CLEVELAND, OH – The White Sox and Indians took the field this evening for the rubber-match in their three game series at Progressive Field. The White Sox sent Miguel Gonzalez to the hill to oppose the Indians starting pitcher, Josh Tomlin.
Before the game the White Sox made a few roster moves, sending catcher Geovany Soto to the 10-Day Disabled List due to an elbow issue. After an MRI, the White Sox said that Soto was “fairly OK”, and purchased the contract of catcher Kevan Smith from the Charlotte Knights. The White Sox are also expected to call up outfielder Willy Garcia from the Knights to take Melky Cabrera‘s roster spot when he leaves the team to go on paternity leave on Friday.
The White Sox opened the game with a bang in the top of the first inning on Thursday night, putting up a crooked number against Indians starter Josh Tomlin. Tim Anderson hit his first home run of the season over the left field fence on the first pitch of the game, giving the White Sox a quick 1-0 lead in the ballgame, but they weren’t done there.
Matt Davidson, who drove in the White Sox two runs in Wednesday’s victory, cracked a three-run home run to right field in his first plate appearance tonight, scoring Avisail Garcia and Cody Asche to give the White Sox a 4-0 lead. A Yolmer Sanchez double down the right field line, followed by an RBI single by Omar Narvaez stretched the White Sox lead to 5-0 after the top half of the first inning.
The Indians would chip away some at the White Sox lead in the home half of the first inning, loading the bases on a double and a pair of walks that set up a sacrifice fly off of the bat of Jose Ramirez, scoring Francisco Lindor and making the score 5-1 in favor of the White Sox after one full inning of play.
The White Sox would continue to swing the hot stick in the second inning as Avisail Garcia laced a two-out, two-RBI single into center field for his second hit of the evening, stretching the White Sox lead to 7-1. Indians skipper Terry Francona lifted starting pitcher Josh Tomlin after just 1.2 innings of work. Tomlin allowed seven runs on eight hits and one walk, including two home runs.
After dodging a couple sticky situations throughout the early innings, White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez got into trouble in the bottom of the fifth inning. Michael Brantley homered off of Gonzalez to open the fifth inning, making it a 7-2 game at that point. Gonzalez would allow an RBI double by Lonnie Chisenhall to make it a 7-3 ballgame, and a hard single by Yandy Diaz before being lifted in favor of Anthony Swarzak.
Gonzalez turned in 4.2 innings of work, allowing three runs on eight hits and four walks as he struggled to find the zone with his breaking ball the majority of the evening. Gonzalez left the game with a no-decision despite the sizeable lead because he did not pitch the required five innings for the victory.
Anthony Swarzak promptly got the Sox out of the jam by inducing a line-out to right field against Indians outfielder Abraham Almonte, holding the score at 7-3 White Sox after five full innings of play.
The White Sox added three more runs in the top of the eighth inning on a trio of RBI singles by Jose Abreu, Cody Asche, and Avisail Garcia to extend the White Sox lead to 10-3. The Indians got one back in the bottom of the eighth inning in the form of a Yan Gomes solo homer against Sox reliever Dan Jennings.
The White Sox retired the Indians in the ninth to secure the 10-4 victory, and a series win against the defending American League Champions on the road, evening their record at 4-4 to date.
Matt Davidson: 1-5, HR, 3 RBI
Avisail Garcia: 3-4, 3 1B, BB, 3 RBI, 2 R
Tim Anderson: 1-6, HR, RBI
Yan Gomes: 1-4, HR, RBI
Michael Brantley: 2-5, RBI
For the second consecutive day, Todd Frazier missed the ballgame due to the flu, and Matt Davidson got the start at third base for the White Sox. Davidson, who drove in both of the Sox runs on Wednesday, stayed hot by hitting a three-run homer in the first inning of the ballgame. Davidson entered the game hitting .385 with a home run and five RBI on the campaign, and immediately added home run number two, and RBIs number six, seven, and eight.
Cody Asche continued to struggle on Thursday evening, after entering the game hitting .067 (1-15), Asche turned in a 1-5 performance, and left four runners on base. Once Todd Frazier returns to the lineup in the coming days, Matt Davidson should assume the full-time DH role, and the Asche experiment should come to an end.
The White Sox will head north to Minnesota to open a three game series with the Minnesota Twins, the second leg of their nine-game road trip. The White Sox will send rookie Dylan Covey to the mound to make his major-league debut. Covey will be opposed by Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 10.80 ERA) of the Twins.
First Pitch: 7:10 pm (CT)