There are nights throughout a 162 game Major League Baseball season where all the breaks go your way. Friday night at Progressive Field, all the breaks went the way of the Cleveland Indians as they crush the Chicago White Sox 12-1 in the first game of a three game weekend series. The win gets the Indians back to the .500 mark at 73-73 with 16 games remaining in the season.
The Indians beat White Sox ace Chris Sale for the second time in the last eleven days. The tribe used three solo home runs to beat Sale on Labor Day in Chicago. Friday night it was one big inning that did in Sale and the White Sox.
The Indians took advantage of a huge error by White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez and score six runs off Sale in the third inning. All six runs scored with two outs. All six runs were unearned off Sale because of the error, but if you give Major League baseball teams extra outs in an inning, they take advantage of them and the Indians did just that.
Mike Aviles got the Indians on the board with an rbi single to center that went off the tip of Sanchez’s glove, it was 1-0 tribe. Next batter, Michael Brantley would take a Sale outside fastball the opposite way to left to drive home Jose Ramirez to make the score 2-0. After Ryan Raburn would walk to load the bases, Carlos Santana unloaded them and unloaded on the Sale fast ball and deposited the baseball in the left center field bleachers for the grand slam. Indians up 6-0. It was Santana’s second career grand slam and home run number 16 on the season.
The six run third inning was more than enough run support for Cody Anderson, who earned his fifth win of the season. Anderson walked Adam Eaton on four straight pitches to open the game but had little trouble after that. Anderson goes six and two thirds innings, allowing one earned run on five hits. Anderson did surrender five walks and struck out six. Anderson’s only run of the game came from Melky Cabrera with a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Sale only allowed runs in two innings to the tribe. After the six run third inning, the Indians would not score again until the seventh when Francisco Lindor goes the opposite way to right field for a solo home run, his tenth of the season to make the score 7-1 Indians. Sale would go seven innings allowing seven runs, only one earned on eight hits, three walks and nine strike outs.
The Indians would get to the White Sox bullpen for five more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the final 12-1 Indians. Cleveland will send Carlos Carrasco to the mound on Saturday against Carlos Rodon. The Indians will look to get over the .500 mark and continue to keep their wild card playoff hopes alive.