The White Sox offense certainly didn’t look like it was facing a pitcher for the third time this season.
Mike Clevinger took the mound on Tuesday night for the Indians and once again dominated the White Sox. Clevinger has now gone at least into the seventh inning in each of his starts against the Sox this season.
The Sox batting order certainly doesn’t have many standouts, but you gotta give credit to Clevinger — he’s proven he’s a solid top-of-the-rotation starter.
The right-hander finished the night going 7 2⁄3 innings of one-run ball. He gave up five hits and walked just two to go along with 10 strikeouts. He received a well-earned standing ovation from the 20,394 at Progressive Field.
On the other side, Carlos Rodon ran into some trouble in the second inning. Rodon’s control got away from him, as he walked two and hit a batter in the inning. He gave up four runs by the time he got Michael Brantley to ground out to end the inning.
After that, Rodon looked like the top-end pitcher the Sox hope he can develop into for the future. The big man went 6 1/3 innings, giving up those four runs to go along with five hits and five strikeouts. Overall, not a bad rebound performance from his last outing.
On another positive note, Yoan Moncada is quietly having a good series. Yes, the strikeouts are certainly frustrating, but he doubled twice tonight and drove in two. He also scored a run. Last night, Moncada went 2-3 with a walk.
People discussed Moncada as a possible All-Star candidate before he went on the DL. He obviously won’t be in the discussion now, but hopefully he’s getting some of that rhythm back.
The Sox are currently riding a six-game losing streak and stand at 24-48. It’s not pretty now, but with the minor league All-Star festivities happening this week, look for some promotions within the system to look forward to.