Indians over White Sox 14-7

Game Played on 5/3/2017 5:30 PM at Cool 1
Results were reported on 5/4/2017 11:55 AM
GameID: 12278

Pitching for Indians Pitching for White Sox
NameAgePitch Count
Torin Narva965
Charlie Kent828
NameAgePitch Count
Kyle Dodge849
Amanda Kelmer975
Jack Wharton940

After a day off, the Indians traveled to the South Side to face the White Sox on a typical Chicago evening, cold and windy.

The Pale Hoes sent Kyle Dodge to the hill to face an Indians line up looking to get off to a fast start.  Leading off was Torin Narva who battled his way on for the first baserunner of the evening.  Trying to stay warm he immediately took off for second putting himself in scoring position.  A walk to Charlie Kent put runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out as Dodge tried to find his groove which he did with a strikeout to get the first out of the inning.  A couple more base on balls and the Indians had their first run of the game.  Up stepped the hit dawg, Jackson Chamberlain.  On the first pitch he saw from Kyle he put solid wood on it for a screamer back through the box but Dodge’s quick survival instincts took over as he snared the line drive out for the second out of the inning.  The next few Indians hitters continued to be patient at the plate and when it was all said and done they had plated five runs.

The Tribe sent the wily veteran Torin Narva to the mound.  First up for the Sox was Kyle Dodge and he was clearly set on helping himself out as he ripped into a slider thrown by Narva for a single to left.  Even with his slugger at the plate, Dodge bolted for 2nd which turned out to be the right move as Jack Wharton ripped a shot into right field for an RBI single and the White Sox were on the board.  Joe Morris followed that with a single up the middle that plated Wharton after he had swiped second and Joe advanced to second on the throw to the plate.  With two runs is and nobody out, Narva buckled down and with some great glove work of his own, got the next two batter to ground out right back to him but heads up base running by Morris plated a third run.  Narva ended the inning with a K to prevent any further damage.  This one was shaping up to be a shootout.  End of one … Indians 5 … White Sox 3

In the second inning, the southsiders sent Amanda Kelmer to the hill to face the top of the Indians line up.  After walks to the first two batters, up stepped Ryan White and he delivered with a shot that hugged the 3rd base bag for a double that brought in two runs.  Amanda pitched real well, making the Indians earn everything they got but the Indians were able to prevail as they put another Cinco up on the scoreboard.

Torin Narva came out for the second inning and made short work of the White Sox in their half of the second.  A strikeout followed by another 1-3 putout and then another strike out and the Indians were off the field and ready to go to bat again.  End of two … Indians 10 … White Sox 3

The White Sox sent Amanda out to the mound for her second inning of work.  Leading off for the Indians was Charlie “Wild Thing” King.  After he worked the count to 3-0, his coach gave him the take sign but Wild Thing was having no part of that as Kelmer grooved a fastball down the middle that Charlie turned on for a single to left.  Amanda pounced off the mound to her right and scooped it up but King beat the throw by a half of step.  Rohan Gulati and Cole Hunt kept the trains moving to load the bases for leadoff hitter Torin Narva.  Kelmer reached into her bag of tricks as she delivered a couple fastballs that just missed but was then able to get a curve ball over for a called strike on Narva.  On the next pitch Narva slapped one right back through the box and with cat like reflexes Amanda knocked it down but the blazing speed going down the line was just too much to recover as Narva was on with a hit and Wild Thing has crossed the plate for a run.  Amanda then hit her stride as she struck out the next two hitters and was on the verge of getting out of the inning with minimal damage.  But the Indians persisted and were able to plate three more before a call to the bullpen was made.  Trotting in from right field came the flame throwing Jack Wharton who needed only a few pitches to end the inning without further damage.

Torin came out for his third inning of work to face the top of the lineup.  Kyle Dodge kept up his hot hitting ways with a leadoff single followed by a theft of second.  Narva was able to erase the next batter via the K but in stepped Jack Wharton.  Torin was able to blaze a fastball by him for a strike but he went to the well one time too many as Jack tore into the next pitch and launched it into orbit as it went over the left fielder’s head for a monstrous two run homer.  Joe Morris followed that with a base hit.  After a stroll around the mound to calm himself down, Narva was able to bounce back and end the inning with a K and his fourth 1-3 of the night.  End of three … Indians 14 … WhiteSox 5.

Wharton came back out for another inning of work and continued dealing as he popped the mitt of his catcher pitch after pitch to get out of the inning without allowing a run and striking out three.  He had officially declared lock down on the Indians line up.

To start the fourth inning, Torin Narva once again strolled to the hill.  His pitch count was nearing a threshold but his coach and team mates had confidence in their starter that he could get them through the inning.  He made quick work of the first batter he faced with a punch out but then he started to hit a wall as he walked the next two batter.  His coached walked to the mound, the two never making eye contact, but words were exchanged and the message was clear, get the next batter.  Torin dug deep as he ended his night with a strikeout for the second out of the inning.  Narva walked off the mound to a loud ovation as he went into the clubhouse to ice his arm.  Rookie phenom Charlie Kent was the next man up and he did not disappoint, striking out the first batter he faced to end the inning.  End of four … Indians 14 … WhiteSox 5.

Due to time limits, the fifth inning was going to be the final frame.  Jack Wharton continued to hold the Indians hostage as he struck out the side with one fastball after another.  As he strolled off the mound he let out a big roar, smacked his glove, and told his team to get it going.

Charlie Kent was sent back to the mound to try and hold the WhiteSox.  A couple of leadoff walks had the White Sox in business, 1st and 2nd, nobody out and the big bat of Joe Morris came to the plate.  Kent reared back and fired one that Joe turned on and ripped down the third baseline but a gold glove play by one half of the Chambertwins, Jackson, fielded it cleanly and calmly stepped on third for the first out of the inning.  Charlie got a punch out on the next hitter for the second out of the inning and things were looking good but the next hitter, Gavin Perduta had other thoughts.    It’s like he knew what pitch was coming as he laid solid wood into the first pitch he saw for a triple to bring two runs in and the WhiteSox had life.  Unfazed by the previous batter, Charlie Kent was not about to let this thing get any more interesting as he got the next batter out via the K, ensuring a happy plane ride home for the Indians.  Final Score … Indians 14 … WhiteSox 7.

This game had it all with great defense, great pitching, and some thunderous hits.  It’s still early in the season but both these teams are hitting their stride and will be a tough matchup going forward.