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Indians bats stay hot in frigid Chicago

Apr 4, 2007 - 11:20 PM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Cold? Snow? Forget it. Apparently nothing can cool off the red-hot bats of Grady Sizemore and the Cleveland Indians.

Sizemore's second homer in as many games - a two-run shot in the seventh inning - gave the Indians an 8-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox and their best start in nine years.

On a wintry day at U.S. Cellular Field more suited for snowballs than baseball, the Indians banged out 13 hits, including eight for extra bases. They hit for the cycle in consecutive at-bats in the second inning.

"Usually you anticipate, on cold days, it's going to be low scoring," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "But of course, it was the exact opposite. It was cold. One of the colder days we've had here."

The outburst came two days after Sizemore triggered a 12-run outburst by hitting the second pitch of the season opener for a homer. Cleveland hung 20 runs in two games on Chicago, which has one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

"We got some good swings today, and we got some runs to back it up," Sizemore said. "This is a good way to start the first series. It was definitely windy and cold, but when your adrenaline is going, (the weather) doesn't really play a factor."

The Indians erased a 3-0 deficit and blew a 5-3 lead before taking the lead for good in the seventh. With two out, Andy Marte drew a walk from Mike MacDougal. Sizemore greeted Matt Thornton (0-1) by belting his first pitch nearly 400 feet over the right field fence, giving Cleveland an 8-7 lead.

"I was trying to get a good swing on the ball early, and we were trying to get a rally going," Sizemore said.

The blast made a winner of Aaron Fultz (1-0), who retired a batter in the sixth and seventh. Three more relievers got the last eight outs, with Joe Borowski working a very shaky ninth for his first save.

Left fielder Jason Michaels ended the game by making a running, sliding catch on Joe Crede's drive to the warning track with two runners aboard.

"I just wanted to make that catch, Michaels said. "On the field, the wind was blowing one way, and if it was a pop fly it was blowing a different way. If you looked from the dugout, you'd see the snow flurries blowing two different ways.

The Indians are 2-0 for the first time since 1998, when they won their first six games en route to the American League Central Division title.

Borowski was one of a handful of players who did not wear long-sleeved undershirts beneath their jerseys despite the blustery conditions, which saw temperatures dip into the upper 20s. Winds whipped at 15 miles per hour and snow swirled throughout.

Indians starter Jake Westbrook was in a 3-0 hole before retiring a batter. He walked Scott Podsednik and Darin Erstad before Jim Thome crushed a homer.

"It was a frustrating day, in the sense that I felt like I was locating my pitches, Westbrook said. "I made some mistakes that cost a lot of runs."

"With the weather like that, you never know what you're going to get," Thome said. "I've seen it where good pitching stands out in that kind of weather, but today it was good offense. I played in a World Series game in '97, (and that was) very, very cold. But when you're out there and your adrenaline is going, you try to eliminate the thought of it being cold."

But Cleveland roughed up Jon Garland in the second. David Dellucci doubled, Jhonny Peralta tripled, Josh Barfield singled and Marte homered for a 4-3 lead.

In the fourth, Trot Nixon doubled and scored on one of Victor Martinez's four hits to make it 5-3. Martinez has seven hits in the first two games.

Chicago tied it on Tadahito Iguchi's two-run homer in the fourth and took a 7-5 lead on Crede's two-run single in the fifth. But Cleveland 's bullpen silenced Chicago thereafter.

Westbrook allowed seven runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings. Garland gave up five runs, seven hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.

"I've been waiting for our pitching to step up," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's not easy bringing relievers in the second or fifth inning. If we keep doing that, it's going to be a long season."

Martinez doubled home a run in the sixth, bringing the Indians within 7-6.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CLEVELAND 0 4 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 8 13 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 7 8 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CLE - JAKE WESTBROOK, TOM MASTNY (6TH), AARON FULTZ (6TH), RAFAEL
    BETANCOURT (7TH), ROBERTO HERNANDEZ (8TH), JOE BOROWSKI (9TH)
    AND VICTOR MARTINEZ
    CHA - JON GARLA

    Apr 4 5:36 PM
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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: R Betancourt relieved A Fultz.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, J THOME ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 8
    CHI WHITE SOX 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P Konerko (.400, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 4 4:34 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - PITCHING CHANGE
    CLE: RAFAEL BETANCOURT (0-0, 0.00) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, J THOME ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 8, CHI WHITE SOX 7
    DUE UP FOR CHWHITESOX: P KONERKO (.400, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 4 4:34 PM


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    CLEVELAND 0 4 0 1 0 1 2 8 10 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 0 0 2 2 0 7 7 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CLE - AARON FULTZ
    CHA - MATT THORNTON

    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: D ERSTAD (.500, 2-FOR-2, BB)
    J THOME (.286, 2-FOR-3, HR, 3 RBI)
    P KONERKO (.400, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Apr 4 4:28 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY GRADY SIZEMORE (2) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF MATT THORNTON SCORED ANDY MARTE.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 8, CHI WHITE SOX 7
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T NIXON (.571, 1-FOR-3, BB)

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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY VICTOR MARTINEZ SCORED GRADY SIZEMORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, V MARTINEZ ON SECOND, T NIXON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 6
    CHI WHITE SOX 7 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: C BLAKE (.143, 0-FOR-3)

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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOE CREDE SCORED DARIN ERSTAD AND JIM THOME.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J CREDE ON FIRST, P KONERKO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5
    CHI WHITE SOX 7 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A PIERZYNSKI (.200, 1-FOR-2)

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    CLEVELAND 0 4 0 1 5 7 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 0 0 2 5 4 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CLE - JAKE WESTBROOK
    CHA - JON GARLAND

    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: D DELLUCCI (.167, 1-FOR-2)
    J PERALTA (.600, 1-FOR-2, RBI)
    J BARFIELD (.286, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Apr 4 3:25 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY TADAHITO IGUCHI (1) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 2 OUT IN THE 4TH OFF JAKE WESTBROOK SCORED A.J. PIERZYNSKI.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5, CHI WHITE SOX 5
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J URIBE (.400, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians vs. White SoxApr 4 3:23 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY VICTOR MARTINEZ SCORED TROT NIXON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, V MARTINEZ ON FIRST, T HAFNER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 5
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: C BLAKE (.167, 0-FOR-2)

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    CLEVELAND 0 4 4 5 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 3 1 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CLE - JAKE WESTBROOK
    CHA - JON GARLAND

    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A PIERZYNSKI (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    T IGUCHI (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    J URIBE (.500, 0

    Apr 4 2:43 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ANDY MARTE (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JON GARLAND SCORED JOSH BARFIELD.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 4, CHI WHITE SOX 3
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: G SIZEMORE (.400, 0-FOR-1)

    Indians vs. White SoxApr 4 2:32 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY JHONNY PERALTA SCORED DAVID DELLUCCI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J PERALTA ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J BARFIELD (.200, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JIM THOME (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 1ST OFF JAKE WESTBROOK SCORED SCOTT PODSEDNIK AND DARIN ERSTAD.
    CURRENT SCORE: CLEVELAND 0, CHI WHITE SOX 3
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.667, 1 HR, 1 RBI)

    Indians vs. White SoxApr 4 2:22 PM