Guardians vs. White Sox – Game Recap – September 22, 2022

CHICAGO — Shane Bieber threw a two-run ball in the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Guardians defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-2 for a three-game sweep Thursday night.

Cleveland opened a seven-game lead over Chicago in the AL Central with their 15th win in 18 games. Already on Sunday, the Guardians (83-67) can win the franchise’s first division title since 2018.

Bieber (12-8) earned his fourth straight win. The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed seven hits, hit out five and went zero in 7 2/3 innings.

“Like many good pitchers, he worked to find his stuff,” said Guardians manager Terry Francona. “He kind of made himself look like Bieber, which is pretty impressive.”

Trevor Stephan finished eighth and Emmanuel Clase managed ninth for his AL-best 37th save in 41 chances.

Cleveland’s pitching staff issued only one walk in the three-game set.

“We’re a confident bunch and we have a lot of fun doing it,” Bieber said.

Gavin Sheets homer for Chicago in the eighth. Johnny Cueto (7-9) allowed four runs, three earned and eight hits in six innings in his third loss in a row.

Chicago isn’t out yet, but it needs plenty of wins — and help — down the track.

“(The season) doesn’t boil down to three games, but we knew what we had to do in this series and we couldn’t. It’s frustrating,” Sheets said. “It’s not just this series; We had to play better all season.”

The White Sox (76-74) have lost three in a row and four of six overall.

Cleveland went ahead to stay on José Ramirez’s sacrificial fly in the third. Steven Kwan hit a triple in the fifth RBI and hit on another Ramírez victim fly, giving the Guardians a 4-1 lead.

The White Sox, who started September on an 8-2 streak but couldn’t gain much ground on the streaking Guardians, got a run in the first RBI single from Eloy Jiménez.

BAD THROW

The Guardians’ second run was set up by a pickoff attempt by Cueto, who bounced in front of first baseman José Abreu’s glove in the third. The ball rolled to the dugout fence, allowing Amed Rosario to surge from first to third place. He came home a pitch later on Ramírez’s victim fly.

TRAINING ROOM

Guardians: RHP Zach Plesac (broken finger) could get a start or two before the end of the season but Francona said that will only happen if Plesac is ready. He’s been out since August 30th.

NEXT

Guardians: Cody Morris (0-2, 2.30 ERA) meets Texas right-hander Jon Gray (7-7, 3.80 ERA) on Friday night.

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.07 ERA) takes on Tigers LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-5, 4.35 ERA) on Friday night.

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