Tribe Bats Come Back to Life in Rout of Sox; Indians 11, White Sox 3
Bob Toth | On 02, Sep 2019
A little home cooking may have done the Indians some good. Back from a six-game road trip through Detroit and Tampa, the Cleveland lineup put up eleven runs in an 11-3 rout of the Chicago White Sox to start a four-game set from Progressive Field on Monday night.
The Indians backed starter Aaron Civale with runs in six of eight innings at the plate, including a three-run first and three more in the seventh to put the game away for good. It was hardly a well-pitched game for either club, as the two sides combined to throw 383 pitches while walking more batters (18) than they struck out (14) in a contest that ran four hours and seven minutes. Three errors between the two clubs added to the sloppy day on the field, as did rains in the early innings.
Cleveland jumped out to an early lead against former Indians left-hander Ross Detwiler. His rough adventure on the mound began after Civale let three reach in the first on a Leury Garcia leadoff single and back-to-back two-out walks by Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada, but a double play liner by Tim Anderson picked off Garcia before Eloy Jimenez stranded the pair of free passes with a strikeout looking. Francisco Lindor started the home half with a five-pitch walk. He stole second and moved to third on a fly out by Oscar Mercado. Carlos Santana could not get the run in as he grounded to short for the second out, but Yasiel Puig and Jordan Luplow each walked to load the bases. Franmil Reyes unloaded them with a blast off of the out-of-town scoreboard in left, putting the Indians up 3-0 on his bases clearing double. Roberto Perez followed with an infield single before the eighth man to bat, Yu Chang, grounded into a force at second.
Civale gave up a two-out walk to Yolmer Sanchez in the second, but had no further issues. The Indians stranded a pair in the bottom half as Lindor singled with one out before being caught stealing. Mercado walked and moved to third on a throwing error on a ball in play by Santana, but Puig popped out to second to leave two on base.
The White Sox cut into the lead in the third. Garcia got his second hit of the game with a leadoff double. He moved on to third on a fly to right by Anderson and scored on a groundout by Abreu. Moncada added a double to left and Jimenez singled to center, but Moncada was thrown out at the plate to keep it a two-run game.
The Indians responded with another run to knock Detwiler out of the game in the bottom of the third. Reyes drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a single to center by Perez. Chang loaded the bases with a walk and Mike Freeman came through with a sacrifice fly to center, pushing across Reyes to get the run right back while making it a 4-1 game. Carson Fulmer relieved for manager Rick Renteria with rain falling, but he got Lindor to line to left to strand two more.
Scoring continued into the fourth as both teams added runs to that column of the scoreboard. Matt Skole singled, but was forced out at second before Freeman airmailed the return throw to Santana on the double play attempt, allowing Welington Castillo to reach second safely. A double by Sanchez made it a 4-2 game. Civale kept the damage at one run as he got Adam Engel to foul out to Santana before Garcia popped out to second.
Cleveland struck through for a pair in its fourth trip to the dish. Puig doubled with two outs and Jake Bauers, pinch-hitting for Luplow, drove a 3-2 four-seamer over the plate the opposite way to left and off of the railing atop the 19-foot wall to give the Indians a 6-2 advantage.
The White Sox scored for a third straight inning against Civale in the fifth as they countered the Indians’ pair of runs with one more of their own. Anderson doubled to right on a missed diving catch by Puig, and he fired past the cutoff man to allow the runner to advance to third on the throwing error. Abreu fouled out, but Moncada got an RBI with a sacrifice fly to left to make it a 6-3 game. Jimenez struck out swinging with the final out of the inning.
That was to be the final out of Civale’s outing, as he completed a five-and-fly with three runs allowed (but only one earned) on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. The Indians bullpen, albeit sloppily, kept the Sox off of the scoreboard for the final four innings, while the Cleveland offense piled on some more support.
After a scoreless showing from the offense in the fifth and a three strikeout, one walk inning from Tyler Clippard in the top of the sixth, the Indians added another run in the sixth as Santana drove the seventh pitch of his one-out battle with Jace Fry over the wall in right-center for his 32nd homer of the season, putting Cleveland up by a 7-3 count.
Nick Goody loaded the bases in the seventh, giving up walks to Garcia and Moncada and a single to Anderson, but Adam Cimber got a much needed double play ball on a 3-6-1 twin killing on a grounder to first by Jimenez. PFP came in handy for the submariner, who had to hustle to beat Jimenez to the bag while securing the return throw from Lindor to complete the DP.
