It was a sunny day on the south side of Chicago, but unfortunately the Chicago White Sox could not secure a series win against the Cleveland Indians. Instead of winning the series, the White Sox allowed the Indians to split the four-game set. The real story today was about Carlos Rodon, who looked sharp, making his second start after coming back from the DL.
In Rodon’s previous start, he took the loss, allowing two runs in five innings while striking out seven. Rodon came in to Thursday afternoon looking to prove a point.
Carlos Rodon started off the top of the first inning by allowing a lead-off home run to Francisco Lindor, his 15th of the year. Rodon quickly brushed it off, and retired the next three batters.
In the bottom of the first inning, Yolmer Sanchez reached on a fielding error by Erik Gonzalez. This error would lead to Jose Abreu hitting a two-run home run off of Mike Clevinger two batters later, giving the White Sox a 2-1 lead. Both pitchers had a smooth third inning, as they retired all three batters they would face.
Carlos Rodon started to struggle with walks in the top of the third inning. Rodon got Lindor to pop-out to get the first out of the inning, but would go on to walk Rajai Davis. He would also walk Edwin Encarnacion and drill Brandon Guyer which led to a bases loaded jam with two outs in the inning. On a 3-2 count, Yan Gomes worked a walk and recorded an RBI to tie game at two.
Carlos Rodon went five innings, allowing only two hits and two runs. Although he walked three and struck out four, this start was a good one by Rodon.
There would be no more action until the top of the seventh inning. Still tied at two, newly entered White Sox pitcher Chris Volstad would go on to give up a two-run home run to Jose Ramirez, making the score 4-2. Unfortunately for the Sox, they would not score again in this ball game as the Indians tacked on one more run in the top of the eighth on an error. This would be the ball-game as the Sox dropped the contest 5-2.
This was a close ball-game through the first seven innings, until Cleveland ultimately pulled away with their offense. If you’re a White Sox fan, you have to be happy with the start you saw from Rodon. A big step forward for him and Sox fans.
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