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Indians Show Signs of Life, Thump White Sox 8-4

By Garrett Monaghan

The Indians didn’t show former Tribe member Bartolo Colon any love Sunday; tagging the White Sox right-hander for six runs, five earned, in five innings en-route to an 8-4 thumping of their divisional rivals. The Tribe hit four home runs off Colon, including another round-tripper from 26-year old rookie Chris Gimenez. Gimenez, called up on June 1st to replace the injured Grady Sizemore, has had two of his three hits on the season go for solo home runs. Don’t start throwing his name into the mix for Rookie of the Year voting just yet, though. Gimenez was only hitting .235/.323.426 with AAA Columbus before his promotion, so don’t expect the gaudy numbers to continue for long.

Luis Valbuena, Victor Martinez, and Shin-Soo Choo also homered in support of another rookie, David Huff, who got his first Major League win in five workman-like innings. Huff gave up three runs on four hits and three walks, striking out three and lowering his ERA to a mostly ghastly 8.71. Huff finally managed to miss a few bats on Sunday, something he’s struggled mightily to do all year. All the damage against Huff came in the fifth inning, when he surrendered a two-out three-run homer to shortstop Alexi Ramirez.

The highlight of the night was a spectacular diving catch by rookie center fielder Trevor Crowe, who robbed White Sox rookie Gordon Beckham of an extra-base hit in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Beckham drilled an off-speed pitch from Rafael Perez into shallow center, which Crowe snagged with a diving basket catch to end the inning.

The Indians are going to need their rookies to keep playing at a high level if they want to be able to turn around a season that looks more and more like an outright debacle. Gimenez, Valbuena, and Crowe have all played reasonably well thus far, but it seems unlikely they’ll be able to salvage even a .500 season. With the fourteenth overall pick in first-year player draft today, the Indians will have an opportunity to continue preparing for the future.