The Indians opened things up for good after the stretch against Manny Banuelos. Chang drew a one-out walk and Freeman doubled him over to third. Lindor joined in the scoring with a single to right-center and he moved up to second on a throw that missed the cutoff man. Mercado added a sacrifice fly to make it a 9-3 game and Santana singled in Lindor to make it 10-3.
For the second inning in a row, a Tribe reliever dealt with a bases loaded situation as Nick Wittgren pitched the eighth. After getting the first two batters, he issued back-to-back walks to Sanchez and Engel before Garcia singled to right to load the bases. He got out of his mess, getting Anderson to ground to second to leave the bags full of Sox.
Banuelos walked Bauers to start the bottom of the eighth and exited after being struck by a liner by Reyes that put two men on. Josh Osich, after warming up on the mound for his injured teammate, threw a wild pitch that moved both runners up 90 feet before striking out Kevin Plawecki swinging. Chang added one final run to the day’s tally with a grounder to short that scored Bauers.
Hunter Wood pitched a relatively uneventful ninth, giving up a two-out single to Jimenez before Skole flied to left to end it.
Cleveland moved to 80-58 on the season, maintaining its five and a half game deficit in the American League Central as the Minnesota Twins were victorious, 4-3, over the Detroit Tigers earlier in the day. The Indians remain entrenched in the AL Wild Card mix, as Tampa won its fifth straight to keep a half game lead over Cleveland for the first berth. Oakland lost to fall a game back of the second spot.
“I’ve got a dentist appointment in the morning and I feel like I’ve already been there,” said Indians manager Terry Francona after the game. “We set out to win the game. We did that. We were a little free and loose with the ball and we had too many walks, but we won the game. You don’t ever want to let that get lost. We did some things that aren’t going to put our best foot forward in some close games like that.”
Chicago (60-77) lost for the seventh straight game. The White Sox are now 7-6 against the Indians this season.
The bullpen behind Civale (3-3) somehow managed to keep the White Sox scoreless, despite allowing five walks and three hits over the final four innings. Clippard struck out three and walked one in an inning for his sixth hold of the year. Goody gave up a hit and walked two while retiring just one. Cimber needed three strikes to get two outs for his 18th hold. Wittgren gave up a hit and two walks with one strikeout in one inning of work, while Wood fired all nine of his pitches for strikes in the ninth, giving up just a two-out hit.
“I didn’t think he had a lot of life on his fastball tonight,” said Francona of his starter Civale. “Even his delivery, it didn’t have a ton of life. I thought getting through five was plenty. Then uncharacteristically we just started walking guys. We’re really pretty fortunate. Cimber comes in and gets that ground ball, that ball goes through the hole, it’s 6-5 and they have a rally.”
Detwiler dropped to 2-5 on the year in a sloppy outing. He threw 41 strikes and 40 balls while working behind to 12 of the 18 batters that he faced. He was charged with four runs on four hits in two and two-thirds innings, walking six along the way. Each of the next three relievers gave up runs for the Sox before Osich retired all three men that he faced in the eighth with a pair of strikeouts.
Both clubs had ample opportunities with runners on base and more specifically in scoring position. The Indians were the more successful, going 5-for-16 while leaving ten. Chicago was 3-for-12 while stranding a dozen Pale Hose on the base paths.
All nine Indians starters reached via hit or walk on the night. Santana went 2-for-5 with two runs batted in to push his average to .292. Lindor’s 2-for-4 nudged him within reach of the .300 mark at .298. Reyes had two hits and drove in three, while Perez had a pair of hits before leaving with a left foot contusion after fouling a pitch off of his foot during an at bat.
Garcia had three hits for the White Sox, while Anderson and Jimenez added a pair. Sanchez reached all four trips with a double and three walks. Seven of the club’s eight strikeouts on the night came from the five through seven hitters (Jimenez, Skole, and Castillo).
Chicago’s manager Renteria was ejected during the fifth inning after a very audible f-bomb was heard from the White Sox dugout, the eighth time that he has been ejected this season.
Prior to the game, the Indians activated the outfielder Luplow from the 10-day injured list. Fellow outfielder Tyler Naquin, who was lost for the season on Friday with a torn right ACL, took in the game from a suite.
First pitch from downtown Cleveland is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET on Tuesday night.
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