Desperate for a win after being swept in Tampa, the Cleveland Indians managed to blow out the Chicago White Sox at home by a score of 11-3
All the Cleveland Indians needed to do was leave Tampa. The Tribe were just unable to get anything done in one of the most stale environments in all of sports. “The Trop” has become notorious for being quiet and just lacking energy unless the Yankees or Red Sox are in town.
Cleveland tallied 11 runs in their first game since leaving Tropicana Field. While it must be said that the White Sox are nowhere near the team the Rays are, sometimes all that needs to be done is to return to the comfort of home. Taking the time to reset at home and focus on the challenge in front of them appears to have worked.
Cleveland displayed patience at the plate, walking 10 times compared to only six strikeouts. This is much improved over the previous three games in Tampa. A series which featured eight walks and 25 strikeouts.
Aaron Civale continued his run of effective pitching. Civale allowed one run in five innings while striking out four and walking three. Two other runs came across to score while Civale was on the mound, but they are unearned.
Cleveland still trails Minnesota by 5.5 games in the division but hold a Wild Card spot over the Athletics by one game. Cleveland has three more games against the White Sox while Minnesota travels to Boston to take on the White Sox. Afterwards both teams will face off in a crucial three game series in Minnesota.