It looks like the Sports Illustrated cover jinx has struck a Cleveland sports team again. The Cleveland Indians who were predicted to win the World Series this year by the national sports magazine is now in last place in the American League Central Division following the 10-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. The Indians have lost the first three games of the four game series.
While the Indians offense continues to struggle, falling behind 5-0 before you step up to the plate doesn’t help your chances of winning when facing an opponent’s ace like Chris Sale. That’s exactly what happened though. Chicago started the game with four consecutive hits off tribe starter Carlos Carrasco. Melky Cabrera would record an rbi single followed by a two run single by Jose Abreu. Tyler Flowers would finish the scoring with a two out two run single to give Sale a five run lead before taking the mound.
Sale was on cruise control the entire night. Sale would go seven innings allowing two earned runs on seven hits with no walks and seven strike outs. Sale improves his record to 9-5 with a 2.85 earned run average.
Carrasco would settle down a bit after the five run first inning but the damage was already done. Carrasco would go four innings allowing six earned runs on seven hits with two walks and five strike outs. Chicago’s last run off Carrasco came in the fourth inning when Carlos Sanchez hits his first career major league home run. Carrasco’s record falls to 10-8.
The Indians get a run off of Sale in the fifth inning. Jesus Aguilar would single home Carlos Santana to cut the White Sox lead down to 6-1.
The Indians bullpen had a rough night as well. Chicago would get two runs in the seventh inning on singles by Cabrera and Adam LaRoche. Tribe relievers Jeff Manship and Austin Adams were charged with a run a piece in that inning of work. Ryan Webb would give up the White Sox final two runs in the ninth inning on singles from Cabrera and Abreu.
Giovanny Urshela would get the second and final run off of Sale in the seventh inning when he doubled home Yan Gomes. Ryan Raburn would get a run batted in on a ground out in the bottom of the eighth inning off of reliever Zach Duke.
With the loss the Indians record falls to 45-51. Cleveland is now a half game behind Chicago for the basement in the American League Central Division. The White Sox are now 45-50. The series wraps up on Sunday afternoon with a 1:10 p.m. first pitch. Danny Salazar will take the mound for the Indians. The White Sox will counter with Carlos Rodon.
Jason Kipnis sat out Saturday night’s game with a stiff neck. Before the game, the Indians unveiled a statue of Larry Doby, the first African American to break the color barrier in the American League.