Shane Bieber was too much to handle for the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader. The Cleveland Guardians’ offense got on the board early with all the runs they needed in the third inning. The Pale Hose collected just three hits on the afternoon.
Bieber Goes The Distance
Shane Bieber had his best game of the season. He threw an efficient nine-inning complete game, becoming the first Cleveland pitcher to do so with fewer than 100 pitches since Corey Kluber on Aug. 4, 2018. He allowed just one run on three hits and no walks while fanning seven. Bieber needed just 95 pitches (72 strikes) to mow down the White Sox in two hours and nine minutes.
Chicago called up Davis Martin from Triple-A Charlotte to start the first contest of the twin bill. He put together a fine performance, allowing four runs on eight hits in his six innings of work. The Guardians scored three times in the third on two-out hits, all of which came after a fielding gaffe – oddly ruled a hit – by Yoan Moncada.
Amed Rosario took advantage by smacking an RBI double, and two more crossed the plate on a single by Jose Ramirez. Tony La Russa drew criticism for pitching to Ramirez with two outs and first base open. Facing a similar situation in the fifth inning, the Sox skipper elected to put Ramirez on after a first-pitch strike from Martin.
Rosario struck again in the fifth with an RBI double.
Bieber’s only blemish of the day resulted from RBI single to left by Eloy Jimenez that scored Andrew Vaughn. It brought the tying run to the plate, but Gavin Sheets hit into an inning-ending double play.
The White Sox bullpen extended their scoreless innings streak to 12.2.
31 of the Sox’s first 49 out of the series have come on three pitches or fewer, per TV play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti.
What On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Guardians will play Game 2 of the doubleheader Tuesday night at 6:10 CT. Dylan Cease will take the mound for the South Siders against former Sox prospect Konnor Pilkington. The game will air on NBC Sports Net Chicago and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.
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