It took extra innings at Guaranteed Rate Field to decide Sunday’s White Sox vs. Indians rubber match.
Lucas Giolito and Shane Bieber pitched well for their respective teams. Both offenses struggled to put things together until the late going. This was the first extra-innings affair for the White Sox and it didn’t end how fans would have hoped.
The White Sox opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second. Jose Abreu hit a solo home run to left, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead.
The Indians clawed right back in their half of the third. Michael Freeman doubled to left. Sandy Leon drew a walk. Cesar Hernandez drove home Freeman to tie the game at 1-1. Jose Ramirez followed with an RBI knock of his own to give Cleveland a 2-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the sixth, James McCann absolutely demolished a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2.
After Yoan Moncada walked, Yasmani Grandal roped a double in the gap that scored Moncada from first to give the Sox a late 3-2 lead.
Both Bieber and Giolito were replaced. Bieber in the seventh, Giolito in the eighth.
- Bieber: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
- Giolito: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 9 K
In the top of the eighth with two outs and Evan Marshall on the hill, Carlos Santana walked again. Franmil Reyes gapped one to left center that scored the tying run for Cleveland, 3-3.
Alex Colomé entered the game for the Sox in the top of the ninth. With two outs, Bradley Zimmer was hit by a pitch. Hernandez was the beneficiary of catcher’s interference on a ball that may have ended the inning. Instead, Zimmer to second, Hernandez to first. Colomé was able to get Ramirez to bounce out to end the threat.
The game would go into extra innings beginning with Ramirez on second for the Indians. Jimmy Cordero manned the hill for the Sox. Lindor flew out to center with no advancement from the runner. Carlos Santana grounded a ball that Moncada couldn’t handle. It put runners at the corners with one out for Delino DeShields. The squeeze play was executed to give the Tribe a 4-3 lead. Domingo Santana grounded into a 6-4 fielder’s choice for the second out. Freeman followed with an RBI single to extend Cleveland’s lead to 5-3.
In the bottom of the tenth, Brad Hand took over for Cleveland. Nomar Mazara was the runner at second. Luis Robert flew out to left. On the play, Mazara tagged and advanced to third with one out. McCann blooped one to center that scored Mazara to make it a 5-4 game. Ryan Goins pinch ran for McCann at first. Danny Mendick drew a walk to put the tying run at second, still with one out. With Leury Garcia up, mother nature started to pour down. The umpires then pulled the players off the field for a rain delay. When play resumed, Oliver Perez entered the game in place of Hand. He got Garcia on one pitch. Moncada struck out to end the game.
I’m really not a fan of the extra innings rule that places a runner on second with no outs. In the minors, they put a runner there with one out. It was not a good way to end the weekend for the South Siders. Giolito pitched okay. He could have done without the walks, obviously. The bats just aren’t going right now. Credit them for staying in this game, but they’re nowhere near where they were a week ago. Eloy Jimenez is struggling lately and Yoan Moncada didn’t look good at the plate today outside of an opposite-field double. The team will hit the road to Detroit to take on the Tigers tomorrow night at 6:10 PM CT when Dallas Keuchel will take the hill. Detroit is playing pretty good baseball as of late, as they sit in second place in the AL Central with a record of 8-5.