Indians bats stay cold in 2-0 loss to White Sox

The Indians have lost three-straight games

James Rapien
May 07, 2019 - 9:10 pm
May 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (77) reacts in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians’ bats were asleep for the third-straight game on Tuesday night, as the White Sox picked up the 2-0 win.

The Indians struggled at the plate all night long, finishing with five hits. They’ve had their struggles scoring runs all season, but the past three games have been a nightmare for Terry Francona's club. They’ve scored one run in their last 27 innings and have been outscored 21-1 over that span.

They are 1-for-21 in the last three games with runners in scoring position. They were 0-for-5 on Tuesday against the White Sox.

The Indians were close to breaking out of their slump in the eighth inning. Francisco Lindor singled, Jason Kipnis doubled and Jose Ramirez walked to load the bases. Carlos Santana came to the plate with two outs. He was patient, but ultimately struck out looking. Santana thought the pitch was low, but home plate umpire Jerry Meals called it a strike. Santana appeared to hit a home run earlier in the at-bat, but he pulled it foul.

Starter Jefry Rodriguez did his job for the Indians. He allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings of work. He has a 2.41 ERA in three starts this season.

Rodriguez wasn't perfect, he walked three and struck out six. He threw 96 pitches total (56 strikes). He's had his control issues in the past and had his issues on Tuesday night, but he did just enough to keep the Indians in the game. 

The White Sox loaded the bases with just one out in the fourth inning. Rodriguez got out of the jam by getting Tim Anderson to ground into a fielder's choice, before striking out Yolmer Sanchez. 

Frankie Flashes – Francisco Lindor was a bright spot for the Indians. He went 3-for-4 with two singles, raising his batting average to .263 on the season. 

Up Next – Shane Bieber is on the mound for the Indians on Wednesday. He is 2-1 on the season with a 3.16 ERA. Reynaldo Lopez will pitch for the White Sox. He's 2-4 on the season with a 6.69 ERA.