The White Sox seemed entirely out of the game once the top of the first inning came to an end. It wasn’t until some ninth inning White Sox magic that made the game much closer than it should have been.
Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey gave up four first inning runs on 26 pitches. The big blow came on a Melky Cabrera three-run home run. Covey left a fastball right over the middle of the plate on a 3-2 pitch, and our old friend Melky deposited it into the right-field seats.
The Sox came back with one run in the bottom-half of the inning on a Daniel Palka RBI groundout. Yonder Alonso made a diving stop on the ball to prevent the Sox from getting more that inning.
The Indians came back with two more in the top of the second. Yeah, Covey was pretty bad today. Jason Kipnis lined an RBI single to center, and Yandy Diaz added an RBI knock to right field. Unfortunately, Yandy and Yonder were better than Yolmer and Co. today.
Covey couldn’t get through the third inning after allowing another walk. The right-hander finished his day throwing 2 2⁄3 innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hit and two walks. That dominant July performance in Seattle seems like a long time ago.
Hector Santiago covered a nice 3 2⁄3 innings after Covey’s departure. He gave up one unearned run and struck out five.
Tyler Danish relieved Santiago in the seventh and gave up two earned runs in his inning of work.
Overlooked by many was the eighth inning, in which Adam Engel once again defied the odds in the outfield. Alonso hit a high fly ball to right-center field that took Engel to the wall. It had plenty of hang time, so Engel leaped and brought the ball back for his third home run robbery of the series. Unreal. It was his best of the three.
But Engel didn’t stop there. In the bottom of the inning, he homered on a line drive to right-center field to cut the deficit to seven. Yolmer Sanchez added a solo shot himself later that inning.
So, the Sox were down 9-3 heading into the ninth inning, but they certainly made it interesting. After Avi Garcia got plunked by a Dan Otero pitch, the Sox rattled off three straight singles. Engel then came up and continued his magnificent day, tripling to the left-center field gap to bring home two runs.
But Cody Allen put an end to the ninth-inning fun by striking out Nickly Delmonico and Sanchez to close out the game.
The Sox drop to 42-75, while the Indians improve to 66-51. The Sox head to Detroit next for a three-game series.