And just like that, the Indians’ offense is alive and well. Apparently all it took was a date with John Danks for them to relearn how to hit baseballs higher and farther than anyone else. That’s exactly what happened last night as the Indians destroyed the feeble White Sox 14-3. More importantly, they kept pace with the competition in the AL Wild Card race.
The Indians jumped all over John Danks from the get go and put the game out of reach before it even got a chance to start. In fact, they scored all 14 of their runs over the course of the first five innings of the game. Danks, meanwhile, would not make it past the fourth. It also meant that he missed out on all of the fun that was the top half of the fifth inning.
A solo home run by Nick Swisher followed by a three run homer from Ryan Raburn put the Tribe on top of the Sox 4-0. They pushed it to a 5-0 lead in the second when Jason Kipnis doubled home Swisher. In the third, Mike Aviles provided a sacrifice fly to right that scored Raburn and Jason Kipnis followed that up in the fourth with a sacrifice fly of his own.
It was the fifth inning, however, when things really got out of hand. Asdrubal Cabrera began the run scoring assault when he homered to left field. It was his 12th home run of the season and put the Indians up 8-2. They then came through with four RBI singles in rapid succession from Michael Bourn, Swisher, Carlos Santana, and Raburn with a walk to Jason Kipnis thrown in for good measure. When the inning was all said and done the Indians led by a score of 14-2.
As one could imagine, 14 runs was more than enough support for Corey Kluber. He worked his was through five innings and allowed only two runs to score. The first came off the bat of Indians killer, Paul Konerko and the second came off of an RBI single from Alejandro De Aza. They did add a third run on the bottom of the eighth inning when Dayan Viciedo hit a sacrifice fly to score Jeff Keppinger.