Shane Bieber is zeroing in on the Ws, not the Ks.
The dominant AL Cy Young Award champ struck out 11, establishing a significant association record all the while and pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Friday night.
Bieber (3-2) fanned at any rate eight in his eighteenth consecutive game, breaking a tie for the imprint set by Hall of Famer Randy Johnson in 1999-2000.
“It’s uncommon,” Bieber said. “I understand what happened around evening time, and it’s sort of dreamlike just to have the option to encounter that. Clearly by the day’s end the only thing that is important is going out there and allowing the group to win, and winning, so I’m truly content with how this evening went.”
Bieber surrendered three runs and seven hits, strolling one of every six innings. He has fanned 68 out of six beginnings this year — he’s struck out in any event 11 out of five of those games.
“I think he figures out how to acknowledge the demand, paying little heed to what it is, and attempt to utilize it for his potential benefit,” supervisor Terry Francona said. “I imagine that is the thing that great players do.”
José Ramirez homered and drove in three runs for Cleveland.
Tim Anderson had two hits with a RBI and took two bases for the White Sox. He was a piece of two of Chicago’s three runs, driving in Nick Madrigal and scoring on Yoán Moncada’s single in the third inning.
This was Anderson’s second time with different taken bases in a game this season. The originally went ahead April 19 in Boston.
Ramirez began Cleveland’s four-run inning in the third with a bases-stacked, two-run single off Dallas Keuchel (1-1). The Indians stacked the bases with one out when Andrés Gimenez singled and Cesar Hernandez and Jordan Luplow moved consecutive strolls.
The Indians added two additional runs in the third inning on Franmil Reyes’ RBI groundout and a solitary by Eddie Rosario.
Ramirez hit a performance shot in the eighth to give Cleveland a two-run lead.
“I was focusing on getting that pitch,” Ramirez said. “Ordinarily that is the thing that they’ve been tossing a ton previously, a changeup outside, so I was searching for that pitch.”
Keuchel got comfortable after the Indians’ initial burst and proceeded to pitch through the 6th, including resigning nine straight hitters after the third inning.
Keuchel posted fours no matter how you look at it — runs, hits, strikeouts and strolls.
Cleveland chose the agreement of RHP Nick Sandlin from its substitute site and optioned LHP Logan Allen.
The White Sox got OF Adam Eaton back from a one-game suspension and returned SS Danny Mendick to the substitute site. Eaton was suspended for his part in a seats clearing occurrence against the Indians on April 15.
The White Sox have RHP Lance Lynn (1-1, 0.92 ERA) back from the 10-day IL to take the hill against RHP Triston McKenzie (0-0, 4.32 ERA). Lynn has been on the harmed list since April 18 with a stressed right trapezius.