He turns the White Sox winning streak into streaks for the hesitant Guardians
After recording the first burst sweep a Chicago White Sox need to carry the momentum into Monday’s series opener against the host Cleveland Guardians
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THE white socks They found themselves 10 games below .500 after a poor start, but eased some of the pressure surrounding the team during a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals over the weekend.
Luis Robert Jr. pitched in Sunday’s 5-2 victory, while Romy Gonzalez contributed three hits, including a two-run triple. Chicago held the Royals to a total of three runs in the series.
“Everybody knows we have an extremely talented team,” Gonzalez said. “We’re just putting it together. Great defense, situational hitting, good pitching, bullpen going great. When we’re clicking, we’re definitely a dangerous team.”
Chicago begins a three-game series against Cleveland looking to bounce back on the other end of this weekend’s sweep of the New York Mets. THE Guardians lost all three games — including both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader — by one run
“It’s tough, especially the one-run games” Guardians said midfielder Myles Straw. “Those are the ones you really want to win. Especially because we’ve had the lead in all of them. That’s baseball. It’s a little frustrating, but we’ve got to keep pushing.
Cleveland will send right-hander Hunter Gaddis (0-1, 6.86 ERA) to the series opener in place of Peyton Battenfield, who went on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder.
Gaddis, 25, is being recalled from Triple-A Columbus, where he is 1-2 with a 5.12 ERA in four starts. The rookie started the season in the majors, but allowed a total of 15 earned runs in 17 2/3 innings over his first four starts.
Gaddis started the white socks he gave up seven runs on eight hits and one walk in four innings last September. Gavin Sheets, Andrew Vaughn, Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal and Elvis Andrus all homered against him
Mike Clevinger was expected from Chicago, but the veteran pitcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right wrist inflammation. THE white socks instead, he is expected to turn to right-hander Jesse Scholtens (0-1, 3.00), who was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
The 29-year-old Scholtens played in two games white socks in early April, allowing two runs (one earned) in three innings. He is 2-2 with a 3.99 ERA in seven starts for Charlotte this season
Chicago got a boost in Sunday’s win over Kansas City from right fielder Clint Frazier, who went 1-3 and scored a run while batting in the sixth. Chicago selected Frazier’s contract from Charlotte before Sunday’s contest.
“Frazier is a good addition to our ball club” white socks said manager Pedro Grifol. “He brings a lot of energy. He’s played well in the field, he’s had good at-bats, he’s got quick hands and he’s got a live body. I’m glad he’s here. I can’t wait to see him play. and just be a part of us.
Chicago won two of three against Cleveland last week and will have to be careful with third baseman Jose Ramirez, who homered in both games Sunday against the Mets.
Despite Ramirez’s efforts, the Guardians season-high 6 games under .500 in their last 17 games with 11 losses
“It’s frustrating as a team,” Cleveland reliever Trevor Stephan said. “The offense seems to be starting and the bullpen has a tough game. But it’s a long season. We’re fighting, we’re going to be fine.”
— Field Level Media