Indians Shutout White Sox for 2nd consecutive day, Three Takeaways from 7-0 Victory
On Saturday night the Cleveland Indians faced off against the Chicago White Sox for their second game of a three-game series in Chicago.
The Indians came away with a 7-0 victory and earned their 5th straight victory. With the win, the Indians will be looking for their second sweep in a row on Sunday.
The Indians are now 1 game ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central with a 10-7 record.
Here's our three takeaways from the 7-0 shutout.
1.) Cleveland Indians offense goes through Power Surge
The Indians began their scoring on the day with a 2-run homer from Edwin Encarnacion in the first inningand the homers did not stop there. In the 7th inning, Michael Brantley hit a 2-run homer of his own. To finish the power surge, Jose Ramirez hita homerun in the 9th inning.
The Indians did not only just score off of the long ball though today. Carlos Santana hit an RBI single in the 5th inning and was then followed by a sacrifice fly by Francisco Lindor.
With the Indians powerful offense this evening they managed to knock out White Sox pitcher Mike Pelfrey after 4.1 innings pitched and made the Sox go to the bullpen earlier than they wanted to.
2.) Cookie Monster
Indians starting pitcher, Carlos Carrasco was fantastic on the hill tonight for the Indians. During the game, Jordan Bastian tweeted out an interesting note.
Carrasco did not get the chance to pitch a complete game shutout as he was pulled after 8 innings of work. In 8 innings Carrasco only gave up 3 hits, walked 1 batter, and struck out 8.
Carrasco also pounded the strike zone in his start tonight. He threw 73 strikes out of 106 pitches and threw about 69% of his pitches for a strike.
3.) Speed Kills
The Cleveland Indians not only had great hitting and pitching tonight, they also had great baserunning.
The Indians stole a total of 4 bases in tonight's game. Brantley started things off with his 3rd stolen base of the season and was followed by Lonnie Chisenhall (1), Ramirez (2), and Santana (1).
The Indians must enjoy when Geovany Soto is behind the plate, in a game against the Angels in August of 2016 the Indians stole at least 5 total bases against Soto.
The Indians have won 5 straight games (all on the road) and will look for the series sweep against the Chicago White Sox tomorrow. The Indians will be sending Danny Salazar to the hill and will be opposed by Derek Holland.
Holland and Salazar have opposed each other once already this season on April 12th. Holland and Salazar both went 6 innings in that game but Holland and the White Sox came away with the victory in that matchup.
First pitch tomorrow will be at 2:10 PM Eastern Standard Time.