CLEVELAND -- The offense might be the story so far, but White Sox pitching begged to be noticed Saturday.
Aside from a rough second inning from Edwin Jackson, the White Sox’s staff held down a scrappy Indians lineup that stormed back from the dead in Friday’s opener.
Jackson’s second-inning struggle was nearly a story in itself. The right-hander has owned the Indians in their ballpark over the years, improving to 4-0 with a 1.74 ERA in seven career starts here. Lifetime against the Indians he is 8-1 with a 2.70 ERA.
It’s the reason he got the call in the second game of the season over Gavin Floyd.
“I have no clue,” Jackson said of his mastery over the Indians. “I never really keep up with stats. I just go out and try to continue to give my team a chance to win day in and day out. Everything else will take care of itself.”
The White Sox would probably prefer that stats aren’t kept on left-handed reliever Chris Sale. His gaudy numbers in 2010 raised expectations, but his poor numbers in spring training probably led to more concern than was necessary.
After allowing two inherited runners to score Friday, Sale floated past the four batters he faced Saturday, striking out two in the process. Sergio Santos gave up two hits but he continued his spring training trend by not giving up a run.
“Today was a big game for us,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “When you take the lead you want to keep the lead. Everybody in the bullpen, we're going to have faith in and have confidence in them. We have to. You know we're going to have some times like that in the bullpen, especially when the starter goes five, six innings. [Friday] was kind of a crazy game.”