Cleveland, Ohio – Before the 60-game season began, the Indians discussed the pros and cons of the start of the five-man rotation and the six-man rotation. He decided to go with five starts, but on Tuesday night Adam Pluto reminded him that a six-round detour also has its advantages.
Pluto, who was the sixth starter, came out of the bullpen and played six strong innings as the Indians completed the White Sox’s doubleader sweep with a 5–3 win at Knight. They won the first game 4-3.
The sweep gives the Indians a 4–1 record and places them first in AL Central.
Pluto (1-0, 3.00) made a strong start to the rotation of manager Terry Francona. They are now 4–0 with a 2.32 ERA in six matches. Initially scored 34 runs, while scoring eight earned runs in 31 innings. He drove three and allowed 24 hits.
In Tuesday’s sweep, Aaron Sewale and Plutko blocked the Chicago-filled lineup for four runs on 12 hits over 12 innings. The bullpen was not bad either. Relievers gave up two runs in six innings in the sweep. Brad Hand saved the first game and Rocky Cam Hill saved the second.
“Sewale did a great job passing the baton over me and I just wanted to pass the baton,” Plutko said.
Carlos Rodan (0–1, 12.27) was set to make a hasty debut by the Indians after Tommy John’s surgery on his left elbow on May 15, 2019. In the past he has pitched well against them (5-3, 2.49), but on Tuesday night he will stay away from such competition for a very long time.
Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor entered consecutive doubles with a 1-0 lead in the first match. Carlos Santana followed with a two-run homer with a 3–0 lead.
James McCain held Chicago close with Homer in the second, but Rodan could not finish fourth. Steve Seashek drove one loaded bases with one to relieve. Oscar Mercado singled rapidly to drop Frenmil Reyes and Domingo Santana for a 5–1 lead.
“It felt good,” said Mercado. “I am gaining confidence. It is always good when you can get into such a big situation. I batted poorly against him in the first game. I didn’t see the ball really well.
“Coming out again, I was glad that I was able to get him. The competitive nature in me did not let him get me twice. “
The doubleheader helped arouse the offense. Or perhaps it was the postponement of Monday that helped doubleheaders on Tuesday, which helped revive the Indians.
Carlos Santana entered eight at-bats for the season on Tuesday. He went 2-for-2 in Game 1 and added two more hits in the second game.
Lindor went 2-for-14 in the season-opening series against Kansas City. On Tuesday he went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season as an opener. He added an RBI double in the second game.
Mercado opened the season for 1-7, but his two-run single was a critical hit in the second game. But it was not as important as his run-saving, and perhaps, game-saving work in center field.
The White Sox took a 5-3 lead in the eighth with a double from Jose Abreu and a single by Nikki Delmonico. Dominic Lyon had retired the first two men he encountered, but Abreu and Delmonico gave Chicago hope. Leon faced Zac Collins after a trip to pitch coach Carl Willis, who sent a liner to deep center field. Mercado ran the ball down and seemed to be able to climb the base of the wall at the end to catch the catch.
“It’s a game saver,” Francona said.
The only run allowed by Plutko came on home runs by McCain and Abreu. McCain finished second and Abreu finished sixth. Pluto faced 10 of the final 11 batters. It included a strike-out in the fourth order.
Hill, in his second big league appearance, retired the White Sox to make his first big league save.
“I just told myself to keep things simple,” Hill said. “The game doesn’t change. It is still 60 feet, six inches. You have to make your pitches and take your outsides. At the end of the day all I needed were three outsides. It did not matter how I met him. “
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