CHICAGO — Nothing was conventional about Cleveland’s 6-4 loss to the White Sox on Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field. A night that started with two runs for the Indians in the first inning quickly went sideways when the outfield duo of Bradley Zimmer and Daniel Johnson did their best impression of Jose Canseco.
Each time the offense tried to creep ahead of the White Sox, the defense found a way to let Chicago right back in the game. And that sloppy play was punctuated with an errant pitch from James Karinchak that hit Jose Abreu on the left side of the helmet, led to the benches clearing and put the game out of reach.
Zimmer was moving toward his glove side from center field and Johnson was charging over from the opposite direction in right. Replays appeared to show Zimmer calling for the ball, but Johnson did not get out of the way, causing the two to collide. The ball went into Zimmer’s glove and bounced out as he made contact with Johnson. Instead of being the first out of the inning, the ball ricocheted off the heel of his glove and over the wall.
“I found out that DJ didn’t hear Zimmer, because Zimmer had gotten there before him, but the crowd — a pretty big crowd — DJ just didn’t hear him,” Indians acting manager DeMarlo Hale said. “It’s one of them freak things.
“Both of their gloves…