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02-20-2019, 04:03 AM,
San Francisco’s Matt Cain on July 21
CHICAGO (AP) — Shane Bieber is going to be an asset in the postseason one way or the other.Bieber remained perfect on the road with six scoreless innings Keith Hernandez Jersey , Francisco Lindor led off the game with a home run and the Cleveland Indians beat up the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on Wednesday night.Edwin Encarnacion finished 3 for 4 with a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the AL Central champs.Bieber was sharp again in his final start of the regular season. It is uncertain if the rookie will start or come out of the bullpen in the AL Divisional Series.“For a kid that’s got two-thirds of a year in the major leagues, he carries himself really well, competes, tries to get better. We feel like one way or another, he’ll help us win,” said Indians manager Terry Francona.Bieber (11-5) improved to 7-0 on the road, setting a single-season record with most road wins without a loss by a Cleveland pitcher. The 23-year-old has yet to lose a road game in his 11 career starts.He retired the first eight batters and didn’t allow a hit until Yoan Moncada reached after hitting an unusual high bouncer back to Bieber with two outs in the fifth. Bieber, who got a laugh out of it, didn’t even have a chance to make a throw to first.Bieber coasted through the White Sox lineup, allowing just two hits. He finished with nine strikeouts and two walks.“Whether I’m starting or relieving, the job comes down to the same thing: Go out there and get outs. That’s what I plan on doing and helping the team as much as I can,” Bieber said.Kevan Smith broke up the shutout with an RBI single with one out in the ninth off Indians reliever Oliver Perez. Adam Engel also added an RBI single off Adam Cimber.In the home finale and fan appreciation night, the White Sox finished 30-51, their worst performance at home in a full season since the last-place 1948 team won 27 games.“One of the things you try to take advantage is home-field advantage. Hopefully as we continue to evolve and develop that will be part that comes with it, winning at home,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.There was a scare in the eighth inning Jorge De La Rosa Jersey , Erik Gonzalez, who came in as a defensive replacement for the Indians, was hit off the left side of his helmet during an at-bat. Gonzalez, who was hit by White Sox reliever Rob Scahill, was down for several minutes while being tended by team trainers and was helped off the field. Gonzalez was checked by the team doctor and will be checked again to make sure he can get on the flight; then evaluated in the morning.On the third pitch of the game, Lindor hit his ninth leadoff homer of the season off White Sox starter Jace Fry (2-3), extending Lindor’s team record. It was his 12th career leadoff home run and his 37th home run of the season.“Love it, especially when I know it’s gone. It’s fun. It’s good that I can get the game going; it’s one of the reasons I told Tito (Francona) I wanted to hit leadoff,” Lindor said.Encarnacion tagged White Sox reliever Ryan Burr with a three-run shot in the fourth inning. It was his 32nd of the season.Fry, used throughout the season as a reliever, made his first career start on what Renteria called a “bullpen day.” Fry only lasted an inning.Josh Donaldson had a career-best four walks for Cleveland.Renteria had to resort to the bullpen day because of a doubleheader scheduled against Minnesota on Friday.BACK ON TRACKLindor broke a 0-for-15 slump with his leadoff home run.ALDS READYEncarnacion is hitting .341 with three home runs and 11 RBIs over his 13 games.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: RHP Carlos Carrasco will start the season finale at Kansas City but Francona plans to use fellow righty Trevor Bauer as a reliever in the game. “We’ll flip-flop what we did (Tuesday),” he said a day after Bauer made his second start since returning from a stress fracture in his leg. The manager added Bauer was “doing good” after Tuesday’s outing. … Brantley was back in the lineup after leaving Tuesday’s game with a right calf contusion.White Sox: 1B Jose Abreu is done for the season with an infection on his right thigh. He’s been out since Sept. 16 with the infection. He will not travel with the team to Minnesota for the final road trip. He hit .265 with 22 home runs and 78 RBIs.UP NEXTIndians: RHP Josh Tomlin (2-5) is scheduled to start for the Indians on Thursday