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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 6132
Cleveland1 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 x 8140
  W: S. Bieber (13-7)   L: I. Nova (9-12)   S: N. Wittgren (4)
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White Sox look to be spoilers against Indians again

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians

  1. The Indians are averaging 3.33 runs in going just 5-7 against the White Sox this season. They have averaged 4.80 runs against all other teams this year while going 74-51.
  2. At 79-58, Cleveland is closing on its seventh straight season with a .500 or better record. In the Wild Card-era dating to 1995, the Indians have ended 16 seasons at .500 or better, and among AL teams only the Yankees (25) and Red Sox (20) have had more.
  3. Francisco Lindor hit his 26th homer over the weekend, and now has five home runs in his last nine games. Among leadoff hitters, Lindor's 62 extra-base hits are second in MLB. (Rockies' Charlie Blackmon, 67).
  4. Mike Clevinger gets the start for the Indians on Tuesday, and has gone 9-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 11 starts since the beginning of July. No Cleveland right-handed starter has won more decisions in a row since Gaylord Perry won 15 consecutive decisions from April 12-July 3 in 1974.
  5. The White Sox have lost six in a row, and in the last five, Chicago's starting pitchers have posted a 14.58 ERA. In only one other season since 1975 have the White Sox had a five-game stretch in which their starters recorded a higher ERA and that was last year at 15.98 ERA from April 17-22 (excludes overlapping stretch).
  6. Tim Anderson has 11 multi-hit games since August 14, tied with the Nationals' Anthony Rendon for the most in MLB. On the season, Anderson is batting .452 in 93 at-bats with nobody on and nobody out -- best in the majors among hitters with at least 50 such plate appearances.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/2/2019 thru 9/5/2019

The Chicago White Sox may not be entertaining postseason aspirations, but they are doing their best to damage those of the Cleveland Indians.

The White Sox have won eight of 14 meetings in the season series against their American League Central rival heading into the third contest of their four-game series on Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Rookie Eloy Jimenez belted a solo shot with two outs in the eighth inning to cap his fourth career multi-homer performance as Chicago snapped a season high-tying seven-game losing streak with a 6-5 win on Tuesday.

"I don't want to lie to you," Jimenez said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "I first thought it was maybe out on the warning track. But when I see (Cleveland right fielder Yasiel) Puig keep running, I was like, 'Oh, my God.' When I see it's gone, that was amazing for me."

Jimenez has five multi-hit efforts in his last six games, batting .462 (12-for-26) with five RBIs over that stretch.

The 22-year-old Jimenez's blast came on the heels of James McCann's three-run homer that tied the game at 5.

Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber (12-7, 3.27 ERA) will be tasked with keeping Jimenez and McCann in check he when gets the nod on Wednesday.

Bieber fell to 0-3 in a four-start stretch despite surrendering three runs on six hits with nine strikeouts and no walks across 6 1/3 innings in a 4-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Friday.

The 24-year-old, who is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in four career starts against Chicago, is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA in two starts versus the White Sox this season.

Chicago right-handed starter Ivan Nova (9-11, 4.48) has lost two straight games after going 5-0 in a six-start stretch.

Nova owns a 3-2 mark with a 3.29 ERA in six career encounters with Cleveland. The 32-year-old is 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts against the Indians this season.

He might want to keep a keen eye on Roberto Perez, who highlighted his career high-tying four-RBI performance with a three-run homer in the seventh inning that gave Cleveland a 5-2 lead Tuesday. Perez has a career-best 22 homers, with 10 coming in the seventh inning or later this season.

"That was what we thought was hopefully a game-winning hit. It's exciting," Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters. "We've got to nail down games like that."

Franmil Reyes, who is 14-for-37 with four homers, nine runs scored and 13 RBIs in his last 11 games, nearly tied the contest in ninth -- but his towering fly ball was caught on the warning track.

"It was right on the barrel of the bat," Reyes said. "I just missed it and it was too high. I was really prepared for that at-bat, but couldn't get it. We have to be ready (to rebound) and keep it going."

Cleveland's 6-8 mark against Chicago represents its lone losing record against a division opponent this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2019

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