Game 2: Cleveland 5, Chicago 3

Kirk LammersContributor IApril 7, 2010

It took the Indians 12 1/3 innings for their first run of the 2010 season to cross the plate, but I guess it was worth the wait.  Starting pitcher Fausto Carmona struggled through the first three innings of tonight's game walking four White Sox batters, including the first two of the game.  It appeared that tonight was going to be a long one after the first inning when Sox leadoff man Juan Pierre walked, stole second and third, and then scored on a Paul Konerko sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead with no hits.  Carmona started the third inning retiring the first two, walking left fielder Carlos Quentin and promptly giving up a two-run homer to, guess who, Paul Konerko.  Sometimes it feels like the Indians have single handedly prolonged the career of Konerko, who seems to rough up Tribe pitching every chance he gets.  Carmona settled in after the 3rd inning with a final line of 6 innings pitched, 3 earned runs and only 2 hits; but had 6 walks and only 1 strike out.  Carmona through a lot of first pitch balls and early in the game worked out of too many 3 - 1 counts for my liking.