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Game Nine: Indians 2, White Sox 1

Box Score
Win Probability Graph @ Fangraphs

Highest WPA:

CC Sabathia .470
Joe Borowski .168
Jhonny Peralta .109

Lowest WPA:

David Dellucci -.101
Trot Nixon -.069
Travis Hafner -.064

After Grady Sizemore lead off the game with a double, the Indians went hitless the rest of the way. They also won the game, thanks to CC Sabathia, the weather, White Sox errors, and a lucky bounce.

Sabathia went eight innings, laboring towards the end of his start, but ultimately holding Chicago at bay. The final out of the eighth inning glanced off CC's hand and bounded right towards third baseman Casey Blake, who threw out Rob Mackowiak at first; had the ball went any other direction, Pablo Ozuna would have scored from third to tie the game.

Joe Borowski closed the game for his fifth save, in his best appearance of the season. The only hit of the inning came on a ground ball off Jim Thome's bat that found a hole in the infield shift.

Neither offense looked very good, and the weather had much to do with it. A gusting wind was blowing straight in from right field, holding up any fly ball hit to the outfield. The Indians also continued to struggle with runners on base, and Travis Hafner is currently hitting .212/.341/.333. Victor Martinez has missed a week's worth of games due to injury, and Cliff Lee has yet to make a start. But in spite of this, the team has won each of their first three series, and has a 6-3 record.

Next Up: A true road trip, starting in soggy New York on Tuesday. Jake Westbrook vs. TBD, 7:05 PM