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May 28 at Cleveland

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The Sox displayed both good and bad, but mostly bad.

Short Take: The Sox take the lead, but give the Indians the open door they need to come back.

There are days when we have to remind ourselves that the White Sox are a young team made of players learning how to play in the major leagues. But all too often, we get games filled with kinks that should have been ironed out well before these players made it to Chicago. Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians was one of them. It led to a 9-6 loss that started well and got progressively worse.

It started well enough when Yoan Moncada led off with a four-pitch walk from Adam Plutko, stole second and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Jose Abreu. Matt Skole, making his major-league debut after Matt Davidson was placed on the disabled list earlier in the day, singled on the first pitch he saw to begin the second. He was promptly rewarded with a run when Adam Engel tripled. Engel scored himself when Charlie Tilson hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0, Sox.

Cleveland got one run back in the third, prompting the Sox to bring out the power in the fourth. Not satisfied with his first hit and run in the bigs, Skole hit his first homer to return the run to the Sox. Tim Anderson immediately followed with his own home run. This was what we wanted to see against the best team in the American League Central, though that doesn't say much in 2018.

Dylan Covey pitched well for four innings, but the fifth did him no favors. He should have gotten Yan Gomes out on a foul pop, but Alfredo Gonzalez dropped the ball. Gomes then reached base on a throwing error from Anderson. Though Covey induced a fielder's choice to get Gomes at second, he allowed a Francisco Lindor single and Michael Brantley walk to load the bases and cause Rick Renteria to give him the hook.

Luis Avilan lasted one pitch, though it got Jose Ramirez out on a pop-up that enforced the infield fly rule. And on Chris Volstad's second pitch to Edwin Encarnacion, woof. Moncada, Skole and Daniel Palka all went for it, though it should be Palka's ball the entire time as the outfielder. Palka indeed took charge by sliding, but he couldn't hold onto the ball, and all three Indians baserunners scored on the double to tie the game.

Renteria made yet another pitching change, causing many to wonder why he was managing like this was a winner-take-all playoff game. Whatever the case may be, Jace Fry couldn't keep the game knotted. Yonder Alonso doubled to give the Indians the lead, and he scored himself when Moncada made the third Sox error of the inning. The Indians tacked on one run apiece in each of the next two innings, and though Omar Narvaez got the Sox closer with an RBI double in the ninth, a Pale Hose defeat was all but certain by then.

Rebuilding shouldn't have to include making mistakes reserved for 9-year-olds who don't play travel ball, but that's where the Sox find themselves. While it doesn't help that a lot of guys are injured right now, guys projected to be part of the future are just as guilty of this sloppy play as the roster filler. It's why the Sox likely will lose over 100 games this season and will challenge for 110 defeats. Even if Michael Kopech catches fire after he's eventually called up, should we hold our breath on whether the pace will change?

The Sox will meet the Tribe again Tuesday at 5:10. Lucas Giolito gets another chance to correct his command against Mike Clevinger. But even if Giolito throws well again, it won't matter if the players behind him don't field the ball cleanly. How bogus is it that we have to worry about what should be mundane tasks at this level?

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