Jordan Luplow, have a day!
Luplow smashed two home runs to lead the Indians to a 5-0 victory over the White Sox on Thursday afternoon. The game was called after just five innings of play, thanks to some rainy Cleveland weather.
Luplow, acquired from the Pirates in the offseason, absolutely tattoo’d both of his homers. His first dinger came in the second inning, crushing a 92 mph Manny Banuelos fastball 422 feet into the left field bleachers. His second homer came in the fifth, off Banuelos again, this time smoking an off-speed pitch 424 feet into the trees in right center.
Luplow is on a heater, hitting .333 with a 1.207 OPS since being recalled from AAA Columbus last week. It’s clear he’ll continue to get at-bats against left-handed pitchers and likely some righties too.
Carlos Carrasco got the start for the Tribe and was good and efficient on the mound. He threw five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, and struck out six. Carrasco was in a bit of a hurry on the mound, worried about the rain and wanting to get five innings in so the game could be official. He even had his infielders stop throwing the ball around the diamond after a strikeout to save time.
Other Game Notes:
- Jake Bauers showed some hustle and speed, scoring from second on a Banuelos’ wild pitch.
- Jason Kipnis, he of the .525 OPS, hit second. Against a left-handed starter. Hmmm.
- The announced attendance was 13,247. I’m pretty sure there were about half that many folks actually in the park. The Tribe has had some rough weather so far for most of their homestands, which really stinks for a club who struggles with attendance to begin with.
Also, this happened to the White Sox . . .