Any hopes of a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Guardians were erased after the series opener ended in disaster for the Chicago White Sox. The relentless Guardians tallied five runs in the 11th inning to put the Sox away 10-7. Cleveland clinched the season series and earned a tiebreaker in the AL Central.
Dylan Cease didn’t have his best command and needed 50 pitches to get through the first two innings. AJ Pollock could not run down a fly ball down the left field line in the second when he stumbled into foul territory. Andres Gimenez reached third on the play and Austin Hedges plated him for the first run of the game.
Cease didn’t allow much and still managed to finish six innings with 107 pitches. He fanned just three hitters – his season low – and allowed four hits and three walks.
Guardians' starter Aaron Civale held the White Sox to three hits and no runs through the first five innings. The South Siders finally got to him and reliever Nick Sandlin in the sixth. Eloy Jimenez got the Sox on the board with a bases-loaded no-out RBI single. Two more runs crossed home plate when Pollock beat out a near double play and Amed Rosario’s throw skipped past first baseman Owen Miller.
However, the pesky Guardians struck back in the seventh with two runs to tie it off of reliever Jimmy Lambert. Lambert walked the first two hitters and both turned into runs thanks to singles by Steven Kwan and Jose Ramirez. The White Sox caught a break when Rosario tried to score from second on the play and was tagged out at home. He appeared to beat the Seby Zavala’s tag but the Guardians had already used their challenge.
Extra Innings Again
Josh Naylor’s single and Oscar Gonzalez's sacrifice fly plated two runs against Kendall Graveman in the 10th. The White Sox tied it in the bottom half when Gavin Sheets reached on an infield single. Pinch-runner Leury Garcia was out at second on Elvis Andrus’ fielders choice but it allowed ghost runner Zavala to score. Andrus stole second and Abreu drove him in with a single to right. But this only prolonged the inevitable.
The Guardians erupted with five runs in the 11th, led by Myles Straw's two-run double to break the tie. Steven Kwan followed with his fourth hit to score Straw and finish off the White Sox. Kwan scored on Ramirez's sacrifice fly, and a throwing error by Zavala allowed Rosario to score. Cleveland reliever Bryan Shaw sealed the win despite giving up a two-run homer to Pollock in the bottom half of the inning.
News and Notes
Tim Anderson continued baseball-related activities before the game. He may be able to return this week.
Johnny Cueto said he’s healthy enough to make his start Thursday after a sinus infection. “I felt weak, and my vision wasn't right," the veteran said.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Cleveland Guardians will send Triston McKenzie to the mound Wednesday and the Chicago White Sox will counter with Lance Lynn. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.
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