The audience at the Guaranteed Soccer Course knew the seriousness of the moment José Abreu faced Emmanuel Clase in a second round draw in the 10th round on Tuesday.
Abreu went to the right, scoring a goal from Elvis Andrus to give the Chicago White Sox hope in a win-win situation against the Cleveland Guardians.
The game went to 11 where it all fell apart for the Sox. Rangers scored five inning runs and won 10-7 to 23,242.
Myles Straw broke the draw 5-5, winning twice against Jake Diekman. Steven Kwan followed with the RBI single, and José Ramírez brought a sacrifice rune as the Guardians handed the Soxom a devastating defeat in the American League Central race.
The Sox follows the Guardians through five games.
The night started with AL Cy Young Award candidate Dylan Cease at the Mound for the Sox. He went through some early potholes and allowed one pass for four strokes with three strikes and three strolls in six laps.
He received defensive aid from second base Josh Harrison who made some spectacular moves – one on the ground and one on a soft liner – to rob Amed Rosario of two hits.
The permitted break came in the second. Andrés Giménez started the round with the slicer to the left. AJ Pollock stumbled as he ran for the ball, and Giménez came in third and tripled. Scored a goal on a sacrificial flight to the right alongside Austin Hedges.
Pollock played a role in helping the Soxom take the lead in sixth.
Andrus led the inning with one single. He stole the second one, which was held after a video challenge by the Guardians. Yoán Moncada walked, and the Rangers replaced starter Aaron Civale with deputy Nick Sandlin.
Abreu was hit by Sandlin’s first throw, loading the bases for Eloy Jiménez, who tied with one to the center.
Vaughn att*cked, bringing Pollock to a plate with the bases loaded and one removed. Pollock hit the ground for a second, which looked like it was a two-game inning.
Giménez threw the ball to Rosario second, but Rosario’s first shot missed Owen Miller. Two runs were scored during this sequence, making the score 3-1.
The rangers took the following walks to start the seventh one to draw the game.
Kwan lunged in one punch, and with two outs and corner runners, Ramírez hit the ground deep in a hole in his brief brief career and simply beat Andrus’s throw for the first. A run scored after hitting the field, tied the match for 3.
Rosario tried to break the tie by scoring from second place after a field hit by Josh Naylor. Andrus made a stop to dive into the field grass and pounced on the plate. Catcher Seby Zavala applied the tag and Rosario was summoned to end the round.
He seemed to beat the tag, but the Rangers couldn’t challenge losing the sixth round review.
The RBI single Naylor and Oscar Gonzalez’s sacrificial flight to downtown gave the Guardians a 5-3 lead in 10th place.
Sox got into the run as Zavala scored on a defender’s choice. Andrus scored first in the game and stole the second. Abreu pushed him with a strike on the 1-2 pitch, drawing the match for 5.
The Guardians reacted in a major way on the 11th.
Pollock hit two homer rounds in the bottom 11th, but the Sox didn’t come close and they found themselves in a huge hole with 14 games remaining in the regular season.
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