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Indians breeze past White Sox 10-2

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We all had to pretend to care about this game

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

We know that the Indians are going to be in the ALDS next week. We also now know that their opponent will be the Houston Astros. So really, why are we here tonight? Oh right, because there are 162 games in the season regardless of whether you clinch your division on April 15 or September 15.

Alright so what happened tonight. Well, Francisco Lindor got his 9th leadoff home run of the year to give the Indians the lead and that was basically it.

Just kidding.

Edwin poked a floaty single into right field to score the second run of the game in the third inning. His next hit in the fourth inning was much more powerful. After Ryan Burr walked Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez on eight straight pitches, he left a 94 mph fastball right over the heart of the plate for The Parrot. And, well, he didn’t miss:

Jacked.

The game was basically over at this point (I mean, it was really over after Lindor hit his donger in the first), but the Indians, for good measure, poured on an additional five runs across the next two innings thanks to a Roberto Perez (!!!) single and double, a Michael Brantley sac fly, and a Jason Kipnis (!!!) double.

On the pitching side of things, Shane Bieber was electric. 6.0 innings of 2 hit ball that resulted in zero runs crossing the plate. He fanned 9 and walked 2, which is a stellar night for any pitcher, especially for your #5 guy. We all know that Bieber has had issues with the dreaded “third time through the order” phenomenon, but he did alright tonight. The top of the White Sox lineup came up to start the six and, despite a leadoff double by Yolmer Sanchez, didn’t do any damage. If Bieber needs to be in the bullpen come playoff time, I think the Indians may have something going.

My internet decided to go down during the Cody Allen inning, so I have no idea how he looked. But based on the box score (1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 12 pitches, 7 strikes), I’d say he did pretty well. Brad Hand came in to close the door and he allowed a hit. The audacity.

Tribe Tids: The Bit Edition

  • Jose Ramirez stroked a beautiful double into the right center field gap tonight. For a man who’s looked lost at the plate for a while, it was nice to see him make solid contact and find a gap. Keep doing that, Mr. Hamster, sir.
  • Josh Donaldson only had 1 AB tonight because he walked 4 times. I don’t know what the opposite of a Golden Sombrero is, but that’s what he got tonight.
  • Yonder Alonso continues to look red hot as he has over the past week or so. Maybe he’s heating up at just the right time? Who knows.
  • Oliver Perez has only given up 3 unintentional walks this year. TV viewers were treated to the churning wheels of the mind of Matt Underwood as he verified this math on air for us all to enjoy.
  • Oliver Perez also allowed a run to score in the ninth inning, forcing me to change this recap after it was already complete.
  • White Sox fans (all 7 of them who stayed around) booed Tito in the ninth for making a pitching change with two outs and the Tribe up 10-1. Kinda on your side on this one, Chicago...OH LOOK, CIMBER ALLOWED A RUN. I’M NO LONGER ON YOUR SIDE, CHICAGO.
  • Here are some Tribe tweets. I’ll let you guess which one is the nightmare inducing one:

On a more somber note, Erik Gonzalez got absolutely rocked by a pitch in the eighth inning. Rob Scahill lost control of a 92 mph fastball and it nailed Gonzalez right on the ear flap of his helmet, immediately sending him to the ground. The stadium held its collective breath for a minute or so as Tito and the Cleveland trainers rushed out to a motionless Gonzalez. He finally began to stir and the Chicago faithful applauded as he was able to finally get to his feet. With the help of the training staff, Gonzalez made his way off the field as Rajai Davis took his place on the base paths. The sound and the sight of the hit look absolutely horrendous, so here’s to hoping that he is okay and will have nothing more serious than some soreness and a bruise. Get well soon, Erik.

The Indians begin their final regular season series tomorrow at Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals. Josh Tomlin is starting in what may very well be his last game as a member of the Cleveland Indians. Tune in and watch some dingers for old times’ sake, won’t you?