MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox0 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 7120
Cleveland0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 110
  W: R. López (9-12)   L: Z. Plesac (7-6)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, September 5, 2019
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 18,913

Indians, White Sox ready to finish out series

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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 Cleveland Indians were poised for a second straight late-inning meltdown before rookie center fielder Oscar Mercado changed that narrative in a big way.

The Indians look to ride the momentum of Mercado's game-saving diving catch into Thursday afternoon's finale of a four-game series against the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Mercado extended his body to reel in Eloy Jimenez's line drive with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, helping preserve Cleveland's 8-6 victory on Wednesday. The catch provided the inning's second out, and Nick Wittgren struck out Ryan Goins to end the Indians' second victory in the series.

Mercado said of his grab, "I felt I had a pretty good jump on that ball. The only thing was it was on a line, and I wasn't sure if I had the time to get to it, but thankfully I did.

"It was just exciting to help my team out in that situation. For a few weeks here, I haven't been living up to my own standards of defensive play. I was working on it in batting practice and feel I'm getting back to what I know I'm capable of doing out there."

Mercado collected an RBI single among his three hits on Wednesday after entering the contest in a 5-for-42 slump.

Cleveland's Franmil Reyes flexed his muscles with a two-run shot to improve to 22-for-69 (.319) with seven homers and 19 RBIs over his past 21 games.

"When I first came here, I was just swinging at the ball," Reyes said. "Now I have a plan, and I don't want to get out of my plan."

Chicago right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (8-12, 5.41 ERA) will try to push Reyes off his plan when he takes the mound on Thursday afternoon.

Lopez was throttled for six runs on six hits in a career-worst two-thirds of an inning on Saturday in an 11-5 loss at Atlanta.

The 25-year-old pitched significantly better in his last meeting with Cleveland, on May 13. He yielded one earned run on two hits in 7 2/3 innings of a 5-2 win to improve to 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in five career starts against the Indians.

Cleveland rookie right-hander Zach Plesac (7-5, 3.61 ERA) will provide the opposition on Thursday as he aims to rebound from his second tough outing in three starts.

Plesac allowed four earned runs in five-plus innings on Saturday in a 9-6 loss at Tampa Bay.

The 24-year-old also fell in his lone encounter against the White Sox despite surrendering only one run on four hits in seven innings of a 2-0 loss on June 2.

Plesac would be wise to keep a keen eye on both Jimenez and Tim Anderson. Jimenez is batting .319 (29-for-91) with four doubles and 13 runs in his last 23 contests while Anderson has hit safely in 18 of his past 20 games.

As for Mercado's catch, a stunned Jimenez tipped his cap to the rookie on the field and praised him off of it.

"I don't know where he (came) from, but it was a nice play for him," Jimenez said. "I need to give him credit because it was a good catch and a good moment. That's all I got."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 5, 2019

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