CLEVELAND — The long ball is being very, very good to the Cleveland Indians in their series finale against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on the south side of Chicago Tuesday afternoon.
After getting just one hit in their first two innings against the White Sox, the Indians started locating pitches from Chicago starter Manny Banuelos and put them over the wall in center and right-center field, respectively.
Catcher Roberto Perez got things going when he belted a solo home run over the wall in center field in Cleveland’s third trip to the plate.
With one out in the top of the third inning, Perez got a 1-1 four-seam fastball at the belt and smashed the 427-foot blast to give the Indians a 1-0 lead over their American League Central Division rivals from Chicago.
It was Perez’s fifth home run of the season, and the Indians were not done building onto their lead.
In the fourth inning, it was cleanup hitter Jordan Luplow who did the damage.
With Carlos Santana on first base after drawing a one-out walk, Luplow sat on a 1-0 sinking fastball and drove it to the opposite field. The ball ricocheted off the top of the wall and into the seats in right field for his third home run of the season.
Luplow’s home run was his third in the last five games, and ironically enough, all three of them have come against Banuelos.
The Indians took a 3-0 lead over the White Sox into the bottom of the fourth inning, and then, added onto the advantage with the long ball once again in the fifth.
After working the count to 2-2, outfielder Jake Bauers sat on a slider that stayed up in the zone, swung through it and sent the pitch over the wall in right field. Bauers’ 411-foot home run was his fourth of the season and gave the Indians a 4-0 lead over the White Sox.