Tribe Rolled Again in Blowout by Sox; White Sox 9, Indians 1
Bob Toth | On 06, May 2019
Trevor Bauer was tagged for a career-high tying eight runs, seven of which were earned, in five-plus innings of work as the Cleveland Indians dropped their series opener with the Chicago White Sox, 9-1, on Monday night.
For the second straight game, the Indians (18-15) offense was shut down while another member of the starting rotation was hit hard. An uncharacteristic outing from Bauer led to him allowing runs in all but one inning in which he appeared, while the White Sox (15-18) scored in six of nine frames in the ball game to win in relatively easy fashion. After being provided with a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run home run from Yoan Moncada, Chicago starter Ivan Nova dealt with traffic on the bases all game long, but managed to strand runner after runner as the Indians failed to come through in the clutch.
The Indians managed ten hits on the game, including eight off of Nova, and had ample opportunities to score. The downside was that the club failed to deliver when those chances were in hand, going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position on the night while stranding eleven runners on base.
Some slumping bats got into action for the Indians, with two-hit performances from Jason Kipnis, Carlos Gonzalez, and Jake Bauers. All nine batters in the lineup reached base safely, with the two players held hitless (Carlos Santana, Roberto Perez) each drawing free passes.
Kipnis’ RBI-single in the bottom of the fifth capped off a three-hit inning for the Tribe, as Jordan Luplow and Tyler Naquin started the inning with back-to-back base hits to right before Perez and Francisco Lindor failed to come through on two of Nova’s five outs in the air in the game. Kipnis’ hit was the third of the inning to right and put runners on the corners, but Jose Ramirez flied to right in the best scoring chance of the day.
For Indians pitching, they took the dangerous Jose Abreu and Yonder Alonso out of the equation for much of the night. The two combined to go 1-for-10 with an Alonso single and run scored. Both batters struck out three times each against Tribe pitching.
The Indians once again had no answer for Nova, the veteran 32-year-old right-hander. Making his second start against Cleveland this season, Nova earned his first win of the year with seven more quality innings of work against the Sox’s division rival. He surrendered eight hits on the game, but he kept his pitch count in check well enough to retire 21 of the outs needed in an easy victory for the visiting club. He struck out five and found a way to keep the Indians pounding the ball on the ground, getting eleven outs via ten ground balls.
In his first start against the Indians on April 1 (Cleveland’s home opener), Nova lasted seven innings in a no-decision, allowing a run on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Monday’s contest was the first time in six trips to the mound that the White Sox have won a Nova start.
The Indians were retired in perfect order just two times on the night, while Nova faced the minimum in the third on a double play ball to erase Gonzalez after his leadoff bunt down the third base line against the shift. Against Nova, Cleveland stranded Kipnis at second after his first inning double, Ramirez and Santana on first and second with one out in the fourth, Naquin and Kipnis on the corners with two down in the fifth, and Gonzalez and Luplow on the corners after two singles in the sixth. Second-year right-hander Ryan Burr left two on in the eighth after a one-out walk and an infield single by Bauers to third with two outs, and Juan Minaya worked around two more on the corners in the ninth with only one out.
Bauer got into trouble early with some up and down results. He was at times unhittable, and at other times hit hard.
Leury Garcia started the game with a single to right-center to kick off a huge day at the plate and he jogged in on the two-run blast deep to right by Moncada (his seventh homer of the year). Bauer struck out the next three and retired the next three in order in the second, but his all-or-nothing efforts flared up again in the third. Charlie Tilson, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte earlier in the day, started the inning with a single to right. Garcia moved him to third with his second straight single and Tilson came in on a sacrifice fly to center by Moncada to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead. Bauer got out of the inning by striking out Abreu and Alonso swinging.
James McCann continued his hot hitting of late with a leadoff blast to left-center to start the fourth. His fourth of the season made it a 4-0 game. Bauer used the next 12 pitches to get a pop out before consecutive strikeouts of Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez.
Chicago added another run in a three-hit fifth. Tilson doubled for his second hit of the game and moved to third on the third single of the game by Garcia. Moncada continued his strong season numbers against the Indians with a double to right, scoring Tilson easily. Garcia was thrown out without a slide on the throw from Naquin to Lindor to Perez to keep the game 5-0.
After the Indians got on the board and made it a 5-1 game through five, Bauer returned for the sixth. Former teammate Alonso singled on a high fastball and McCann walked on four straight. Nicky Delmonico was plunked by a curveball to load the bases and Anderson, who had a playful exchange prior to the game via Twitter with Bauer regarding his bat flip habits, jumped on a first pitch curve at the bottom of the zone and drove a two-run single to center to break the game open at 7-1 while knocking Bauer out of the contest.
“This is one of those nights where everything went their way,” shared Bauer postgame. “They hit some really bad pitches really hard and they hit some really good pitches really hard. And then, even balls they miss-hit were hits. Just one of those nights, I guess.”
Neil Ramirez took over for Bauer and allowed an unearned run to cross (charged to Bauer) as Delmonico scored after a throwing error by Perez trying to prevent Anderson from stealing his MLB-leading 12th base of the campaign. Adam Cimber allowed an inherited runner to score in the top of the eighth after Delmonico doubled off of Nick Wittgren. A single by Anderson and another from Sanchez pushed across the ninth and final run.
IN THE REARVIEW
The Indians will look to put two ugly losses behind them on Tuesday night as they host the White Sox in game two of the four-game weekday set. The Indians will call up second-year right-hander Jefry Rodriguez (0-1, 2.13 ERA) from Triple-A Columbus prior to the game, with a corresponding roster move needed to add him to the 25-man roster. The White Sox will go with right-hander Lucas Giolito (2-1, 5.32).
First pitch from Progressive Field is scheduled for 6:10 PM ET.
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