Tribe Errors Aid Sox as Chicago Moves Into Second-Place Tie; White Sox 6, Indians 1
Bob Toth | On 31, May 2019
The night began with a boom for the Cleveland Indians, but ended with a bust as four errors led to four unearned runs off of starter Trevor Bauer, while Dylan Covey settled in after some first inning woes to give the Chicago White Sox his best start of the season in a 6-1 win.
The Indians’ American League Central woes continued as the club dropped back below the .500 mark at 28-29 with their sixth defeat against the White Sox (28-29) this season. Worse, Chicago’s white hot streak continued to five straight games while the two teams are now tied in the divisional standings, ten and a half games in back of the Minnesota Twins.
Cleveland claimed a first batter lead as Francisco Lindor started the day’s scoring with a 1-1 home run 437 feet to the seats in right off of Covey for his eighth homer of the season. The Indians added two more base runners on a one-out single by Carlos Santana and a two-out double to right by Jose Ramirez, but Jake Bauers could not get the runners in as he flied out to left.
Bauer had to work around a first inning jam, loading the bases on a one-out single by Yoan Moncada, a two-out single by Yonder Alonso, and a walk by Eloy Jimenez. Charlie Tilson grounded out to Santana for the unassisted putout to keep it a 1-0 game.
The Indians missed a chance to add on in the second after Greg Allen singled to center to start the frame. He moved to second on a sacrifice by Roberto Perez and advanced to third on a groundout by Leonys Martin, but Lindor lined out to left to leave a runner 90 feet from the plate.
Bauer may have enacted some revenge in the bottom of the second in the first at bat by Yolmer Sanchez. After he curiously stole third in the bottom of the eighth inning with a big lead in Thursday’s White Sox win, Sanchez took a 96 MPH four-seamer to the back on the second offering from Bauer. The Tribe right-hander got the next two in order.
The White Sox got some help from the Indians in the third to take the lead. Moncada singled to left before Jose Abreu struck out swinging. An error by Lindor allowed Alonso to reach safely and put runners at second and third. Jimenez grounded to Ramirez at third, preventing the runners from advancing, but Tilson’s ground rule double just inside the foul line to left plated a pair to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead.
Chicago added three more in the fourth to effectively put the game away. Sanchez singled before Seby Zavala recorded his first big league hit with a single to right. Leury Garcia sacrificed, but Bauer went to third to try to cut down the lead runner and missed, loading the bases for Moncada, but he struck out swinging for the first out. Abreu sent a long fly ball to center for a sacrifice fly to score Sanchez to make it a 3-1 game. Alonso grounded to his counterpart at first, but the ball went off of the glove of Santana, allowing Zavala and Garcia to score, giving the White Sox a 5-1 advantage.
Two more errors in the fifth added another run to the scoreboard for the Sox. With one out, Tim Anderson reached on a wild throw from third baseman Mike Freeman. After he stole second, he scored on Sanchez’s single to right and a throwing error by Allen to make it a 6-1 score.
Covey allowed single base runners in the third, fourth, and fifth before the Indians got a runner into scoring position again in the sixth. Ramirez walked with one out and moved to second on a single to center by Bauers. Allen struck out on four pitches and Perez fouled out down the right field line to strand a pair.
Covey turned the game over to the bullpen for the seventh, with Josh Osich pitching a perfect inning and allowing a leadoff single to Santana but no further damage in the eighth.
Bauer continued his outing, retiring the side in order in the sixth and working around a one-out single by Tilson in the seventh. Tyler Olson gave up a single to Garcia with one down, but otherwise kept the White Sox away from the plate.
The bottom of the order had the task of trying to keep the game going in the ninth, but Juan Minaya set down the side in order, striking out Martin swinging to end it.
Covey earned his first win since August 31, 2018, with a quality showing for the White Sox. He worked six innings, giving up a run on eight hits with a walk and five strikeouts. He pitched from behind a lot and did not necessarily fool many Indians hitters, but he minimized the mistakes. The bullpen worked three scoreless innings to close out the night.
Bauer dropped to 4-5 and posted a winless May after a hot start to his season. He pitched seven innings, allowing six runs (just two earned) on nine hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. He threw just 30 of 111 pitches for balls and had the White Sox off-balance for stretches, including 21 swings and misses.
“I thought he competed, and I thought he pitched better than in a long time,” manager Terry Francona said after the game. “We put him in some horrible positions from the get go.”
Santana and Bauers each had a pair of hits for the Tribe. Lindor’s third pitch home run in the first marked the only scoring for the club, which went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position while stranding eight men.
“I don’t think we were ready to play tonight and that’s my fault,” said Francona. “Losing is one thing, but losing the way we did is unacceptable and we need to clean that up.”
The White Sox had four different two-hit games on the day. Tilson had a single and a double and drove in two. Sanchez was 2-for-3, scoring once, knocking in one, and reaching a third time via hit by pitch. Moncada and Alonso each had two singles on their stat sheet.
Game three of the four-game set is scheduled for a 2:10 PM ET first pitch from Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. The White Sox will send right-hander Ivan Nova (3-4 6.52 ERA) to the mound, while the Indians will counter with same-sider Jefry Rodriguez (1-5, 4.99).
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