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Followed-from-work bullet-point recap:
*If you thought the White Sox lost this game three batters into the bottom of the first inning, your fatalism served you well. Reynaldo Lopez started the game with a four-pitch walk to Francisco Lindor, which Yoan Moncada exacerbated by failing to handle a rather routine grounder to his left. Two pitches later, Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer to put the game out of reach before Lopez reached the first out.
*Corey Kluber was the reason for the pessimism. He lived up to the billing, allowing a two-out single to Omar Narvaez and a leadoff walk to Charlie Tilson over seven innings, and the Tilson walk was erased when he was gunned down at second.
*Kluber should’ve walked two, but he received a beneficial strike three call on Yoan Moncada, after which Rick Renteria was ejected.
*The White Sox have now lost seven games in a row, and this shutout was the worst this century.
#WhiteSox: first shutout loss by 10+ runs vs Indians since a 13-0 loss on May 18, 1999. Dwight Gooden started for the Tribe.
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 20, 2018
*Lopez was able to get into the fifth, but he spent a lot of time missing out of the zone (four walks) or too in the zone (six hits, three for extra bases).
*Bruce Rondon looked worse. The Indians pushed the game into double digits on his watch, giving up six runs on three hits, three walks, a homer and two wild pitches. Narvaez couldn’t give him much help on errant pitches. His ERA is now 6.75, which hurts trade value.
*The White Sox picked up a second hit before the game ended, on Jose Abreu’s one-out double in the ninth.
*Daniel Palka made a nice running catch in right to end the second, and Adam Engel ended the fourth with a diving catch. Imagine if those didn’t happen.
Record: 24-49 | Box score