Recap: James Shields had another good outing but the White Sox lose a close one to the Cleveland Indians 1-2
The Chicago White Sox were really close to playing spoiler to the Indians home opener, which I always love seeing. But the Sox came up short losing in an extra inning walk off by Michael Brantley in the tenth. This was Brantley’s fourth career walk-off hit. This was just a tough game all around to come up short 2-1 with such a good performance by the starting pitching and the bullpen. White Sox fans will know when this team takes the next step solely by these type of games. When they get to the point of winning these one-run games more times than not is when they have taken that big leap forward. I actually think with their guy Rick Renteria this will happen sooner than later.
As you can tell by the score we had ourselves another pitchers duel between Carlos Carrasco and Chicago’s James Shields. The city should be really happy with what Shields is putting on the field so far. It’s a huge difference to what we saw last season. Over the 5 1/3 innings, he pitched the only real success the Cleveland Indians had on James Shields came from a first-inning home run from Lindor. Nothing to be ashamed about that guy is going to hit a lot of them. He already has four this year. During this game, James Shields only let up 2 hits striking out five batters with only the one ER.
“That’s a good lineup over there, one through nine they’re pretty solid,” Shields said. “Overall command was there.”
On the offensive side, the White Sox had hopefully a breakout from Todd Frazier. Todd up until that point was 1-17. He smoked a home run in the fifth inning out to left field which was the only blemish on Carrasco’s night.
Other than that the only real chance that the White Sox had come in the eighth inning. Matt Davidson came thru with a pinch-hit double to put men on second and third with one out. Tyler Saladino, the coolest mustache in the room, pulled one hard to third, but an awesome diving stop by Yandy Diaz stopped anything from happening. Tim Anderson, next man up, struck out ending the inning.
“I can’t tell you what happened, because the ball just went into my glove,” Diaz said through team translator Anna Bolton. “I saw that the ball was in my glove when I got up off the ground. What was important at that time was just to get an out.”
Then all the way in the tenth inning the hero for the Indians was Michael Brantley. He tattooed a ball down the left-field line scoring Francisco Lindo all the way from first to end the game.