night at Kansas City.White Sox: Right-handers Reynaldo Lopez (7-9) and Lucas Giolito (10-12) will start in Friday’s doubleheader against the Twins. Lopez allowed one run over seven innings in a win against the Cubs in his last start. Giolito pitched 6 2-3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday. CHICAGO (AP) — Moments after Kanye West left the mound, Kyle Schwarber and the Chicago Cubs put on their own show.Schwarber homered and drove in two runs, and the Cubs beat the crosstown White Sox 6-1 on Sunday to lower their magic number for clinching the NL Central title to five.Ben Zobrist had three hits and Kyle Hendricks dazzled again as the Cubs took the rubber game of the weekend series. They also stayed 2½ games ahead of second-place Milwaukee, which cruised to a 13-6 victory at Pittsburgh.West brought some real star power to the finale of this year’s Windy City series , with the rapper throwing out a surprise ceremonial first pitch alongside his son Saint. Once the game began, it was all Cubs.“You saw the baserunning today. We scored with outs today. We moved the ball with two strikes today. We had a couple base hits to the opposite field today,” manager Joe Maddon said. “The ball was moved, and that’s why you saw the good result.”Playing the field for the first time since being sidelined with a back injury, Schwarber led off the second with a long drive off Carlos Rodon (6-7) for his first homer against a left-hander this season and his 26th overall. He doubled home Albert Almora Jr. in the third, giving the Cubs a 5-0 lead.“A couple good days at the plate,” said Schwarber, who also had two hits while serving as the designated hitter for Saturday’s 8-3 victory. “Just got to, you know, keep that good feeling going into these last couple games.”Rodon’s rough September continued as the White Sox lost for the fifth time in seven games. He was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 2 1/3 innings while dropping to 0-4 with a 6.84 ERA in five starts this month.“I went out there and did the best I could. Definitely came up well short,” Rodon said.The South Siders finished with just four hits, scoring their only run on Tim Anderson’s ground-rule double in the fifth.The Cubs got four hits — in the first.Daniel Murphy and Zobrist opened the game with consecutive singles. After Javier Baez struck out swinging, Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI double, Almora drove in Zobrist with a grounder to third and David Bote added a run-scoring single on a bouncer down the third-base line.“They came out very aggressive,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.It was more than enough for Hendricks (13-11), who is on quite a roll heading into the final days of the regular season. The right-hander struck out five and walked none in 7 2/3 innings.Hendricks pitched 8 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 victory at Arizona last Monday. He is 4-1 with a 1.37 ERA in his last six starts.“This has been a different end to the season for me Jarrod Dyson Jersey , going this deep into ballgames back to back, kind of,” he said. “I haven’t had that before, but it’s really just a product of having a good lead. We’ve had a lot of runs up there and I’ve just been making some good pitches.”HAWK’S LAST DAYLongtime White Sox broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson worked his final game, closing out a colorful TV career after three-plus decades in the booth. He wiped away a few tears when he was shown on the videoboard in center before the bottom of the ninth, and he waved and tapped his heart when the White Sox and Cubs applauded and waved their hats toward the booth after the final out.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: 3B Kris Bryant was held out because of fatigue in his left shoulder. The 2016 NL MVP was on the disabled list from July 26 to Sept. 1 with left shoulder inflammation. He missed time earlier in the season with the same issue. Maddon said Bryant’s shoulder is “a little bit fatigued, not hurting, just fatigued.”UP NEXTCubs: LHP Cole Hamels (9-10, 3.90 ERA) starts Monday night against Pittsburgh in the opener of a seven-game homestand that wraps up the regular season. Jameson Taillon (13-9, 3.24 ERA) pitches for the Pirates.White Sox: RHP Dylan Covey (5-13, 5.33 ERA) gets the ball for the opener of a three-game series against AL Central champion Cleveland. Corey Kluber (19-7, 2.93 ERA) pitches for the visiting Indians on Monday night.
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