The Cleveland Indians certainly have worn down the White Sox this season. Chicago starter Hector Santiago says the latest loss, however, has nothing to do with being worn out.
The White Sox fell for the 10th straight time to Cleveland, beaten 3-1 Friday when Santiago was chased early in the fifth inning.
Santiago (4-9) exited with none out and two one and his pitch count approaching 100. The bullpen allowed both inherited runners to score, so his stat line - four-plus innings, six hits and three runs - was far from impressive.
Manager Robin Ventura was most concerned with Santiago's three walks and the deep-ball counts that led him to throw 94 pitches and get just 12 outs.
''He's probably a little tired,'' Ventura said. ''I would imagine that's part of it. I think as far as being able to locate and getting into too much trouble. We've seen it during the course of the year, but I think it's been increased with the workload and where he's at. He could just be tired.''