CHICAGO -- The opposing starting pitchers for this most recent three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field read Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber, three of the best pitchers in the American League Central, let alone on the Indians.
So the White Sox had to be more than satisfied to claim the series win against that trio, culminating Wednesday afternoon in a 6-0 victory that marked the team's first shutout of the season. Jeff Samardzija set the tone with six gritty innings, but the uneven White Sox offense hung a career-worst 13 hits on Kluber to support their starter on a day when he had average stuff.
"It's tough to see those three [Indians starters]," said White Sox leadoff man Adam Eaton, who was one of six starters with two hits. "But when you can take two of three from them, you're doing something right. Hopefully that can continue."
"When you see everyone get into their groove and how they like to play this game, you're going to start seeing games like [Wednesday]," Samardzija said. "[Games] that are nothing to write about, which are always the best games, because that means everyone is playing."
Jose Abreu homered in the first inning and added a two-run double during a three-run seventh. The White Sox were able to add on against Kluber, a trick many teams haven't been able to figure out over his career.
"He's been tough on us for a few years now, and [it's good] to string some hits together, chip away," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We haven't been able to do that against him the last couple years. So it was nice."
"You'll start to see it," Samardzija said. "We've got some older guys on this team, and [there has been] cold weather. We'll get through April, play in May and let's let June and July come, and we'll see what we've got. We've got a lot of pros on this team that know how to play the game."
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