Originally posted on Grab Some Bench  |  Last updated 4/22/13
I debated writing this wrap; I really did. You can just read over most other wraps we've written so far this season to get a feel for how this game went. Nonetheless, we'll take you through the painful game that was the Chicago White Sox' 12th loss of the 2013 season. The Cleveland Indians took down the White Sox 3-2 in a comeback win over our south siders. Like we have done so many times already, another quality start was wasted. Dylan Axelrod continued his impressive early-season efforts, tossing six innings of one-run ball. He let up just three base hits, none of which were hit hard. Two of those three hits were bloopers to left field in the second inning when the Indians took a 1-0 lead. Conor Gillaspie hit his first major league home run in a White Sox uniform in the bottom of the second inning, tying the game at one run apiece. He continues to look strong at the plate and in the field, where he has given Robin Ventura a very reliable daily option at the hot corner. And from there on out, Axelrod out dueled Indians' ace Justin Masterson (7 IP, 2 ER). He left the game with a 2-1 lead thanks to Hector Gimenez's RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning. But yet again, the bullpen couldn't do their job. Jesse Crain worked a scoreless seventh inning before it was Matt Thornton's turn (pictured above, H/T ESPN) in the eighth. With runners on first and second base, Thornton threw a wild pickoff attempt to first base, allowing the runners to advance before Asdrubal Cabrera drove them both in with a sharp, two-out RBI single to give the Tribe the lead. So yet again the White Sox' formula was as follows ... insufficient offense + terrible defense + untimely bullpen work = LOSS. The Sox did show a little bit of life in the bottom of the ninth inning against Indians closer Chris Perez, as Conor Gillaspie singled and Alexei Ramirez just missed a walkoff home run down the left field line, as the ball hooked foul inside the pole. But at this point, I'm not going to take much optimism away from that. Tomorrow night, the White Sox face the Indians in the second of the three-game set as Jose Quintana, who's had great success against Cleveland including a stellar performance last weekend, will face Zach McAllister, who pitched very well against the south siders last weekend too. Hopefully the Sox can give the home fans some excitement tomorrow and the team starts to get on a bit of a roll. At this point in time, I'm really not sure there's much more we can say than that. Of note: Hector Gimenez left the game after being hit in the shin by a pitch ... we will monitor the situation.
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