The Chicago White Sox played a close hard-fought game against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. It was nice and cold for both sides so you would figure the advantage would go to the pitchers. Especially when the reigning AL Cy Young winner in Shane Bieber went against the guy who came in fifth place, Dallas Keuchel. Each got was tagged a little bit more than they are used to which was sort of weird. The Indians came away with a 5-3 victory so you have to tip your cap in a game like that.
The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians are going to have a hard-fought season series.
The Indians had a big inning on Keuchel and that put them up 4-1. The White Sox were able to rally in the bottom of the inning and make it 4-3 but never got the tying run. Really late in the game, Jose Ramirez hit a solo shot to make 5-3 which made it feel like a game that Cleveland was going to win. That changed the entire mindset of the ninth inning for the White Sox.
Bieber wasn’t his typical dominant self as he allowed seven White Sox hits but he did have 11 strikeouts. It was still a good start from one of the best in the league. Outside of the one bad inning from Keuchel, he had a pretty good game too. It is just one of those close games that the White Sox came out on the wrong side of.
Now, today is game two of the series with Lance Lynn back on the mound. Michael Kopech made Lynn’s last start for him as he recovered from a small injury. Lynn has been amazing so far in a White Sox uniform and that needs to carry over into this game. It would also be nice to see the White Sox lineup perform well against Triston McKenzie of Cleveland.
It is going to be a warm day out there so the ball might fly a little bit more than it did on the night prior. Look for the White Sox big bats to have a big game against McKenzie. Getting a win would put them in a good spot to win the series on Sunday with Lucas Giolito on the mound.