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Bauer dominates Sox as Indians offense does just enough for the win

[insert "From the Gutter to the Grail" joke here]

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Indians 3, White Sox 1

Box score

Indians "improve" to 15-23

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Recap

I'm not exactly sure what happened here. For the second night in a row, an Indians pitcher turned in a dominant performance. For the second night in a row, the Indians offense struggled to score runs off a White Sox starter. Yet somehow, we managed to do something that hasn't been done two times in a row for a long time - win.

Trevor Bauer threw yet another gem tonight, allowing just one run and striking out seven over 7 1/3 innings. The Harbinger was in direct control for the majority of his start, only running into real trouble once, in the fourth inning. Jose Abreu - who else - got the first White Sock hit of the night, a two out, ground-rule double over the left field fence. Perhaps a bit rattled, Bauer gave up a walk-hit-walk sequence to allow Chicago to tie the game at 1-1 before coming back to strike out Alexei Ramirez to end the inning. From there, as in the first three innings, it was essentially cruise control for the youngster. He allowed just two more singles and one more walk before departing with one out in the seventh.

The only other slight trouble he ran into was in the 5th, when Avisail Garcia hit a comebacker to Bauer and Bauer went to second to start a potential double play. The covering Jose Ramirez, who arrived to the bag late, threw the ball away and allowed Garcia to reach 2nd on the error. Bauer worked out of the one out jam with a strikeout and a fly out, but not before Jose Ramirez had a chance to once again show how absolutely abysmal he is in the field.

Fortunately for Ramirez and the Indians, he managed to contribute offensively in a manner that outweighed his defensive miscues. The Indians went up quickly in the 1st on a Jason Kipnis "triple"/Michael Brantley sac fly combo. After the Sox tied it up in the 4th, the Tribe quickly struck back. With two down, Kipnis single, and Ramirez drove him in with a double to the gap in left center. That turned out to be the go-ahead run for the Indians.

Bryan Shaw and Scrabble managed to get the second out in the 7th after Bauer departed. Cody Allen came on for a dominant four out save, striking out three Sox in the process. Brandon Moss contributed an insurance run/return on investment homer in the 8th, and the Tribe sent Lukehart and the faithful fans of the feather home happy for a change.

The Indians collected nine hits total - not exactly an outburst, but it was enough to get the job done today. It was one of those increasingly rare instances of nearly every part of the team doing what it's supposed to do. And though the offense may not have set the world on fire, Trevor Bauer is getting to the point where he's ready to sit back and watch that mother[REDACTED] burn.

Win Expectancy Chart


Source: FanGraphs

Roll Call

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