The White Sox bats stayed cold as they dropped a Saturday afternoon affair against the Cleveland Indians.
After Carlos Rodon went to the disabled list, there was uncertainty about who would start for the club in game two of this series. Manager Ricky Renteria gave the ball to 25-year-old Matt Foster for his first-career start. Exclusively a bullpen arm, Foster would be used as an opener in Saturday afternoon’s contest to counter Cleveland’s Zach Plesac.
- Foster: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
With Drew Anderson on the mound for the White Sox, Cesar Hernandez walked in the top of the fourth. Francisco Lindor flared a ball to left center and was able to advance to second, pushing Hernandez to third. With Carlos Santana up, a ball got by Yasmani Grandal that plated a run and pushed Lindor to third, making the score 1-0 Cleveland. In the same at-bat, ball four got by Grandal that scored Lindor to make it 2-0 Indians. Franmil Reyes got all of a pitch and sent it over the wall in center to extend the visitor’s lead to 4-0.
After a single, Jordan Luplow joined the party with a two-run shot to left to put Cleveland up by a score of 6-0. Anderson was pulled from the game for Ian Hamilton.
- Anderson: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- Hamilton: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
In the top of the sixth, Zack Burdi made his Major League debut. After all he has been through, including Tommy John surgery, it was a highly anticipated moment for him and his family. The Downers Grove, Illinois-native recorded his first-career strikeout against Indians’ catcher Beau Taylor. After DeShields reached on an infield single, Burdi struck out Hernandez to end the inning.
- Burdi: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Jace Fry came into the game to replace Burdi in the top of the seventh.
- Fry: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Adam Cimber replaced Plesac for the Indians in the bottom of the seventh.
- Plesac: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Cleveland added onto their lead in the eighth. With Steve Cishek on the mound for the Sox, Domingo Santana hit a no-doubter to make it 7-0 Indians.
Cam Hill took over for Cleveland in the bottom of the eighth. Yoan Moncada got the Sox on the board with a mammoth solo jack, 7-1.
- Hill: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
The Sox got nothing in their half of the ninth and dropped game two of the series 7-1. The rubber match will be aired on ESPN tomorrow night at 6:10 PM CT. Great pitching is in store as Lucas Giolito gets the ball for the South Siders against Shane Bieber for Cleveland.