The Cleveland Baseball Club used a four-run 7th inning to propel themselves to a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox Thursday night.
Down 3 runs in the 7th inning the Cleveland Baseball Club rallied and channeled some of their late inning magic. They were able to score 4 runs in the inning and come away with a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox completing the four game sweep.
The bottom of the 7th started off with singles from Josh Naylor, Tyler Naquin, and Mike Freeman. After Delino DeShields grounded into a fielders choice and Francisco Lindor popped out, Cesar Hernandez came up to the plate. Hernandez would drive in 2 runs with a single to bring Cleveland within 1. Jose Ramirez would follow Hernandez and he delivered, driving in 2 more runs to give Cleveland a 5-4 lead. Cleveland would hold on to the lead and secure the victory over the stumbling White Sox.
Ups and downs from the pitching staff
Zach Plesac started for Cleveland and he was up and down. Plesac allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in 6.2 innings with 7 strikeouts. Plesac allowed a solo home run to Yolmer Sanchez of all people in the 3rd inning. Like Cleveland, Chicago did most of their damage in the 7th inning. The White Sox combined 3 hits and a walk to push 3 runs across in the inning. Plesac would leave after Nomar Mazara drove in 2.
The Cleveland bullpen did their job after Plesac’s exit. Cam Hilll came in during the 7th and ended the inning and would go on to begin and finish the 8th. Brad Hand came on in the 9th to record his 15th save of the season.
Cleveland is currently 2 games back of the Minnesota Twins and 1 game back of the Chicago White Sox. Things could get interesting in the AL Central as the White Sox face the Cubs, the Twins take on the Reds, and Cleveland plays against the lowly Pirates.