CLEVELLAND, Ohio – In his first start to the season, Zach Plesak had no choice but to follow the leaders of those who played for him. That’s exactly what he did on Wednesday night at the Progressive Field.
Plesak became the sixth straight Indian starter since opening to lay out at least six innings, allowing two or fewer runs. Not only was he responsible for what Shane Bieber, Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco, Aaron Sivali and Adam Plutko had done before him, but he was doing a little more.
The only thing missing in the game was insult. He reached the ninth inning, which is a testament to how well Plesak and Chicago crashed Lucas Jolito and his whip. When they succeeded, the White Sox came to Brad Hand for a 4-0 win.
The hand (0-1) started ninth and allowed four runs on one stroke in 1/3 of the inning. He allowed Tim Anderson to play a double, passed John Moncado and hit Jose Abreu to start the inning. Jasmani Grandal made it a 1-0 sacrificial flight. Adam Zimber was relieved and allowed the victim to fly to Eloy Jimenez and a double by Luis Robert.
The last time the Indians had six starters was to open the season with six or more innings, and two or fewer runs were allowed in 1905. That was 115 years ago, and the pitchers were named Otto Hess (twice), Eddie Joss, Earl Moore and Bob Rhodes. This has not been done in the major leagues since the 1993 Atlanta Braves.
Plesak threw eight unsuccessful innings, hitting a high career of 11. He made three shots and missed a cold shot in 98 trades.
Indian rotation – 4: 0 with 1.85 ERA in six games. The starters crossed out 53 bats and passed three in 39 innings.
“That’s exactly what we do – feeding each other,” Plesak said. “I think we have a healthy competition. This group of guys, with the work they’ve been doing, they’re very smart about what they want to do when it’s their turn to take the mound.
“Every time I watch one of my boys throw the day in front of me, it makes a fuss and prepares me to perform.”
Plesak and Lucas Jolito were the main centers of the game until the ninth.
Jolito, frustrated by the Twins at his first start to the season, threw six unsuccessful innings. He crossed out six and went through two to lower the ERA from 17.18 to 6.52.
“I thought Zack was extraordinary,” said Indian leader Terry Francona. “The first five or six innings were very difficult to see, but both pitchers matched each other. Plesak hit the strike zone. He changed speed. He was effective. He was extraordinary, like their boyfriend. “
Like all good snacks, they were the best when it meant the most.
The White Sox put runners in first and third place, two outs in third thanks to singles by Larry Garcia and Anderson. Garcia had to come out when he tried to go from first to third on Anderson’s soft single on the left, but Bradley Zimmer threw the transition to third and Jose Ramirez failed to do so. Zimmer was accused of making a second mistake in two days.
Plesak finished the serve, forcing Moncada to jump to Ramirez.
He resigned for the next seven tests before striker Adam Engel started sixth with a double. Plesak, mixing the speeds well, crossed out Anderson, Moncada’s resignation on the liner to the second and Abreu’s resignation on the miner for a short time. Anderson was so upset that he struck in the off-speed field that he slammed the bat against the ground, smashing it from handle to barrel.
“I was really trying to attack,” Plesak said. “I didn’t want to choose too hard when the top of the line came back. I knew I would have to lock in and face the heart of their lineup.”
Jolito was just as good.
Cesar Hernandez left, and Ramirez singled him out for the third to start the fourth. Jolito knocked out Francisco Lindor and encouraged Carlos Santana to double 3-6-3.
The Indians loaded the bases from two to six. Hernandez singled out, Ramirez doubled it to third, and Lindor left. Carlos Santana flew to the center.
On Tuesday, which held the White Sox, the Indians were defeated, 19-15, but won with a big pitching. Great pitching reappeared on Wednesday, but it’s hard to win if you don’t score.
The Indians finished with six hits, three – Ramirez. Aaron Bummer (1-0) became the winner with an unclear eighth.
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