White Sox score late, top Indians 4-0 after Plesac fans 11

Yasmani Grandal and Eloy Jiménez hit sacrifice flies and the Chicago White Sox scored four runs in the ninth inning — three charged to ineffective Cleveland closer Brad Hand — to beat the Indians 4-0 on Wednesday night.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 10:03 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Yasmani Grandal and Eloy Jiménez hit sacrifice flies and the Chicago White Sox scored four runs in the ninth inning — three charged to ineffective Cleveland closer Brad Hand — to beat the Indians 4-0 on Wednesday night.

The Indians got eight terrific innings from No. 5 starter Zach Plesac. He struck out a career-high 11, shut out the White Sox on three hits and continued a strong run of Cleveland pitching to start the season.

Rookie Luis Robert hit a two-run single in the ninth as Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak and salvaged one game in the series.

Chicago starter Lucas Giolito matched Plesac pitch for pitch through six, holding the Indians scoreless on four hits. It was a nice bounce back by the All-Star right-hander, who gave up a home run in Minnesota on his first pitch of the season and was touched for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings.

The White Sox couldn’t do anything against Plesac, who didn’t allow a walk. The right-hander broke a couple bats, made Tim Anderson smash his in frustration near the plate and befuddled Chicago’s hitters. But once he was pulled after throwing 97 pitches, the White Sox went to work against Hand (0-1).

Anderson doubled leading off the ninth before Hand walked Yoán Moncada and José Abreu to load the bases. Grandal, who struck out twice against Plesac, then delivered the game’s first run with a liner to right.

After Hand was pulled, Jiménez, who was back in the lineup missing three games following a collision with the left-field wall in Minnesota, hit his sacrifice fly off Adam Cimber and Robert hit a two-run single.

Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth off Alex Colomé, who finally closed it out to protect the win for Aaron Bummer (1-0).

The Indians have opened the season with six consecutive starters pitching at least six innings while allowing two runs or fewer. The last team to do that was the 1993 Atlanta Braves, whose staff included Hall of Famers Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine.

Cleveland last did it in 1905, when the team was known as the Naps.

BACKSTOP BLUES

Before the game, the Indians placed Gold Glove catcher Roberto Pérez on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder injury. He got hurt in the season opener making an off-balance throw to first.

ROAD WORRIES

The Indians hit the road under the harrowing cloud of coronavirus.

The outbreak among Miami’s players has raised anxiety, and manager Terry Francona said the situation allowed the team to re-visit some protocols before opening a four-game series at Minnesota on Thursday.

“This will be a big test for us,” he said. “We haven’t been outside of our bubble. We practiced here, we played here. Now we’re going to go on the road for the first time. So it’s going to be important that we don’t take any missteps.”

TRAINING ROOM

White Sox: RHP Jimmy Lambert was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained forearm. He has pitched two scoreless innings in his return from Tommy John surgery.

Indians: OF Tyler Naquin is still limited with a fracture in his big right toe and can’t run the bases. OF Delino DeShields Jr. has made progress as he increases activity after testing positive for COVID-19.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Off before opening a three-game series at Kansas City on Friday with Dallas Keuchel starting.

Indians: Shane Bieber, who has added a cutter to his repertoire, starts the opener of a three-game series against the AL Central champion Minnesota Twins. Bieber struck out 14 Kansas City Royals in his opening-day start, the most Ks in an opener since Hall of Famer Randy Johnson’s 14 in 1996. José Berríos starts for Minnesota.

West Lafayette
Overcast
34° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 34°
Kokomo
Broken Clouds
36° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 30°
Rensselaer
Overcast
34° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 34°
Fowler
Overcast
34° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 34°
Williamsport
Overcast
34° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 34°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
33° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 27°
Frankfort
Scattered Clouds
36° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 31°
Delphi
Overcast
35° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 31°
Monticello
Overcast
35° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 31°
Logansport
Overcast
32° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 32°
Tranquil pattern continues...
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 367329

Reported Deaths: 6122
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion49899902
Lake31027490
Allen21054342
St. Joseph19435249
Elkhart19020249
Hamilton15894184
Vanderburgh11174138
Tippecanoe1041036
Porter951297
Johnson7969178
Hendricks7565165
Vigo6855108
Monroe613955
Madison5960126
Clark585487
Delaware5659108
LaPorte5377106
Kosciusko521449
Howard430580
Bartholomew391566
Warrick372776
Wayne370296
Floyd367080
Marshall347252
Grant334554
Hancock330465
Cass330032
Noble298150
Boone289756
Henry287541
Dubois284834
Jackson271838
Morgan267446
Dearborn258833
Gibson226533
Shelby223562
Knox217524
DeKalb215738
Clinton212725
Lawrence210152
Wabash201825
Miami197318
Adams195924
Daviess179951
Montgomery178029
Jasper174317
Steuben172316
Ripley171325
Harrison169726
Fayette167939
Whitley166117
LaGrange162534
Huntington158212
White156224
Putnam152231
Decatur149646
Wells147136
Randolph145725
Clay143126
Jefferson141119
Posey138422
Scott134027
Greene123654
Jay118817
Sullivan116018
Jennings109617
Starke107628
Fountain9988
Fulton99219
Spencer9918
Washington9169
Perry90321
Carroll83913
Franklin81628
Orange80128
Vermillion77013
Parke7496
Owen74411
Tipton68927
Blackford67317
Rush6688
Newton64015
Pike61021
Pulaski51721
Benton4653
Brown4346
Martin4136
Crawford3722
Union3122
Warren3013
Switzerland2825
Ohio2547
Unassigned0290

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events