The Sox dropped their second consecutive game when they visited the defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians for their home opener. After the banner raising and ring ceremony, Carlos Carrasco faced off against James Shields in the first game of the season between the White Sox and Indians.

Shields dazzled in his first start of the season in a 11-2 Sox victory over the Tigers. The only issue in that start was the fact that Shields issued five walks in less than six innings. Shields gave up an early home run to the second batter of the game for Cleveland, Francisco Lindor. Following this home run, Shields locked in was lights out the rest of the way. Shields went 5 1/3 innings allowing two hits and one run with six strikeouts and two walks. The control improved tremendously for Shields from his first start to his second. Following Shields’s exit, the rest of the bullpen was phenomenal in stifling the Cleveland offense.

After Todd Frazier’s first home run of 2017 evened the score in the fifth, Carrasco and Shields were both removed from the game within of a couple of innings. The Indians blew several scoring chances against the White Sox bullpen, including two bases loaded, double play groundouts from Edwin Encarnacion. The White Sox had their best scoring chance in the eighth inning against Andrew Miller. Geovany Soto hit a single just before Matt Davidson muscled a pinch-hit double to right. With runners on second and third and one out, Tyler Saladino was robbed of a RBI single by Yandy Díaz. Tim Anderson followed by striking out.

Cleveland won the game in the bottom of the tenth inning via a walk off double by Michael Brantley. Francisco Lindor sprinted from first base and came in to score the winning run against Tommy Kahnle.

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