White Sox strike for three more innings, defeating Cleveland Indians 8-6 in Double Game 1
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Adam Eaton delivered the knockout with a two-run homerun to James Karinchak in the eighth inning as the White Sox handed Cleveland an 8-6 loss in Game 1 of a doubles game on Monday at Progressive Field.
Jose Abreu’s RBI sacrifice flew automatic runner Billy Hamilton’s eighth base with the go-ahead for Chicago. The Indians scored their automatic runner, Harold Ramirez, on Josh Naylor’s double-play field in the bottom of the eighth.
The loss marred a record-breaking start by Indian right-hander Triston McKenzie, and a two-homer game by Cesar Hernandez. McKenzie locked himself in after a tough second inning and found his command to the tune of 10 strikeouts and just four hits allowed in his longest outing of the year.
Indian Director Terry Francona said McKenzie was fearless when he launched a march or gave up a blow, returning with some of his best things after a misstep.
“He missed a few bats, he threw a good curve ball, he attacked with a fastball and got it through their barrel for the most part,” said Francona. “What we see is when he takes a walk, he doesn’t turn it into two or three. He comes together and he comes back and uses his best tricks. This is a big step for him.
McKenzie took out Jake Lamb by looking in the third and finished the round by sniffing Abreu. It started a streak of eight consecutive punches by the club record-setting right-hander that was one short of the American League mark (9) held by Detroit’s Doug Fister.
McKenzie broke the seven-year-old Cleveland record set by Corey Kluber against the White Sox on May 4, 2014, when he again fanned Lamb before sixth. Yoan Moncada followed with a right single that ended McKenzie’s day after a season-high 5-1 / 3 innings.
McKenzie said he found success because he was ahead of the batters in the count.
“My fastball was working in the zone, the curved ball down, my cursor was working too,” McKenzie said. “It was just kind of guessing and I attribute a lot to René (Rivera).”
Bryan Shaw relieved McKenzie and walked a pair as Moncada scored on Yermin Mercedes’ choice of an RBI defenseman who put Chicago ahead, 5-4. But the Indians responded at the bottom of the sixth, when Josh Naylor made a single and moved up to third on a base touched by Rivera. Bradley Zimmer hit the field with two strikeouts as Naylor scored the tying point.
Francona said Naylor stayed on the ball and went the other way against White Sox starter Carlos Rodon. His two singles were over Anderson’s head. But with two runners on base in the eighth against Chicago southpaw Aaron Bummer, Naylor shot the ball to the ground and into a double play.
“This is how you deal with a southpaw,” Francona said. “In his last fight against Bummer he lined the ball up along the line which was great. Then he got a little nervous and pulled the cursor.
The Indians wasted little time jumping all over Rodon in the first one. Back-to-back home runs from Cesar Hernandez and Amed Rosario gave McKenzie a 2-0 lead and marked the first time the Indian hitters have gone deep to start a game since Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley’s did in September 2018. run was his third of the season and 16th of his career. He pitched his second home run of the game against Rodon on the first pitch he saw in the third, marking his first career home running game.
But McKenzie gave the lead early on in a four-point second in Chicago. The White Sox got a one-out walk from Mercedes and three straight hits, including a baseline double by Zack Collins.
Chicago added a fourth inning when Anderson, who had walked, found himself caught in a tally between the first and the second that got Collins to score from the third.
Cleveland reduced the White Sox’s lead to one point in the fourth when Naylor made a two-out single and scored on Yu Chang’s RBI double at center-right.
Following: Game 2 of today’s doubles match is scheduled to start at 6:35 p.m. with Indians right-hander Cal Quantrill (0-1, 2.03) on the mound. The White Sox will rule on right-hander Jimmy Lambert (0-0, 0.00). The game will air on WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, Bally Sports Great Lakes and Indians Radio Network.
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