White Sox win afternoon game while Indians win under the moon (Cleveland, Ohio) – In the first game of the 3-game series in Cleveland, the White Sox were looking to take an early lead in the first game. In the top of the 1st inning, the first batter to touch a base was White Sox player Tim Anderson and, on his 3rd pitch out, he crushed a solo homer to right field to start off the game. In the bottom of the 1st inning, White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez took the mound to throw out for the Sox. By the end of the 1st inning, the White Sox took an early lead with the score at 1-0. In the top of the 2nd inning, White Sox batter Luis Robert launched a solo homer to left field. Next batter up was Eloy Jimenez, who also hit a solo home run. Soon after, Tim Anderson hit a home run, this time a 3-run home run. White Sox batter Luis Robert finally hit the last run of the inning with an RBI single to center field. By the end of the 2nd inning the White Sox carried a heavy lead over the Indians at 7-0.
White Sox Take Dominance in First Game
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Indians batter Austin Hedges hit a home run for the first run for the Indians. At the end of the 3rd, the White Sox continued to hold the lead at 7-1. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Indians batter Bobby Bradley hit a home run on a fly ball to center field for another run for the Indians. After the homer, White Sox pitcher Garrett Crochet replaced Lopez at the mound to throw for a grounded double play to close the inning. In the bottom of the 5th, White Sox pitcher Aaron Bummer replaced Crocket at the mound. Bummer was soon replaced in the next inning by Craig Kimbrel, who threw for no damage. In the bottom of the 7th and final innings, White Sox pitcher Liam Hendriks replaced Kimbrel to throw for a flyout, groundout, and strikeout to close the game. The White Sox beat the Indians 7-2, and with this victory, the White Sox clinched the American League Central and will heading to the American League Division Series for the first time since 2008.
The White Sox tried to keep up the momentum into the 2nd game. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech took the mound to throw for 3 consecutive strikeouts. The 2nd consisted of flyouts, lineouts, and strikeouts with both teams displaying good defense. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, White Sox pitcher Mike Wright took the mound to throw for no damage. In the bottom of the 4th, Wright threw a wild pitch at that resulted in a run for the Indians. By the end of the 4th inning, the Indians took a lead over the White Sox with the score at 1-0. In the bottom of the 5th, Matt Foster took the mound. In that inning, the White Sox caught the Indians in a double play that advanced the game.
White Sox Fight for the Lead
In the top of the 6th, White Sox batter Andrew Vaughn hit a 2-run single that gave the White Sox the lead. In the bottom of the 6th inning, White Sox pitcher Jose Ruiz took the mound for Foster. Indians batter Owen Millers grounded a 2-run single to center field that gave the Indians back the lead with the score at 3-2 Indians. In the top of the 7th and final inning, White Sox batter Cesar Hernandez reached on a fielder’s choice that resulted in a run that tied the game. In the bottom of the 7th, Indians batter Oscar Mercado crushed a walk off 2- run home run to left field. The Indians beat the White Sox 5-3.
The White Sox will face the Indians again tomorrow (9/23/2021) at 6:10pm CST.
White Sox win afternoon game while Indians win under the moon