After a disappointing White Sox loss in game one of Tuesday's doubleheader, Carlos Rodon got the ball for the South Siders in the second contest of the day against the Cleveland Indians. Adam Plutko kept the visitors at bay as the Tribe swept the day.
Jose Ramirez got his first hit in the pair of games with a double in the bottom of the first. Francisco Lindor followed with a double of his own to make it 1-0 Indians. Carlos Santana tomahawked a ball over the 19-foot wall in left field to extend the home team’s lead to 3-0.
In the second inning, James McCann hit his second dinger of the year, a solo shot to trim the Cleveland lead to 3-1.
In the fourth with two runners on and Steve Cishek in for Rodón, Oscar Mercado singled to bring two runs home. That would extend the Tribe’s lead to 5-1.
Shortly after, Jose Abreu drifted a ball over the centerfield wall to make it 5-2. It was the White Sox second home run of the game.
Fast forward to the eighth, Abreu laced a ball into right-center for a double, leaving him a triple shy of the cycle. Immediately after, with a full count, Nicky Delmonico sprayed a ball down the left-field line to plate Abreu and make it 5-3 Cleveland. This was just the second run the Indians’ bullpen had given up this season. The first was surrendered to the Sox in game one.
Rookie pitcher Cam Hill came in for Terry Francona in the ninth with a two-run lead. He retired the side in order to clamp down his first-career save and ink the Indians’ second win of the day. The White Sox moved to 1-4, while Cleveland improved to an AL Central best 4-1.
The final game of the series is today at 5:10 PM CT. Lucas Giolito will start for the Sox and Zach Plesac takes the hill for the Indians.
A positive note from all of this is that Luis Robert has a five-game hitting streak. Alex Colome finally got a chance to pitch in 2020 and looked great, retiring the side in his one inning of work. It's been a frustrating pair of games -- actually three games if you date back to Sunday. The White Sox offense has shown glimpses of power, but when starting pitchers give up runs right off the bat, pun intended, it’s pretty difficult to win baseball games. Honestly, it makes me question not Yasmani Grandal, but Don Cooper. The amount of times a pitcher gets talked up about how amazing he could be only to see him get lit up on countless occasions is ridiculous. Additional positives include James McCann and Jose Abreu, but again, if the pitching doesn’t figure things out, it’ll be a long 60 games for both fans and the White Sox.