Rookie Billy Traber proved he can shake off a dismal outing. Now, he wants to show he can follow up a brilliant one.
After allowing seven runs and 11 hits in just 2 2-3 innings of an 8-2 loss to Kansas City on July 2, Traber tossed a one-hitter in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over the New York Yankees.
The 23-year-old left-hander struck out five without issuing a walk in his first career complete game.
Traber, who came to the Indians with Matt Lawton in the eight-player deal that sent Roberto Alomar to the New York Mets in February 2002, allowed only a leadoff single to John Flaherty in the third inning before retiring the final 21 batters in a row. He didn’t allow a Yankee to reach second base.
However, Yankees manager Joe Torre didn’t think that trio would have made much of a difference.
“It was Greg Maddux-like,” Torre said. “He didn’t throw hard, but you don’t have to when you throw strikes. When somebody throws soft, it frustrates you. But you certainly admire and respect it.”
Shane Spencer added a solo homer for the Indians, who bounced back from a gut-wrenching loss in the opener and improved to 7-3 in their last 10 games.
The White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak by winning the opener, rallying to win for the first time in 41 games this season when trailing after eight innings.
Despite that win, the White Sox have lost seven of eight.
STANDINGS: White Sox - 3rd place, 7 GB, AL Central. Indians - 4th place, 10 GB, AL Central.
WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Jon Garland (6-7, 4.50 ERA). Garland is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA over his last three starts. The 23-year-old right-hander suffered his first loss since June 4 with a 2-1 setback to Detroit in which he yielded two runs and six hits over seven innings. Garland has struggled against the Indians during his career, going 1-7 with a 7.21 ERA in nine appearances, including eight starts.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Traber (4-5, 4.23 ERA). Traber is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts against the White Sox this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: White Sox - Magglio Ordonez, .288 avg.; Frank Thomas, 20 HRs; Carlos Lee, 54 RBIs and 8 SBs; Carl Everett, 58 runs. Indians - Milton Bradley, .331 avg. and 13 SBs; Lawton, 15 HRs, 47 RBIs and 49 runs.
SEASON SERIES: Indians, 8-5.
STREAKS AND NOTES: White Sox - OF Ordonez was added to the AL All-Star team Saturday to replaced injured Boston OF Manny Ramirez (hamstring). … The White Sox are averaging just 3.7 runs over their last nine games. … 2B Alomar is batting just .229 (8-for-35) since being traded from the Mets to the White Sox on July 1. Indians - Cleveland is 11-6 since June 27. … OF Spencer is batting .422 (19-for-45) with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last 16 games. The homer was the 50th of his career. … OF Lawton was placed on the 15-day DL Saturday with a dislocated his right middle finger sustained in Friday’s 12-5 win. The Indians recalled rookie 1B Hafner to fill Lawton’s roster spot.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: White Sox - 18-31 on the road; Indians - 22-24 at home.
INJURIES: White Sox - LHP Kelly Wunsch (strained left side), 15-day DL. Indians - OF Lawton (finger), 15-day DL; INF John McDonald (back), 15-day DL; SS Omar Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL.