Well I am glad the second game and first game did not switch because this way I get to go to bed pretty satisfied. There were plenty of bright spots for the Indians during this double-header. There were also as usual, plenty of points of frustration. Mike Clevinger was very frustrating again in his second career start. He showed flashes of potential, but could not provide a solid start. Often, he would get ahead of hitters, but let them back in the count. He seemed like he did not have confidence in his stuff at times, and when he finally did show confidence and challenged the White Sox, Brett Lawrie tattooed a fastball down the middle for a three-run home run. The Indians had a solid comeback attempt that fell just short. It turns out that errors were the difference in the ballgame. Jason Kipnis and Rajai Davis had miscues late that led to the 7th run for the Sox in a 7-6 game.
Jose Ramirez started off the second game where he left off in the first: hitting long balls. He had two big round-trippers today, continuing the stellar season he has had. Rajai Davis also continued his power surge as he hit a homer on a 3-0 pitch. Juan Uribe also contributed with a HR. If he can continue to hit, that would be huge for our offense to have a presence in the 9-hole. Cody Anderson though, was the real story of Game 2. I was hoping Cody would use his curveball to keep the hitters off balance, and he did just that. He and Chris Gimenez were on the same page, mixing in pitches. All of his stuff was moving, and located for the most part. And he gave us seven strong innings which was greatly needed to the bullpen which had been used a lot.
So the Indians are still 2.5 games out of the lead in the AL Central. And now the Indians have two of their three top pitchers finishing off this series. Josh Tomlin, who is undefeated takes the hill tomorrow against fellow undefeated starter, Chris Sale. Tito managed his lineup well, mixing in plenty of guys, and giving almost everyone some sort of break. The Tribe should be able to build off a true team victory like this.