Well, that was a game to forget.
Cleveland took exception to the White Sox’s four home runs last night and hit five of its own on Tuesday afternoon.
White Sox starter Manny Banuelos had little difficulty getting through his first two innings, but ran into some trouble in the third. That sounds like his outing against Boston, doesn’t it?
White Sox killer Roberto Perez crushed a solo shot over the center field wall to put his team up early.
The home run ball again hurt Bañuelos in the fourth inning — this time with Jordan Luplow sending it the opposite way for a two-run shot. It’s nice to see that Bañuelos has singlehandedly saved Luplow’s career, as this makes three homers in the space of a week he’s hit off of the southpaw.
Bañuelos threw a high slider that stayed in the zone against Jake Bauers in the fifth inning. Yeah, Bauers crushed that one into the right field stands, too. The lefty was removed from the game two batters later, with what the Sox are calling shoulder soreness.
If Bañuelos is forced to miss any time, the White Sox rotation would once again have an open spot. Hey, the Sox did just sign Ross Detwiler — maybe he could get a start? I’m joking ... I think.
Josh Osich took over for Bañuelos, and it went about how you would expect it to go. He gave up three earned runs on five hits, two of which came on home runs. One of those bombs came off the bat of Luplow, who has hit all four of his home runs this year against the Sox. Nice that he spared Bañuelos on this last one, though.
The Sox had a few opportunities to get to Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco. James McCann grounded out with runners on first and second in the first inning. Yonder Alonso struck out with runners on the corners in the third inning.
Ricky Renteria gave Yoan Moncada the day off. Moncada has started 40 of the 41 Sox games, with this afternoon being his first day off, so getting two days of full rest should help him recharge a bit. The Sox certainly missed him today, though. The team did not record an extra-base hit, which is just asking for trouble in today’s age of pinball baseball.
Carrasco was otherwise dominant once again in his seven innings. He gave up six hits, no walks and struck out six.
Tim Anderson will donate another $500 to the League of Leaders charity after recording his 13th stolen base of the season. Positives, right?
The White Sox now drop to 19-22, pausing any talk of making a push over .500 on this homestand. Hopefully, they can put this one behind them and take advantage of a four-game series against another bad Toronto Blue Jays lineup starting Thursday night. Jumpin’ Joe Resis has the game coverage for us, beginning in about 48 hours.