The Cleveland Indians complete their three-game series on the road Thursday against American League Central rival the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland defeated the White Sox on Tuesday 11-0. Jose Ramirez returned from the injured list with a grand slam, three-run homer and seven RBIs, while Oscar Mercado and Roberto Perez each homered as well.
Carson Fulmer fell to 1-2 after suffering the loss. Tim Anderson led the majors in batting average at .334 entering the game and had one hit in three official at-bats, while teammate Zack Collins had a pair of hits. Chicago has lost two straight and 6 of its last 10 overall falling to five games below .500 at home.
Francisco Lindor is the Indians leader in hitting with a .290 batting average and in hits with 168. Carlos Santana leads in home runs with 34 and RBIs with 93. The Indians are averaging .252 at the plate, while opposing hitters are averaging .238. On Thursday, the Indians will send Aaron Civale to the mound. The right-hander is 3-3 with an ERA of 1.82, 42 Ks and 13 BBs.
Tim Anderson leads Chicago with a .334 batting average. Jose Abreu is the team leader in home runs with 33, RBIs with 121 and in hits with 173. Chicago is batting .258 while its opponents are averaging .264. On Thursday, the White Sox will send Dylan Cease to the mound. The right-hander is 4-7 with an ERA of 5.79, 81 Ks and 35 BBs.