Game one of the doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians did not go the visitors’ way on Tuesday afternoon.
In the bottom of the first with one out and Cesar Hernandez on first, who led off with a single, Francisco Lindor turned around a 97-mph fastball to give the Indians an early 2-0 lead. It was the second home run that Lindor has hit off of Cease in as many games.
Just an inning later, Bradley Zimmer hit the second long ball of the afternoon for the Tribe. It was a solo shot to make it 3-0 bad guys. Another laboring inning took Cease over 50 pitches.
Tim Anderson added to the homer parade, hitting a solo jack in the top of the third to trim the White Sox deficit to 3-1. It was the first scuff on Aaron Civale’s afternoon.
Cleveland got right back in the scoring column in the third. Carlos Santana reached on a single with one out. Michael Freeman got hit by a pitch. Daniel Johnson singled up the middle to load the bases. This sequence chased Cease from the game and Jace Fry entered from the bullpen. Zimmer continued his productive day with a single to left that added a run to make it 4-1 Indians.
The White Sox offense had a golden opportunity to get to Civale in the fourth. Jose Abreu led off with a double. Edwin Encarnacion reached as did Nicky Delmonico, but a pair of groundballs allowed Cleveland to escape with no damage done and the score remaining 4-1.
With a pair of runners on, manager Ricky Renteria made his second call to the bullpen to swap Fry for Jimmy “Biceps” Cordero. Santana would be the first batter he faced, to whom he allowed a full-count walk to load the bases. Cordero averted a crisis, however, as Freeman would fly out to Adam Engel to end the frame.
Tim Anderson grabbed his second hit of the day with a one-out double in the fifth. Yoan Moncada then dropped a single into center that allowed Anderson to advance. On the play, a throw to third allowed Moncada to advance to second base. Jose Abreu grounded out to short, but Anderson scored to make it 4-2. Civale was then gifted a few pitches that retired Yasmani Grandal to end the inning.
To start the seventh inning against reliever James Karinchak, Adam Engel drew a walk. Anderson then struck out on a ball in the dirt that allowed Engel to advance to second with one out.
The White Sox had another golden opportunity to tie or take the lead in the eighth with the bases loaded, but Indians’ reliever Nick Wittgren pitched out of the jam to keep the score at 4-2.
With Brad Hand on the bump for the Indians, Anderson continued his hot afternoon with a leadoff double to start the ninth for the White Sox. Yasmani Grandal recorded his first RBI with the team by singling to left to score Anderson to cut the deficit to 4-3. Edwin Encarnacion finished the game with a strikeout.
With many opportunities that passed the Sox offense, it was a frustrating afternoon. Catch game two of the doubleheader soon as Carlos Rodón looks to continue his success against Cleveland. After, catch the latest edition of the Sox On Tap Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.