Indians Win Fourth Straight, Pound White Sox 7-3; Three Takeaways
CLEVELAND - The Indians have 18 games in 2018 against the Chicago White Sox, and based on how the first two of those 18 games have gone, there's a lot of fun to look forward to playing the Sox this season.
Tuesday the Tribe buried Chicago 7-3, thanks in part to a solid night for starter Mike Clevinger, but also a solid night for the offense, putting up seven runs on 15 hits with three homers.
The victory puts the Indians at 28-25 on the season, their fourth straight win, and this time they didn't have to worry about any sort of miracle comebacks or a rally helped out by the Sox defense like they did on Monday afternoon.
They will look for the three-game sweep on Wednesday afternoon with Corey Kluber on the mound, and let's face it, should get it.
For now, here's a quick look back at three takeaways from Tuesday's win for the Tribe as they steamrolled the lowly Sox who fall to 16-36.
1. Big Night at the Plate
The Indians offense went up against Sox starter Lucas Giolito, and made the young Chicago pitcher look like a guy with an ERA that was closing in on eight runs a game.
They hit him early and often, and drove him out of the game after six innings, getting him for five runs on nine hits with two homers.
The two blasts came from Michael Brantley, a solo shot in the 3rd, and Jose Ramirez, who belted a two-run bomb in the 5th to make it a 5-1 game.
All in all it was as good as a night at the plate as you would expect against a young pitcher struggling to get outs, and in that respect the Indians didn't let the fans at Progressive Field down.
2. Clevinger Gets His Fourth
Indians starter Mike Clevinger moved to 4-2 on the season with the victory over the Sox, going 6.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits, with two walks and seven K's in the win.
Clev threw 108 pitches, and while early in the affair he had issues finding the strike zone, he ended the night with a solid 66 strikes.
In 25 batters faced he threw 18 first pitch strikes which is good, and also stepped up when it looked like the Sox could have crept back into the game, like in the third up 2-1 when he allowed a one-out triple but got out of the frame with no damage.
It was back to another quality start for Clevinger, who seemed to get better as the game went along, a good sign for the Tribe hurler.
3. The Final Three Get in on the Act
As stated in the first takeaway, the Indians bats had a great night at the plate, and the bottom of the order was no exception, as the three of Jason Kipnis, Roberto Perez and Greg Allen put up six hits on the night.
Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a homer and a run scored, Perez was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to go along with a strikeout.
Allen was also 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, and has pushed his average up to .254 on the season.
With as good as the top three in the Indians lineup has hit the last four weeks, if the team can get some contributions from the rest of the lineup like they did in this win, it will make them that much more dangerous.