Sox Suffer Sweep at Hands of Indians

(SN Report #512) - Joe Borchard, Miguel Olivo and D'Angelo Jimenez had a good showing in the 8-9-1 holes, going a combined 5-10, but the rest of the offense was far from it, going 1-23, as the White Sox were swept by the Indians, losing 5-2 on Monday.

Like Sunday, the Sox had the lead in the game, up 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Unfortunately, Bartolo Colon, who had six strikeouts, couldn't hold it, giving up three runs. Colon now has 1,004 career strikeouts.

The inning started with a walk to Matt Lawton and became a hazard after Omar Vizquel hit an infield single to short. Tony Graffanino fielded the play, but was short on his forceout throw at second as the ball short-hopped Jimenez, who was unable to pick it.

After Ellis Burks flied out, Milton Bradley doubled off the wall in left, scoring two and giving the Indians the 3-2 lead. One out later, Ben Broussard singled in the fourth run.

Colon left after the inning with Gary Glover taking his place, throwing a quick 1-2-3 seventh. Glover was pulled in the eighth after walking Omar Vizquel, who reached second on a stolen base and advanced to third on Olivo's throwing error, and intentionally walking Bradley.

Kelly Wunsch then loaded the bases with a walk to Jody Gerut, and Rick White gave up a RBI-sacrifice fly to Casey Blake, giving the Indians a 5-2 lead. Danys Baez picked up his 11th save in the ninth, securing the win for starter Brian Anderson.

Jimenez was responsible for both of the Sox runs, the first coming on a solo home run in the first and the second off a RBI-single in the fifth. Outside of that, the offense was MIA as usual.

The Sox had an opportunity to score in the seventh after Olivo doubled and Jimenez walked with one out, but Carlos Lee flied out and Frank Thomas struck out to end it. Jimenez is 11-28 with eight RBIs and three homers in his last seven games.

At 25-31 and just 1.5 games ahead of the fourth place Indians, the Sox will head to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks in a three-game set starting Tuesday at 8:35 p.m. CT. Jon Garland is scheduled to pitch against Miguel Batista.

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