Corey Kluber Proves He’s Human in 3-2 Loss
Corey Kluber has been on a phenomenal streak as of late. He’s been so hot, in fact, that articles have begun popping up all over the internet discussing his potential candidacy for the AL Cy Young Award. He has no chance at the award, Felix Hernandez is a virtual lock for it once again, but the fact remained that Kluber has quietly established himself as one of the premier arms in baseball this season.
Leave it to te Chicago White Sox to remind all of us that Corey Kluber is not a machine. He bleeds. And if he bleeds, we can kill it. Even if it is the equivalent of a small paper cut on his pinky finger.
The point it, the White Sox were able to do something that not many teams have been able to say this season – beat Corey Kluber. They did it, once again, behind the bat of their Cuban sensation, Jose Abreu. Abreu, the likely AL Rookie of the Year with his insane .312/.371/.602 slash line drove in two runs with RBI singles in the third and seventh innings. Sandwiched in between was an RBI double off the bat of Adam Dunn that scored, you guessed it, Jose Abreu.
Meanwhile, the Indians offense was unable to get much going against the White Sox starter, Hector Noesi. In seven innings of work, Noesi limited the Tribe to 2 runs on six hits. He struck out five and only walked one.
The Indians scored their first run of the game in the top of the third thanks to an RBI single from Michael Bourn. In the top of the seventh, Lonnie Chisenhall homered for the 12th time this season, a solo shot to make it a 2-2 ball game.
Unfortunately, the Indians were unable to do any damage against a shaky White Sox bullpen as thy pitched two nearly flawless innings to close out the win.
With the loss, the Tribe fell back to 6.5 games in the AL Central standings behind the Royals (who look like they may never loss another game ever again) but remained 4.5 games back of the Mariners, who had lost earlier in the day to Texas. The Indians will look to bounce back this afternoon when Carlos Carrasco takes the mound against John Danks. First pitch is set for 8.10 PM.