White Sox rout division rival Cleveland Indians to move closer to second place in the AL Central division and also closer to a .500 record on the season.
The Chicago White Sox have moved closer to second place in the American League Central division after defeating the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night. With a 10-4 rout of the Indians, the White Sox improved their record on the season to 27-29 and are one game behind Cleveland for second place.
Coming off a sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night, the Sox entered their four-game series with Cleveland on Thursday with some positive momentum. They didn’t allow that momentum to go to waste as they took care of business against the Indians.
With Manny Banuelos making the start for the White Sox, the team from the Southside got a crucial win over a division rival at home. Banuelos pitched 5.1 innings for the Sox while allowing just three earned runs and recording three strikeouts. This was a much-needed win for Banuelos as he hasn’t had much success as a starting pitcher thus far this season.
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The White Sox offense was able to get off a great start early against Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco. It began with a two-run double by Eloy Jimenez in the second inning and continued with a two-run home run by Yonder Alonso in the third inning. The Sox would score six runs off of Carrasco in the 6.1 innings he pitched on Thursday night.
Along with a home run hit by Alonso, All-Star hopeful Jose Abreu added a two-run home run of his own in the seventh inning. While it was a 7-3 Sox lead in the seventh inning over Cleveland, the home team would pull away with three more runs scored in the eighth inning.
This win for the Sox is important as they continue an undefeated homestand. With the victory, the Sox are continuing to do well in the division after being swept on the road by the Minnesota Twins last weekend. So far, this season has been fun for the Sox and their fans. The Sox are 24-21 in their last 45 games and could very well be over .500 at the conclusion of their series with the Indians.
If the Sox are going to have any chance of making a push towards the postseason, they will need more wins like these throughout the rest of this season. The Sox still need more starting pitching and possibly they can sign a free agent after the upcoming draft. But for now, enjoy this win Sox fans as there could be many more victories coming for this team.