One out away from heading into extras, and Kelvin Herrera surrenders a bomb to José Ramírez, giving Cleveland a 5-3 win.
You heard that right: One. Out. Away. I question management on sending Herrera out there, even just for one out. The right-handed setup man, solid all season, has been dealing with back spasms since the game against the Boston Red Sox where he gave up five earned runs. I don't think he is entirely healthy, which just may explain the outcome of tonight’s game.
The White Sox opened the scoring in the third inning with an oppo-taco from José Abreu. The homer was Abreu’s 155th, which moved him into eighth place on the White Sox franchise home run leaderboard, passing the great Bill Melton.
Right after being spotted the lead, Reynaldo López found himself in a jam in the fourth inning. Carlos Santana, Carlos González and Jake Bauers cracked three straight singles to load the bases with one out. Leonys Martín would get the Indians on the board with a slow-roller fielder’s choice: The White Sox defense tried to complete the double play to keep Cleveland from scoring, but Martín’s speed allowed him to leg the ball out, avoid the DP and drive home a run. López then plunked Kevin Plawecki, which was followed by a single from Tyler Naquin, scoring González and Martín to expand the Wahoos lead to 3-1.
The South Siders would come through and tie it up in the seventh. Charlie Tilson and Tim Anderson combined for singles and Yolmer Sánchez laid down a bunt to advance the runners. Ryan Cordell then singled both home, evening the game 3-3. The game-tying run knocked Cleveland starter Shane Bieber out of the game, who until that point seemed to be cruising.
ReyLo was still able to brew up a quality start, the third in a row for White Sox pitching. His final line concluded with six innings pitched, nine hits, three earned runs, a walk and just two strikeouts. The nine hits López gave up? All singles.
I would really like to see James McCann catch López for a game, as I feel everyone pitches better with him behind the dish. McCann definitely calls a better game than Welington Castillo, so it’s about time we see a ReyLo-McCann game. (Frankly, I’m very much over Castillo and am ready for Zack Collins to be called up.)
In the seventh, Aaron Bummer relieved López of his duties for the night. Bummer, who struggled last year and was up and down from Triple-A many times, has been a delightful surprise for the Sox bullpen. Bummer hit the mound running, zipping through the heart of Cleveland’s lineup with ease, throwing just 11 pitches. Bummer returned for the eighth inning and again, got through with ease. His ERA through seven innings pitched with the White Sox is 0.00 while giving up just two hits, one walk and punching out nine. I’m very impressed with him thus far, as every Sox fan should be. Aaron Bummer has been far from a bummer this season. Ba dum tss
Sooner or later, these White Sox gonna White Sox. The Wahoos walked it off on us, and I’m sure they wanted that more than anything, as our pitching has dominated them this series. The Sox drop to 16-19, but last year at this time we were 9-24 and on the way to 9-27. Baby steps!
The White Sox still have a chance to steal a series win with a victory in tomorrow’s getaway day game, as Manny Bañuelos takes on Carlos Carrasco in a lunchtime (12:10 CT) start. Ricky’s Boys still have a chance to leave Cleveland two games from .500 and breathing down the Wahoos’ neck in the Central.
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