Yesterday, the Chicago White Sox could only muster two hits as the offense was lifeless in the series finale against Kansas City.
Tonight, the Chicago White Sox bashed 16 hits and scored in every inning to beat the Cleveland Indians, 11-4. Last time the Sox scored in every inning?
First inning: Adam Eaton leads off the inning with a walk and Tim Anderson followed up with a bloop single to right. Melky Cabrera hit a rocket up the middle but Cleveland's starting pitcher, Carlos Carrasco, knocked it down. Unfortunately for him, there was too much speed on the basepath's and the only play was at first. With the infield back, Jose Abreu hit a grounder to short driving in Eaton giving Chicago the 1-0 lead.
Second inning: Down 3-1, Avisail Garcia hit a duck snort to right. Seemed like an innocent hit, but Chisenhall mishandled the grounder as the ball rolled all the way to the wall. That allowed Avi to reach third with a single and a two-base error on Chisenhall. Omar Narvaez would drive the run in with a sacrifice fly to center, but it required a nifty slide by Avi to beat out the throw at home. The lead was cut to 3-2.
Third inning: Anderson led it off with a single, his 28th multi-hit game this season, and stole second base for his 10th steal. Jose Abreu would drive Anderson home with a rocket of a double down the left field line (exit velocity: 107.8 mph) to tie the game.
Fourth inning: Avi smashed his 11th home run of the year that traveled 437 feet, giving Chicago the 4-3 lead. Narvaez followed that up with a double down the right field line, and would later score on Anderson's RBI single. A lot of credit is due to Narvaez as he avoided a tag at the plate to score the fifth run.
Fifth inning: With Abreu on first, Todd Frazier got into the act with a single to right, and again Chisenhall misplayed the hop for his second error of the night as runners advanced into scoring position. With two out, Narvaez would strike out swinging, but Perez could handle the pitch thus activating #PASSEDBALLOFFENSE with Abreu sliding across home giving the Sox a 6-3 lead.
Sixth inning: Adam Eaton hit his 13th homer, now just one shy of his career high of 14 he hit a year ago.
Seventh inning: Avi singled for his third hit of the night, and would score on Tyler Saladino's double to center making it 8-3. Eaton picked up another RBI thanks the official scorer giving him a single on a play that Jason Kipnis should have handled. Instead, it deflected off his glove to center, and Saladino hustled home making it 9-3.
Eighth inning: After JB Shuck had walked, Todd Frazier hit his 36th home run of the season, setting a new career high.
A very satisfying performance to earn the team's 69th win.
Cleveland had the lead after an inning and a half. In the second, Jose Ramirez "doubled" to center which was a poor read by Eaton on a shallow fly ball. Then Lonnie Chisenhall singled, Rajai Davis doubled, and Roberto Perez single to make it 3-1 Indians. Mike Napoli hit his 33rd home run in the eighth off newcomer Blake Smith.
- Avisail Garcia collected his third four-hit game of his career.
- Melky Cabrera and Justin Morneau were the only starters without a hit.
- Miguel Gonzalez remains undefeated in his career against Cleveland, improving to 4-0. After a rough second inning, Gonzalez regained control of the game pitching 6 2/3 IP and finished with a line of 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 4 K. That's now back-to-back good starts against divisional opponents for Gonzalez, which is a breath of fresh air after watching Anthony Ranaudo pitch.
- Finally, the game time was 3:30 thanks to Indians manager Terry Francona. In total, Francona made six pitching changes after starter Carlos Carrasco only lasted 3 1/3 innings.