Cleveland Indians: 5
Chicago White Sox: 3
Short and Sweet
Trevor Bauer came in hot, looking to extend the Indians 11 game winning streak, and things got even hotter as the game went on. After striking out Avasail Garcia in the fourth and telling him to sit down, Bauer hit 98 while striking out Matt Davidson. The White Sox would strike back against Bauer the following inning, however, as Rymer Liriano hit one out to center, his first hit for the White Sox this year and first home run since 2014.
The Sox didn’t get on the board until after the Indians had already done some damage against James Shields. In the second, Carlos Santana started things off with a solo home run, then Yandy Diaz doubled and Roberto Perez doubled him home. In the fourth they’d add one more when Santana singled then later scored on Francisco Mejia‘s first career hit and RBI.
The Indians added another in the seventh and it cost the White Sox a lot more than a run. Abraham Almonte started the inning with a walk, then Francisco Mejia blasted a ball 104 MPH off Shields’ knee. While Omar Narvaez was able to get Mejia out at first, Almonte reached second safely and Shields had to come out of the game. Francisco Lindor would then score Almonte with a single to increase the Indians lead to two.
Trevor Bauer’s night would end one out into the 7th, striking out 9 and allowing just three hits and two runs. Joe Smith came on to finish the inning, but gave up two hits instead with Liriano again coming through with an RBI double. With two outs, Tyler Olson would come to the rescue and finish the inning. Jose Ramirez added another run in the 8th on a solo homer, then Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen finished things out for the Tribe’s 12th straight win.
With the loss, the White Sox have been officially eliminated from the Central division race.
Tribe Top Three
3. Carlos Santana – 1B – 11% of vote
Santana put the Indians on the board first with a solo home run in the second, then scored after singling later. He also made a fine defensive stop.
2. Francisco Mejia – DH – 23% of vote
While it may not have been as important to the win as Carlos Santana’s home run or Roberto Perez’s two doubles, Mejia’s first career hit and RBI deserve distinction.
1. Trevor Bauer – SP – 55% of vote
Bauer went 6.1 innings and struck out nine, allowing just three hits and one walk (plus two hit batters). He has now went at least five innings in his last nine starts and allowed four or fewer runs in each game. For his effort, he’s earned the win in eight of those nine starts.
Ramirez walked early in the game, then hit a home run in the 8th to extend the lead.
Roberto Perez hit two doubles and knocked in a run.
Francisco Lindor singled twice and walked.