Brad Hand and Adam Cimber waste brilliant performance by Zach Plesac as Tribe loses 4-0
BY ANDREW GUARINO
INDIANS BEAT WRITER
The Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-0 Wednesday night from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Blowing a great start from starter Zach Plesac. Before the game the Indians put Roberto Perez on the injured list with a right shoulder strain and recalled Daniel Johnson.
Zach Plesac and Lucas Giolito had a great battle in this game. The first scoring chance went the Indians’ way in the fourth inning when they had runners on the corners with nobody out. However, Giolito struck out Lindor and then got Carlos Santana to hit into a 3-6-3 double play to end the inning. The next opportunity went to the White Sox’s way when they had a lead off double by Adam Engel, but they were not able to get him home. After the Indians got their first two outs in the home half of the sixth, they were able to load the bases thanks to back to back singles from Cesar Hernandez and Jose Ramirez, and then a walk to Francisco Lindor. Giolito dug deep and was able to get himself out of it after getting ahead of Carlos Santana 0-2; he got him to fly out to center field. Giolito’s night was over after the sixth and his dominance against the Tribe from last season continued. His final line was six innings pitched, four hits, two walks and six strikeouts. The incredible thing was Giolito did this on to main pitches: a change up and a fastball with an occasional slider. Amazingly, Zach Plesac was able to top this. He went eight innings, striking out eleven, walking none and allowing just three hits.
Brad Hand came into the game in the ninth for the Indians and struggled. A leadoff double to Tim Anderson who would come around to score on a sacrifice fly from Yasmani Grandal gave the White Sox there first lead of the night. The White Sox got their second run also courtesy of a sac fly this one courtesy, of Eloy Jimenez. After this, a two-run single from Luis Robert blew things open for the Sox. The Indians were able to get the bases loaded in the ninth with two outs, but were not able to score any runs.
The Indians will travel to Minnesota to take on the Twins for a four game set beginning Thursday night at 7:10pm. Shane Bieber will take the mound for the Indians; in his only start this year, he faced the Royals going six innings, and allowing four hits, no runs and striking out fourteen. Last year, Bieber saw the Twins three times; he was 2-0 with one no decision had a 2.66 era against them, with 20.1 innings pitched, seventeen hits allowed, four walks and twenty seven strike outs. The Twins have not announced their starting pitcher.
POSTED 07/29/2020 21:39