The Cleveland Indians offense struggled and only managed to get two hits in Monday night’s 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Two hits. That’s it. Two measly hits. This is not enough for a team to win a baseball game. Unfortunately that is all the Cleveland Indians could muster in Monday’s loss. The offense continues to struggle and it is proving difficult for the team to win games.
Francisco Lindor was the only Indians player to collect a hit Monday, going 2-2 with a home run, a sacrifice fly and walk. Lindor got the game started off with a bang, crushing a leadoff home run on the third pitch of the game. It appeared that Cleveland was going to be able to take advantage of Reynaldo Lopez early, but alas it was not meant to be. Lopez had been struggling coming into this game but the Indians made him look like the second coming of Cy Young. Lopez only allowed one run on two hits and striking out six in 7.2 innings. This is yet another instance of the Cleveland offense being unable to take advantage of a lackluster pitcher.
Shane Bieber got the start for Cleveland and things did not go well. Bieber went 6.1 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. This was the first road loss of his career. Four of the runs came off of solo home runs. Jose Abreu and Wellington Castillo got to Bieber in the first and second inning respectively. Yoan Moncada hit two long balls off of Bieber. Moncada hit homers in the third and sixth inning.
Hopefully the Indians will get a better effort offensively with the addition of promising outfielder Oscar Mercado. Mercado is set to make his debut Tuesday and should help a rather punchless offense.