The Chicago White Sox needed a good night after general manager Rick Hahn delivered the devastating news that Carlos Rodon, Nate Jones, and Micker Adolfo would miss the rest of 2019 with significant injuries. Thanks to a stellar night from Reynaldo Lopez, and four home runs from the offense, the White Sox continue to play well against the Indians winning 5-2.
It wasn’t the best start to the night for Lopez. Facing Francisco Lindor to start the game, Lopez’s 97-mph fastball found its way in the bleachers a row short of hitting the goose head in Goose Island for a monster solo shot.
Quickly down 1-0, Jose Abreu evened up the score in the bottom half crushing Shane Bieber’s hanging slider to deep center for his 10th home run of the season. That blast set the tone this evening for the White Sox offense.
Welington Castillo would turn up the beef in the second inning smashing a solo home run to give the Sox a 2-1 lead. That early advantage Castillo provided was erased by his throwing error in the third inning. After a leadoff walk to Leonys Martin, Castillo’s error allowed an extra base. With Martin at third base, Lindor picked up his second RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly to tie the game, 2-2.
Then it was Yoan Moncada’s turn to continue hurting Cleveland pitching. In the third inning, Moncada somehow found a way to stay on top of an inside 94-mph fastball and pull it straight down the right-field line. Just sneaking inside the foul pole and the White Sox were ahead 3-2.
The night is dark and full of dingers. pic.twitter.com/4uVgbXtUcQ— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 14, 2019
Three innings later, Moncada added another home run for his evening total going oppo taco hitting a floating changeup into the White Sox bullpen. In seven games, Moncada has already hit three doubles and four home runs against Cleveland.
Later in the seventh inning, Castillo hit a ground rule double to left field and would score on Sanchez’s bloop double down the left field line to make it 5-2. That was enough offense for Lopez, who outside of Lindor, was able to keep the Indians offense at bay. Over 7.2 innings, Lopez allowed 2 H 2 R 1 ER with 6 K and 2 BB. The productive outing helped lower Lopez’s season ERA to 5.58.
Aaron Bummer continued his scoreless streak just recording one out and giving way to Alex Colome in the ninth inning. After a loud fly out from Carlos Santana to deep center, Colome induced weak grounders from Carlos Gonzalez and Jose Ramirez to Abreu for a clean save.
- The White Sox are 4-3 against Cleveland in 2019.
- Tonight was Moncada’s second multi-home run game of his career. For the season, Moncada has nine home runs and 28 RBI.
- Charlie Tilson made a nice catch:
Not today. pic.twitter.com/h1ZDg1ID5S— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 14, 2019