White Sox Score in Every Inning as They Trounce Tribe; White Sox 11, Indians 4
Bob Toth | On 12, Sep 2016
The Chicago White Sox accomplished a rare feat on Monday night, scoring in each of the eight innings that they stepped to the plate in easily rolling past the Cleveland Indians in an 11-4 final.
It was just one of those nights for the Indians (83-60), who fell to 2-2 on their second-to-last road trip of the season. A win in Detroit by the Tigers over the Minnesota Twins held the team’s magic number at 14 as its lead in the American League Central shrank back to six games.
The White Sox (69-74) took an early lead and, after surrendering it briefly in the second, slowly chipped away at the Indians pitching staff the rest of the night to claim a victory and pull closer to the .500 mark while improving to 39-32 in Chicago this year.
The Pale Hose struck for a run in the bottom of the first as Adam Eaton drew a leadoff walk against Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco. He moved to second on a single by Tim Anderson and to third on a groundout by Melky Cabrera before Jose Abreu knocked him in with a grounder to short.
Cleveland erupted for three in the next half inning. Jose Ramirez doubled to right-center off of Chicago’s Miguel Gonzalez and scored on a single to left from Lonnie Chisenhall. He scored on a double from Rajai Davis as the Indians took a 2-1 lead. After a flyout to center by Tyler Naquin moved Davis to third, a single to center by Roberto Perez made it a 3-1 game.
The Indians would do little else offensively the rest of the night.
A one-out single from Avisail Garcia, one of his four hits in the game, was made all the more harmful as Chisenhall committed his first of two errors on the night, allowing Garcia to go to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly from Omar Narvaez to cut the deficit to one.
Anderson started the third with a single to left, stole second, and scored on a double from Abreu, who drove in his second run in three innings to tie the game at three.
Garcia started the fourth with a deep drive to left-center off of Carrasco as the Sox scored for the fourth straight inning and took a 4-3 lead. Anderson added another run two outs later, driving in Narvaez after his double to extend their advantage by two runs while ending the night of the Cleveland starter.
The White Sox continued to pile on from there against the Indians bullpen, getting a solo homer from Eaton in the sixth and an RBI-double from Tyler Saladino to score Garcia in the seventh before he scored on a single from Eaton to make it 9-3.
The Indians returned to the scoreboard just one more time on the night as Mike Napoli destroyed a 3-1 pitch in the eighth for his 33rd homer and 94th RBI of the season, both career highs.
A two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the eighth by Todd Frazier, his 36th, scored runs ten and eleven for Chicago.
GONZALEZ SURVIVES EARLY BUMP
Gonzalez (4-6, 3.82 ERA) improved his career mark to 4-0 against the Indians lifetime with a quality start for the Sox on Monday.
He lasted six and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts on the night while throwing 66 of 96 pitches for strikes.
GARCIA GOES FOR FOUR
Garcia had a career-high tying four hits on the night off of Indians pitching to lift his batting average to .254. He scored three times, aided by a homer and three singles.
CARRASCO COULD NOT SLOW SOX
Carrasco (11-8, 3.32 ERA) was the first of seven Indians pitchers on the night and lasted just three and two-thirds innings. He was charged with five runs, just four of which were earned, on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts on the night.
“Those guys came in very aggressive and hit everything,” Carrasco said. “You just move on and tomorrow is another day.”
“Carlos’ stuff was too good for that and it’s not just on Carlos,” said Tribe manager Terry Francona. “We didn’t make plays, we made errors, we had cross ups. That’s as about as bad a game as we’ve played in a while. Hopefully, we get it out of our system tonight and play like we can.”
SALAZAR SHUT DOWN
Salazar will miss the next three to four weeks after an MRI revealed a mild strained right forearm flexor muscle on Monday. The All-Star will be shut down for the next ten days and will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection on Tuesday. At the present time table, Salazar would not pitch during the rest of the regular season and would be in jeopardy of missing the start to the American League playoffs.
“The one thing we want to do is get him healthy, make sure he knows he’s healthy, because that’s important and then if it fits somewhere, good,” said Francona. “But the biggest thing is to get him healthy.”
A pair of eleven-game winners will go for a cool dozen on Tuesday night.
Left-hander Jose Quintana (11-10, 3.13) will throw the first pitch of the night at 8:10 PM ET. He looks to rebound from a couple of rough starts to begin his month of September.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer (11-6, 3.86) will counter for Cleveland, looking to exceed last year’s career-best eleven wins while earning a third straight win in the month of September.
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