7:48 p.m.-MICHAEL BRANTLEY HITS GAME-WINNING RBI DOUBLE IN 10TH
CLEVELAND -- Left fielder Michael Brantley has dealt with plenty of injury issues over the last two seasons, but finally healthy, he is delivering for the Cleveland Indians in the early part of the 2017 regular season.
With two outs and a full count in the bottom of the 10th inning of the home opener at Progressive Field, Brantley smacked an RBI double to the corner in left field and drove in shortstop Francisco Lindor in a 2-1 walk-off win over the Chicago White Sox (2-4).
Brantley’s game-winning hit gave the Indians (4-3) their fourth walk-off win in a home opener at Progressive Field (1994, 1998 and 1999).
Lindor drew a two-out walk to set up the game-winning hit from Brantley.
5:25 p.m.-WHITE SOX DRAW EVEN WITH INDIANS
CLEVELAND -- After three one-two-three frames over the first four innings, the Chicago White Sox broke through against the Cleveland Indians in the top of the fifth of the home opener from Progressive Field.
After doubling in his first at-bat, White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier smashed a 3-1 pitch from Indians starter Carlos Carrasco over the wall and onto the porch in left field. Frazier’s line-drive home run, which travelled 390 feet, evened the score at 1-1.
The White Sox looked as though they might add on more runs when right fielder Avisail Garcia smacked a one-out single to center field. However, catcher Geovany Soto struck out swinging, and with Jacob May at the plate, Garcia was caught stealing when Yan Gomes fired a throw down to Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, who slapped down the tag ahead of the slide.
Cleveland Indians battle Chicago White Sox in Home Opener
4:23 p.m.-FRANCISCO LINDOR SMASHES HR IN FIRST
CLEVELAND -- Francisco Lindor continues to be on a tear at the plate for the Cleveland Indians.
With one out, Lindor drove a 2-1 pitch from Chicago White Sox starter James Shields over the wall in right field, which gave the Indians a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of the home opener at Progressive Field.
Lindor turned on a belt-high fastball right over the heart of the plate, dropped the barrel of the bat on the ball and smashed it 397 feet into the seats.
Including the first-inning blast, Lindor leads the Indians with four home runs through the first seven games of the 2017 season.
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