White Sox pitching silenced the Cleveland Indians on Friday night to move into second place in the American League Central.
Starters Aaron Civale and Dylan Cease threw a pair of gems for their respective clubs, but Cease and the Sox pen were just a bit better.
In the bottom of the first, Luis Robert reached on a leadoff walk and was pushed to third by a roped single from Yoan Moncada. Jose Abreu grounded into a double play that plated Robert to make it 1-0 White Sox.
In the top of the fifth, Bradley Zimmer walked to begin the inning. It was the fourth straight leadoff walk surrendered by Cease. Delino DeShields also walked. Cesar Hernandez reached on an infield single to load the bases. Cease was able to wiggle out of danger to keep the game 1-0.
In the top of the sixth with Aaron Bummer now on the mound for the Sox, Santana singled. Franmil Reyes walked. Jordan Luplow pinch-hit for Zimmer and grounded into a double play to end the inning. Still 1-0 Sox.
Adam Engel reached on a throwing error in the bottom of the sixth. He then went first-to-third on a single by Luis Robert to put runners at the corners. After a strikeout by Moncada, Abreu grounded into another double play to end the threat.
With two outs in the Tribe’s half of the seventh, DeShields walked for the third time. Hernandez chopped one back to Bummer that was sloppily thrown to first, allowing Hernandez to reach safely. On a pitch to Jose Ramirez, Bummer experienced an injury that forced him from the game. Evan Marshall came in to replace him. With Ramirez now hitting left-handed, he smacked a ball that hooked foul down the right field line, then lined a ball that Engel was able to grab in right to end yet another threat. 1-0 White Sox. The report on Bummer was left bicep soreness. He landed on the injured list today.
In the Sox seventh, James McCann singled up the middle with one out. Danny Mendick got his second hit of the night, a single with two outs. Zack Collins recorded the final out of the inning to keep it 1-0.
In the Cleveland eighth, Santana walked for the team’s eighth free pass of the night. Reyes singled sharply up the middle to put two on with one out. Luplow flew out to left. Mike Freeman would then pinch-hit for Oscar Mercado and flew out to right to end the inning.
Nick Wittgren entered the game for the Indians and was greeted by an Engel solo bomb to extend the White Sox lead to 2-0.
Alex Colomé came into the game to close things out for the Sox. He was able to retire the side in order to give the Sox their eighth win of the year and put them in second place behind Minnesota. Game two of the series will get underway today at 1:10 PM CT.
It feels good to be back in the win column against a Cleveland team who came in hot. Aaron Civale threw a gem but Dylan Cease was able to silence any danger he put himself in. It’s quite nice to know that if the bats aren’t going, White Sox pitching can pick up the slack. The Aaron Bummer injury is just that, a bummer. This team is riddled with injuries and while we’re hoping everyone can return healthy, props to the rest of the club for putting together a decent start to 2020.