White Sox rout division rival after an embarrassing and ugly weekend of baseball as they open four-game series and seven-game road trip with a win.
The Chicago White Sox had an embarrassing weekend of baseball against the Boston Red Sox. After losing big on Saturday and Sunday to the defending World Series champions, the Sox rebounded nicely with a rout of the Cleveland Indians 9-1 on Monday night.
This was a huge win for the White Sox as they needed something positive to begin their seven-game road trip and a four-game series with the Indians. Many Sox fans had visions of another long season after this past weekend and who could blame them? The Sox pitching was a major weakness against the Red Sox but that wasn’t the case on Monday.
Ivan Nova, who has been an inconsistent starter for the White Sox this season, had one of his better outings of the year against Cleveland. Through seven innings pitched, Nova allowed just one earned run while recording five strikeouts to notch his first win with the Sox. The Sox offense provided Nova with run support early.
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Yoan Moncada put the Sox ahead in the first inning with a two-run home run off of Trevor Bauer. The Sox offense scored seven runs off of Bauer with James McCann also adding a home run of his own in the fourth inning.
McCann nearly added another home run in the eighth inning but just missed clearing the fences in right field. Bauer lasted just five innings while allowing a career-high seven earned runs.
While some Sox fans weren’t impressed by the team having a successful first month of the season, the team is still within shouting distance of .500. With their win on Monday, the Sox record sits at 15-18. Pretty remarkable for a team that has a poor starting pitching rotation and has dealt with various injuries to begin the season.
The Sox managed 13 total hits against the Indians. Moncada, Leury Garcia, Tim Anderson, and Charlie Tilson each posted a multi-hit effort on Monday. Garcia finished the night going 3-for-5 while Tilson went 2-for-4 in his first game of the season with the Sox. Tilson was promoted to replace Adam Engel who was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after Sunday’s loss to Boston.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Sox will continue their current series against the Indians at Progressive Field. Lucas Giolito will start for the Sox as he looks to improve his record to 3-1 on the season. In his last outing, Giolito allowed three earned runs over five innings pitched. Let’s hope he has a much longer start than his previous outing.