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Indians, Shaun Marcum send White Sox to 4-3 loss

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Indians, Shaun Marcum send White Sox to 4-3 loss

After two games of hard heat from Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer the White Sox offense couldn’t adjust to soft tossing Shaun Marcum.

While they belted a pair of solo home runs on Wednesday night, Marcum otherwise held the White Sox in check as they fell to the Cleveland Indians 4-3 in front of 15,146 at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox dropped back below .500 as Marcum and two pitchers combined on a six-hitter. Cody Allen pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth against the White Sox, who are now 2-16 when they score three runs or fewer.

“It’s such a change of speed between Bauer and Kluber,” said leadoff man Adam Eaton, who accounted for the team’s first run with a 404-foot solo homer. “(Marcum) mixes his pitches. You never know what’s coming in certain counts.

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“My third at-bat, I could have sold the house he wasn’t going to throw me a heater in. I figured something soft away. He hit his spot and you kind of tip your cap to that. “That’s kind of how the day went.”

Making his first start since July 2013, Marcum didn’t allow more than one batter to reach base in an inning. Bringing a much softer approach than Kluber and Bauer, Marcum allowed only a single his first time through the lineup.

Eaton did get the White Sox on the board first with a two-out, solo home run in the third inning, his first since April 12, 2014. But Marcum settled in and retired 12 of the next 13 batters until he surrendered a solo homer to Conor Gillaspie with two outs in the seventh inning to allow the White Sox back within two.

Marcum limited the White Sox to four hits and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings.

“We were swinging at a lot of stuff off the plate and Marcum did a good job of getting us to do that,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

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The White Sox scored a run in the ninth after Allen gave up a single to Jose Abreu, who extended his hitting streak to 15, and walked Adam LaRoche and Avisail Garcia. Gillaspie popped out on the first pitch he saw before Alexei Ramirez’s infield single drove in a run. But Allen struck out pinch hitter J.B. Shuck.

The effort was similar to the first two games of this series and the first 20 of the season when the White Sox offense has sputtered. In their first 20 games, the White Sox scored 64 runs, a trend they seem to have reversed this month until Cleveland came to town.

The Indians did most of their damage in the seventh against the White Sox bullpen. Dan Jennings issued a leadoff walk in the seventh and threw wide of second on a fielder’s choice. One out later, Jose Ramirez singled in the go-ahead run off Jennings and Michael Brantley doubled in two more to put Cleveland ahead 4-1.

“You're just giving other teams opportunities,” Ventura said. “You clean that up and you probably have a better chance to win that game. The guys fought back there in the ninth, but really I think on our pitching side you're just giving them too many opportunities.”

The Indians couldn’t break through against Carlos Rodon, who walked six batters in his previous start, and issued five more free passes on Wednesday night. But unlike last Friday in Oakland, Rodon managed to work around his walks until his last inning, when he walked two.

Rodon -- who has walked 19 batters in 22 1/3 innings this season -- allowed a run, four hits and struck out four over six innings.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list