Carlos Rodon shaky in debut; White Sox fall to Indians

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White Sox prized prospect Carlos Rodon made his major league debut Tuesday night. He hopes his next outing is better.Relieving starter Hector Noesi in a tough spot with runners on first and third with two out and the Sox trailing by a run in the sixth inning, Rodon struggled to control his fastball and walked three of the first Cleveland Indians batters he faced.Rodon walked Brandon Moss on four pitches and went to a full count against pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn before Raburn singled to left to score two runs that widened Cleveland’s lead to 4-1. The Indians went on to win 6-2.“He was pretty amped up and couldn’t really get it the way he wanted to and place it,” manager Robin Ventura said. “But he’s up here for that reason, being able to come in and fill some innings.”Hitting 96-97 on the scoreboard speed gun, Rodon gave up a pair of runs on Jason Kipnis’ deep sacrifice fly to left and Michael Brantley’s RBI single in the seventh. He pitched a scoreless eighth and finished with a line of 2 1/3 innings, three hits, two runs (both earned), three walks and a strikeout.He composed himself after [his first inning]. I think the adrenaline was running and you can’t fault him for that. He was probably excited, overthrowing, and he was a little more erratic than we’ve seen him in the past.“He’s got good stuff,” Ventura said. “Regardless of what happened tonight, he’s got good stuff and he’s got good makeup. So [we’re] not afraid to use him in the middle of the inning.”Rodon threw 60 pitches, 29 for strikes.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPgYl7IyVds&sns=twThe Sox called up Rodon on Monday in a move they believe makes their bullpen better. It didn’t Tuesday, but they’ll probably expect a more relaxed pitcher next time out. He appeared somewhat nervous at the outset and received two visits from pitching coach Don Cooper.

“It’s something I have to be ready for,” Rodon said of his baptism by fire. “No excuses.

“Yeah a little bit of butterflies. It was fun to be out there, though — considering.”

Rodon said he did calm down after the seventh.

“Yeah a little bit,” he said. “I found it. A little all over the place and then finally some command. Not where I’m usually at.”

Jose Abreu homered against Carlos Carrasco in the first and added an RBI single in the eighth.

The Sox called up Rodon on Monday.


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