Bauer's gem carries Indians over White Sox, 6-2
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[June 19, 2018]
Trevor Bauer racked up eight
strikeouts in seven scoreless innings, and the Cleveland Indians
pulled away for a 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night
at Progressive Field.
Jason Kipnis went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the
Indians at the plate. Roberto Perez added a pair of doubles and two
RBIs as Cleveland improved to 6-2 against Chicago this season.
Matt Davidson doubled and homered for the White Sox, who lost their
fifth in a row.
Only Mother Nature could stop Bauer (6-5), who did not return to the
mound after a 35-minute rain delay in the bottom of the seventh. The
storm snapped his bid to record double-digit strikeouts for the
fifth consecutive start, which would have tied Corey Kluber's
The 27-year-old Bauer now has 129 strikeouts in 100 2/3 innings. The
only pitchers with more strikeouts than Bauer this season are
Washington's Max Scherzer (152) and Houston's Gerrit Cole (138).
White Sox starter Dylan Covey (3-2) allowed five runs (four earned)
in five innings to draw his first loss since April 28. The
right-hander gave up six hits, walked five and struck out two.
Cleveland jumped to an early 3-0 lead after loading the bases in the
second. Perez, who entered the game hitting .136 (11-for-81),
smacked a ground-rule double to right field to score two. Francisco
Lindor followed with a sacrifice fly to center field.
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Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) turns a double play after
forcing out Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada (10) in
the third inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David
Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Kipnis increased the Indians' lead to 4-0 one inning later when he
singled to drive in Rajai Davis.
In the fifth, Kipnis pulled an inside fastball over the wall in
right-center field for his fifth home run.
Cleveland loaded the bases with nobody out in the sixth but scored
only one run to make it 6-0. Lonnie Chisenhall's two-out walk
allowed Lindor to trot home from third base.
The White Sox ended the shutout in the eighth when Yolmer Sanchez
singled to drive in Adam Engel. Davidson added a solo shot in the
ninth to finish the scoring.
Indians first baseman Yonder Alonso was activated him from the
Family Medical Emergency List and finished 0-for-5. In a
corresponding move, the club optioned outfielder Greg Allen to
--Field Level Media
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