CLEVELAND -- The White Sox lost for the first time this season as the Cleveland Indians prevented a season-opening sweep with a 7-1 victory Sunday at Progressive Field.
How it happened: The top of the White Sox order was held in check and the powerful offense struggled. Juan Pierre and Gordon Beckham both went 0-for-3. Beckham entered with a .625 batting average over the first two games, as did Carlos Quentin, who did have a hit and a walk. John Danks looked strong pitching the day after a root canal, striking out eight in six innings. But just like in the opener, the bullpen was shaky. Will Ohman gave up three more runs and has a 27.00 ERA
What it means: Apparently the sinkerball and the White Sox do not mix. After scoring 23 runs in their first two games, Justin Masterson kept the red-hot White Sox offense in check. If you have a sinker ball pitcher, line him up for a series against the White Sox. Not only did Ohman struggle for the second consecutive time, Phil Humber faced two batters and didn’t get an out, while Matt Thornton allowed two inherited runners to score. Ohman’s ERA is nothing compared to Humber’s mark of infinity.
Stat of the day: The crowd of 8,726 was the lowest in Jacobs/Progressive Field history, topping the previous low set Saturday.