Tired Tribe Slumbers to Defeat in Windy City; White Sox 10, Indians 4
Bob Toth | On 30, May 2019
A late arrival to Chicago did the Cleveland Indians no favors as the club was shelled in a 10-4 final against the White Sox on Thursday night.
A lengthy finale with the Red Sox in Boston on Wednesday night and the ensuing flight to Chicago may have led to a sluggish effort from the Indians on Thursday night in the opener of their four-game series with the White Sox. Carlos Carrasco’s strong numbers against Chicago this month disappeared, as he allowed six runs over six and one-third innings, and the offense could not make up the difference in their third look of the season at left-hander Manny Banuelos.
The Indians kept the game somewhat close in the early innings before the White Sox scored five runs in their final two trips to the plate against Carrasco and Dan Otero to break the game wide open. The 28-year-old Banuelos was looking to end a four-game losing streak, all in the month of May, while looking to defeat the Indians for the first time this season. He put up one of his better outings, and a solid White Sox bullpen limited the Indians to just one run over the final three and two-thirds innings to win their fourth straight game.
The White Sox scored first in the bottom of the second to take an early lead. Banuelos worked around a two-out double by Jason Kipnis in the bottom of the second before his team used three straight hits to open the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Carrasco left a changeup over the plate to former Indian Yonder Alonso, who doubled to right. James McCann reached on an infield single to short to put runners on the corners and Eloy Jimenez delivered a 2-2 double to left that scored both men on base to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. Carrasco got the next three to leave another run at third base.
The Indians struck back against Banuelos to tie the game in the third. With one down, Greg Allen singled to left. Francisco Lindor worked a walk and Oscar Mercado was plunked on the leg by a 1-2 fastball to load the bases. Cleveland RBI-leader Carlos Santana slugged a single to deep center, scoring both Allen and Lindor to tie the game at two. With a pair in scoring position after a wild pitch advanced Santana to second, Banuelos got Jordan Luplow to pop to second before an intentional walk of Jose Ramirez. Kipnis fouled out to third on an 0-2 pitch to leave the bases loaded.
The missed opportunity for more scoring in the top of the third would haunt the Indians as the White Sox reclaimed the lead with a two-run response in the home half. Yoan Moncada singled to right with one out before he was forced at second on a fielder’s choice by Jose Abreu. Alonso came through again against his former teammate, homering to right to give the White Sox a 4-2 lead.
Banuelos kept the Indians at bay over his next two frames, getting a double play ball to erase a leadoff walk in the fourth by Roberto Perez before retiring the side in order in the fifth. The White Sox rewarded his efforts with another run in the bottom of the inning, as Leury Garcia doubled to center to start the inning, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Abreu to make it a 5-2 game.
Luplow got the run back in the sixth with a leadoff homer to right-center to cut the deficit to two at 5-3. Banuelos got Ramirez to fly to left and exited after a Kipnis single, but former Indians reliever Evan Marshall got Perez to ground into a double play.
Carrasco gave up a pair of one-out singles in the sixth, but stranded the pair. He was less lucky in the seventh after opening the frame with a leadoff single allowed to Garcia. He struck out Moncada before turning the game over to Otero, whose second pitch of the night was sent over the wall in left by Abreu for a crushing two-run home run to make it a 7-3 Chicago lead.
Aaron Bummer pitched a perfect eighth before the White Sox put the game away for good. Jimenez singled to right and was replaced on the bases by Ryan Cordell. He moved to second on a groundout by Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez knocked him home with a single to left, aided by an error by Allen. Charlie Tilson flied to left before Sanchez made the curious decision with a late inning big lead to steal third, which allowed him to score easily on a wild pitch on the next offering by Otero to make it 9-3. Garcia singled to center two pitches later and scored on a double by Moncada over the head of Allen in left to give the White Sox a comfortable seven-run lead.
The Indians did not go out without a fight, forcing manager Rick Renteria to burn two bullpen arms in the ninth. Jace Fry opened the inning, but the left-hander gave up a double to Ramirez before retiring Kipnis on a diving catch in right by Cordell. Perez walked before Jake Bauers grounded out. With two in scoring position but down to their final out, the Indians were gifted a run on a throwing error by Anderson after a grounder by Allen to keep the game alive at 10-4. Fry walked Lindor, bringing Renteria to the mound for Jose Ruiz, who struck out Mercado looking with the bases loaded to end it.
Cleveland dropped to 28-28 on the season and just 4-5 against Chicago, which moved to 27-29 with its fourth straight win to move a game behind the Indians for second place in the American League Central.
Carrasco saved the Tribe bullpen, but he did not give the team much of a chance to win. He was charged with six runs on ten hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in six and one-third innings. He dropped to 4-6 on the season with a 4.98 ERA. Otero was charged with four more runs in an inning and two-thirds.
Banuelos won his first game in a month and moved to 3-4 on the year with a 7.36 ERA. He allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five and one-third innings in one of his better starts of the season.
Garcia had three hits out of the leadoff spot and scored three times for the Sox. Jimenez had a three-hit game and drove in a pair. Abreu had just one hit in five trips, but drove in three while scoring twice. Alonso paid back his former team with a 2-for-3 day, scoring twice and pushing two across.
The Indians had just six hits on the game, with two coming from Kipnis. Santana had a pair of RBI. Mercado had a tough day at the plate, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The team was just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Luplow’s seventh homer of the season was his fourth this year off of Banuelos and his fifth against White Sox pitching.
“I just think my approach plays into what he’s throwing,” Luplow said after the loss.
The two clubs will resume their four-game set on Friday night in an 8:10 PM ET start. Right-hander Dylan Covey (0-4, 5.47 ERA) will be the first to the mound for the White Sox, looking for his first win since August 31 of last season. Trevor Bauer (4-4, 3.99 ERA) will draw the starting nod for Cleveland, in search of his first win in May.
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