Indians 5, White Sox 0 (6 innings): Settling for a soggy split

Followed-from-work bullet point recap:

*Manny Bañuelos either took a step in the right direction, or is settling into a new normal. He didn’t get knocked out in the third inning like he did against Boston, but he did give up five runs on eight hits and five walks (one intentional) over 4⅓ innings. He threw just 52 of 91 pitches for strikes.

*How wild was Bañuelos? Jake Bauers scored from second on a wild pitch for Cleveland to take a 2-0 lead. That was part of a sequence where he walked three straight batters, including Tyler Naquin on four pitches. It could’ve been worse, but Francisco Lindor popped up the first pitch and Jason Kipnis struck out to limit the damage.

*The Indians piled on three more in the fifth. Jordan Luplow homered, which was the first of four straight hits that knocked Bañuelos out of the game with the Sox trailing 4-0. The last of those hits was a Roberto Perez grounder that got through Yoan Moncada. It was originally called an error, but reversed to a single.

*In other generous scoring, Josh Osich was close to stranding both inherited runners, but one scored when Charlie Tilson slipped on the wet grass attempting to handle a routine flyout for an “RBI double” that kept the fifth alive.

*Speaking of the rain, this one was called after a two-hour, 34-minute delay.

*The White Sox would’ve had an uphill climb, as Carlos Carrasco resumed his usual dominance of Chicago. He limited the damage to a Yonder Alonso double and a Jose Abreu single over five innings, striking out six. He had thrown only 63 pitches.

Record: 16-20 | Box score | Highlights

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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So Hypothetically if James McCann retired today wouldn’t he have vastly outperformed his contract expectations? (in 21 games outdoing his only positive fWAR single season and coming out of the negative depths for his career)


Yoan has cooled. At least one strikeout in thirteen straight games, 19 over that time in total. 2ks in three straight.

Is this an approach shift or just swinging through more?


I think its a mixed bag.

Hes faced a lot of Lefties in that 14 game stretch.

I said a week into the season that the book on yoan was going to be first pitch breaking balls for strike one in the zone. I’ve seen this a lot the past 2 weeks.

There is definitely some regression, but in this cold streak hes been making some super loud outs with bad BABIP luck. His current BABIP is now just .354 which is only .010 points higher than 2018, despite the WAY better slash.