitch that hit Abreu. "I didn't have any intention of hitting anybody. I don't have anything against them. [The umpire] asked me if that was on purpose or not. I told him, 'Dude, that was a changeup. I'm not trying to do that.' He just wanted to ask, and I tried to apologize right away to Abreu."
"Yeah, he apologized to me," said Abreu through interpreter Billy Russo. "I knew that he wasn't trying to hit me. He apologized. I'm good with that. I know him and I knew that he wasn't trying to hit me."
"It makes it hard to win when you play like that. We didn't finish some plays. We kicked around the ball a little bit. It makes it a lot harder to win."
--Indians manager Terry Francona, on his team making three errors in the loss
"I play everybody the same. I'm not afraid of anybody, so if that's what you want to relay, that I'm not scared of anybody. It's moreso they're human just like us, so we're going to go out and be dominant just like them."
-- Anderson, on learning anything from playing the defending AL champs.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Todd Frazier originally was called out at second in the seventh inning when Dan Otero appeared to have him caught after taking a walking lead for a stolen base. But manager Rick Renteria challenged the call and it was overturned, awarding Frazier with a stolen base.
Indians: Following an off-day Monday, the Indians will host the Astros and Mariners during a six-game homestand at Progressive Field. Righty Josh Tomlin is slated to start for the Tribe in a 6:10 p.m. ET tilt against Houston on Tuesday. Tomlin logged a quality start last time out against the Twins on Tuesday.
White Sox: Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez opens a three-game home series against the Royals, with a first pitch set for Monday at 7:10 p.m. CT. It marks the first time the teams have met this season. The White Sox already have played Detroit, Cleveland and Minnesota within the American League Central.
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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.
Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.