CHICAGO – April’s continuing miserable weather claimed yet another Chicago baseball game Tuesday night.
The White Sox’s scheduled home contest with the Cleveland Indians was the second postponement of a current eight-game home stand because of inclement weather.
It’s also the fourth in Chicago since the baseball season opened three weeks ago. Two Cubs home games also have been rescheduled because of rain or cold conditions.
The game was called three hours and 35 minutes before the scheduled first pitch. Tuesday’s scheduled starters, Zach McAllister for Cleveland and Jose Quintana for the Sox, will be pushed back to pitch in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale.
Tuesday’s game has not been rescheduled, although the Indians return to Chicago in June with open dates before and after that three-game series.
Wednesday’s forecast calls for cool but clearing conditions for the 1:10 p.m. start.
The unscheduled day off might be a blessing in disguise for the Sox, who have dropped four straight, 10 of their past 13 and are hitting .204 (66 of 323) over the past 10 games.
“For us, it’s one of those you’re beating yourself right now,” Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You’re giving yourself a lot of opportunities and playing just sloppy. That’s where guys get frustrated. We all get frustrated. When that gets cleaned up, you’re in games and when that feeling turns you’re going to win games, that’s a big boost of momentum once you get it.”
The weather might also be a factor, but the Sox have grown accustomed to poor conditions.
“It’s rougher than most places [but] you just get used to it,” Ventura said. “It’s one of those you’re not always sure about getting rained out and things like that. But you’re pretty sure you’re going to play in cold weather and wind and all that stuff.”
Sox catcher Hector Gimenez, who was hit by a pitch in the shin and left in the seventh inning of Mondays’ 3-2 loss to the Indians, told Ventura he was feeling better the next day.
“He said he looks fine,” Ventura said. “That’s one of those that hurts at the time. He was going to get run for anyway. He wanted to stay in, but he’s going to be fine.”
Tuesday’s postponement was the third for Cleveland, which had back-to-back games from April 10 and 11 against the New York Yankees rescheduled.
The games will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader May 13.
Three weeks into the baseball season and Indians outfielder Nick Swisher can’t contain himself about the excitement for his new team, riding a current three-game winning streak..
Swisher signed with the Indians in the offseason after four seasons with the Yankees.
“It’s just a great group of guys around here,” he said. “It’s a good core of new guys that we have. ... Now we’re all try to get to that we point where we are all trying to gain loyalty together and trust and it goes with the coach on down.”
Swisher already is a big fan of new manager Terry Francona and was happy to hear he’d be used as a designated hitter to get some added rest.
“I have never had that ever in my life,” Swisher said. “To have a manager really looking out for you like that just makes coming to the ballpark awesome every single day. And not only that, it makes you want to run through a brick wall every time you get the opportunity because you got a guy like that backing you.”