Holmberg, Abreu, Cabrera help White Sox beat Indians
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[June 12, 2017]
CLEVELAND -- Eight years, two
trades, three organizations and one release later, left-hander David
Holmberg has come full circle.
And Saturday night Holmberg won his first game for the team that
originally drafted him -- the Chicago White Sox.
Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera each had three hits and an RBI, and
Holmberg pitched five solid innings to lead the White Sox to a 5-3
victory over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
The win halted Chicago's three-game losing streak.
The White Sox scored three runs in the first inning, an unearned run
in the second, and an insurance run in the eighth, and Holmberg and
four relievers made it stand up.
Holmberg (1-0) gave up two runs and three hits with four strikeouts
and one walk. David Robertson pitched the eighth and ninth innings
to pick up his 10th save.
Holmberg's long and winding road to his first win for the White Sox
began in 2009, when the Sox selected him in the second round of the
June draft. He was subsequently traded to Arizona, then traded to
Cincinnati, granted free agency, signed with Atlanta, was released
by Atlanta and, in 2016, signed again with the White Sox.
Holmberg won four major league games during his travels, but
Saturday was his first win for the White Sox.
"It's kind of cool," Holmberg said. "It's been a long time since I
was drafted here, but I'm happy to finally get my first win for the
Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin (3-8) gave up four runs (three earned)
and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.
"He had traffic right from the first inning, and he couldn't find
the feel for his breaking ball," Indians manager Terry Francona
said. "He didn't walk anyone, but there were a lot of hits."
Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana homered for Cleveland.
Santana's homer, a solo shot off reliever Dan Jennings in the sixth
inning, cut Chicago's lead to 4-3. But the White Sox got that run
back on a sacrifice fly by Kevan Smith in the eighth.
Holmberg and the relivers took it from there.
"It was nice to have that early cushion. I just tried to attack the
hitters," said Holmberg, who was moved into the rotation after
starting the season in the bullpen.
"We were hoping he could give us five (innings)," White Sox manager
Rick Renteria said. "He did his job. He minimized the damage, and he
did what he does, kept the ball down and gave us a chance."
The win was Holmberg's first since July 30, 2015, when he was with
The White Sox didn't waste any time driving Tomlin out of the game.
Chicago sent seven men to the plate in the first inning, and three
of them scored.
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White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and first baseman Jose
Abreu (79) celebrate the White Sox win over the Cleveland Indians at
Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Anderson led off with a single to right field and
went to second on a single to center by Cabrera. Abreu made it three
singles in a row, scoring Anderson with the first run and moving
Cabrera to third.
Avisail Garcia got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Todd Frazier's
grounder to third baseman Jose Ramirez was turned into a forceout at
home, retiring Cabrera. Matt Davidson singled to left field, scoring
Abreu and Garcia.
In the second inning, Leury Garcia hit a fly ball into the left
field corner that Michael Brantley dropped for a three-base error.
Garcia scored on a single by Cabrera to make it 4-0.
Holmberg held Cleveland scoreless on one hit through the first three
In the fourth, Brantley led off with a double. One out later,
Encarnacion hit his second two-run homer in as many nights, a line
drive over the left field wall for his 12th homer of the season to
cut the Chicago lead to 4-2.
"We didn't get much going, other than the home runs," Francona said.
Renteria brought Robertson into the game in the eighth to pitch to
the top of the Cleveland lineup, then allowed the closer to pitch
the ninth inning as well.
"I wanted to put our best guy out there," said Renteria, whose team
had lost eight of its last nine games, and desperately needed a win.
It was the second two-inning save of Robertson's career, the other
coming Sept. 3, 2011, as a member of the Yankees.
NOTES: Indians RHP Corey Kluber, the winning pitcher Friday night,
has received four-plus runs of support in 60 career starts. In those
starts his record is 47-1, and the Indians' are 55-5 in those games.
... Indians SS Francisco Lindor hit .309 in April, .245 in May, and
is hitting .156 in June. ... The White Sox added INF Alen Hanson to
the roster before the game. Hanson was claimed off waivers from
Pittsburgh on Friday. To make room on the roster for Hanson, Chicago
optioned OF Adam Engel to Triple-A Charlotte. ... White Sox 1B Jose
Abreu returned to the lineup after he was removed from Friday's game
in the seventh inning after getting hit in the left leg by a pitch.
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