Cleveland (84-56) – 10
White Sox (54-85) – 2
Indians Magic number is now 12.
Short and Sweet:
The Indians left little doubt if Clevelander’s who bought windows from Universal Windows Direct before July 31 were going to get them for free. The Cleveland based company offered free windows to any customer who bought them within their deadline if the Indians had a winning streak of 15 games this season, topping last season’s franchise record of 14.
Corey Kluber allowed two homers in the bottom of the first inning and it was all downhill from there.
For the White Sox, anyway.
Kluber came back and allowed those two homers but those were the only runs the White Sox could muster as the Indians went on to tack on seven more runs just for good measure.
Francisco Lindor launched a homer, Erik Gonzalez hit two out of the ballpark, Greg Allen hit a rocket for his first career homer. If this all sounds sort of basic, or mundane, it’s because it was. The Indians pounded the White Sox into submission so badly after Carlos Rodon was scratched before the start with shoulder soreness and Mike Pelfrey was the emergency starter.
Despite not having Jose Ramirez (wrist), Jay Bruce (neck) eventually Yandy Diaz (elbow) as well as the rest of their walking wounded, the Indians forced the White Sox to have backup catcher Rob Brantly to warm up in the bullpen in the first inning. He wound up pitching an inning and serving up Gonzalez’s second homer.
Lindor felt like he needed a new task after the game and took Carlos Carrasco‘s other hobby, broadcasting.
The Indians completed their 11 game road trip with 11 wins after winning four in a row at home before that trip and come home to face Baltimore this weekend on national TV Saturday and Sunday.
And the devastation..
Tribe Top Three:
#3:Lindor – 3-6, HR, 3B, RBI. Lindor got the offense rolling early and was a double shy of the cycle. Not a bad performance after going 0-5 in yesterday’s win.
#2: Gonzalez – 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI. Gonzalez’s homers didn’t make a huge dent in the win probability department since the Indians were running away early but he was playing for the injured Ramirez and clearly the power stayed at the position.
#1: Kluber – 7IP, 13Ks and three hits allowed (two first inning homers). Kluber passed Mel Harder for 7th on the Indians all-time strikeout list (1,161)