CHICAGO: Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura ended up with a huge hole in his bullpen after his pitchers gave up 19 runs in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.
Consequently, outfielder Casper Wells pitched the ninth and retired the side, walking one and striking out Asdrubal Cabrera.
But Wells needed an excellent defensive play to keep his outing hitless. With two outs, Jason Kipnis hit a line drive to deep left field near the foul line, but Alejandro De Aza ran it down.
It was the first time Wells had pitched in a big-league game. He is the first position player to pitch for the White Sox since Dewayne Wise on Sept. 4, 2012 against the Minnesota Twins.
CRACKING DOWN — Indians minor-league right-hander Dillon Howard has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball for using amphetamines.
Howard, who will be 21 Monday, is on the Tribe’s Arizona rookie league roster for the second year. After being chosen in the second round of the June draft, Howard posted a 1-7 record and 7.90 ERA in 10 starts.
THE DAY’S MOVES — Trevor Bauer was called up from Triple-A Columbus to start the first game of the doubleheader then sent back to Triple-A after the game. To make room for him on the roster, lefty Nick Hagadone was optioned to the Clippers.
After Bauer was removed from the roster, his spot was filled by rookie reliever Matt Langwell, summoned from Columbus for his second stint with the Tribe.
In his first visit to the majors, he pitched four times and gave up one run in 4⅓ innings. At Columbus, he is 3-2 with one save and a 3.00 ERA in 24 appearances.
Carlos Carrasco, summoned to start the second game, became the 26th man (teams can add a player for doubleheaders) and was optioned back to Columbus until his next start. Players sent to the minors must spend at least 10 days there.
FARM FACTS — Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-4, 4.54 ERA) gave up five runs and four hits in five innings, as Columbus was blanked by Norfolk 5-0. … Joe Wendle and Tony Wolters each had three hits and one RBI, as Carolina lost to Frederick 4-3 in Class A. Wolters hit his third home run of the year. … Robbie Aviles (1-3, 5.01 ERA) gave up three runs and five hits in 5⅔ innings in Lake County’s 3-1 loss to Great Lakes in Class A. … Luis Lugo (1-1, 0.60 ERA) threw five scoreless innings, allowing one hit, as Mahoning Valley beat State College 2-0 in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker