Indians-White Sox: Umps cost Chicago Opening Day Win

Steve JankowskiAnalyst IMarch 31, 2008

Jim Thome hit a pair of two-run homers, but that still wasn't enough for the Chicago White Sox to defeat the Cleveland Indians and the umpires.

Missed calls by the men in blue cost the White Sox (0-1) a total of four runs in the game leading to the Indians (1-0) 10-8 victory. 

In the top of the 7th, a slow grounder to short by A.J. Pierzynski forced a hurried throw by Indians shortstop Jhonny Peralta which appeared to pull first baseman Ryan Garko off the bag.  Pierzynski was called out, and the runner on third was unable to score as the inning ended.

In the 8th, with the score tied at seven, Chicago loaded the bases with no one out after a Joe Crede leadoff double, and Juan Uribe followed that with a double of his own, with Crede only advanceing to third. 

An intentional walk followed, and Cabrera hit a grounder to short.  Peralta's throw home was off target, and Crede appeared to slide under the tag, but was called out. 

Then, Thome grounded to second base, and Cabrera attempted to break up that double play.  He reached out to break up the play while still tagging the bag, but was called out on interference, ending the inning with no runs scoring.

The play was reminiscent of a play at second earlier in the game, also involving Cabrera.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Casey Blake of the Indians slid hard into second base as new White Sox shortstop Orlando Cabrera was attempting to turn a double play.  Blake took Cabrera's legs out while holding his arms high and prevented Cabrera from making the relay throw to first—A run scored for the Indians on the play.

The missed calls overshadowed a resilient effort by the White Sox, who fell behind 7-2 after two innings. 

Sox starter, Mark Buehrle, struggled mightily, going 1.1 innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits, all in the bottom of the second.

Nick Masset, the last man added to the Opening Day roster, pitched very effectively in relief, allowing only two hits in 4.1 innings.

Cy Young Award winner C.C. Sabathia was only slightly more effective than Buehrle, going 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits.

Rafael Betancourt (1-0) picked up the win in relief for the Indians, while newly acquired reliever Octavio Dotel (0-1) picked up the loss after he allowed a three-run double in the bottom of the eighth to Casey Blake.

Former Cub Joe Borowski picked up his first save, but allowed a Jermaine Dye home run to make the final 10-8.