The White Sox took on the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a double header Tuesday afternoon. Needless to say the game didn’t start out as planned. Dylan Cease gave up a 2 run home run to Francisco Lindor in the 1st. Cease went on to give up another solo home run in the 2nd to Bradley Zimmer. In the end didn’t make it out of the 3rd inning. The bullpen was able to pick him up as they combined for 5 ⅔ IP with 0 ER 2 H 7 SO.
Offensively, the Sox had 11 hits and threatened to tie the game in the late innings. However, with 14 strikeouts and 11 left on base, they were unable to get the big hit they needed. The White Sox lost their first game against Cleveland 4-3 despite making the game interesting in the closing moments.
The bullpen was fantastic in this game. Between 5 pitchers they held the Indians scoreless and limiting them to only two hits. This includes Ross Detwiler pitching another two perfect innings that included three strikeouts. As it stands he’s been the most consistent pitcher to start the season.
Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, & Luis Robert combined to go 7 of 14 for the game. Tim Anderson hit his first home run of the season, had a pair of doubles, and scored the Sox only 3 runs. It was good to see Tim have a good game after struggling in the Twins series.
Dylan Cease continued the trend of Sox starters not going deep into games. His final line was 2.1 IP 7 H 4 ER. The starting pitching staff has yet to register a quality start. Outside of Dallas Keuchel the starters have failed to even get to the 5th inning. This is a trend that MUST change for the Pale Hose if they’re to live up to their playoff aspirations.
The lineup struggled to get men across home plate in this one. With 11 hits and 11 LOB the Sox had plenty of chances to score and take the lead. They blew a bases-loaded opportunity in the 8th, and left a runner at 2nd base to end the game in the 9th. Not only did they strand runners everywhere between Chicago and Cleveland, but the lineup also managed to strike out 14 times. The veteran signings of Yasmani Grandal and Edwin Encarnacion combined for 5 of those punch outs.
Most of the lineup is off to a sluggish start, along with our starting staff. With this season being regarded as a sprint, our boys can’t keep wasting games with poor performance. The whole team needs to kick off the rust fast, and play to their full potential.