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White Sox Take Care of Kluber and the Indians in an 8-3 Rout

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The White Sox took on the Cleveland Indians where they would finish off their five game road trip with an 8-3 win.

Carlos Rodon faced off against former Cy-Young winner Corey Kluber in what many thought would be a great pitching match-up. In fact, it was the total opposite for our Sox. Rodon was spectacular today against a very bad Indians lineup. His slider generated 14 swings and misses and was extremely successful against right-handed batters.

Both pitchers got off to a shaky start with Kluber allowing three earned runs in the top half of the first and Rodon giving up an unearned run in the bottom half. But it was all Carlos the rest of the way. He would fan nine batters to his one walk in his dominant performance. It looks as if his first healthy off-season is paying off major dividends in his first two starts. Rodon has allowed two earned runs in 11.1 innings pitched.

Rodon’s unearned run came from a Carlos Santana RBI single, scoring Jose RamirezThis was one of just two hits Rodon gave up in his six innings of work. Thanks to Yoan Moncada’s throwing error from third the run was unearned, the only negative in the young season for Moncada. As comfortable as he looks at the hot corner, his throwing accuracy continues to be a question.

Rodon’s Final Line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 103 Pitch Count.

The White Sox offense jumped on Kluber early and often this afternoon. It was an offensive explosion that we haven’t seen this year.

Leury Garcia started the day off on the right note with a leadoff single on the first pitch of the game. After that, the next six White Sox batters would reach base. After a Moncada walk, it would be Yonder Alonso who would score Yoan on an RBI single to make it an early 1-0 lead.

The Sox weren’t done yet, as Eloy Jimenez would join in on the fun picking up his first of two hits on the day to load up the bases for Daniel PalkaPalka, who has been a disappointment this year, worked a good at-bat, resulting in a walk to bring in the second run of the game. The last and final batter who would reach base in the top of the first for the Sox would be Jose Rondon, as he scored Alonso on a fielder’s choice to make it 3-0.

This was the White Sox first time all season scoring runs before the third inning. It has been nothing but slow starts for our offense until this afternoon.

Ricky’s boys just kept on rolling from there. In the second, Leury would pick up his second of four hits on the day (a career high) which would be followed by another Moncada walk (sound familiar?) This time Jose Abreu would bring home Garcia which, worrying Terry Franconca for his ace.

Moncada has been nothing short of excellent in this young season. In the fourth he ripped a long double of the top of left-center field wall that would easily be a home run in the majority of other ballparks. Stat cast measured it as traveling 417 feet. Once again, Abreu brought in Moncada and Garcia on a two RBI double of his own.

This would be Kluber’s final batter of the day. He would only go three and a third innings in his roughest start in years against our Sox.

If you thought Yoan was done after reaching base three times already today, then you were wrong. Moncada delivered a missile to deep right field bringing in Garcia yet again to score the Sox’s final two runs of the game to make it 8-1.

On Deck

The boys look to continue to use this game as momentum into the White Sox home opener Friday 1:10 CT against the Seattle Mariners. Reynaldo Lopez will be on the mound looking for a bounce-back performance.

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