CHICAGO — The Indians experienced a whirlwind over the last 72 hours, watching five of their teammates get traded, abruptly learning their manager would be taking a leave of absence for the remainder of the season and partaking in a benches-clearing incident on Friday.
But on Saturday, the club showed its not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
Cleveland overcame a five-run deficit and continued to fight off a menacing White Sox lineup to secure a 12-11 victory at Guaranteed Rate Field, preventing the Indians from dropping below .500 for the first time since May 2 when they were 12-13. But it certainly wasn’t easy.
“It’s just a good game back and forth, two competitive teams, just back and forth,” acting manager DeMarlo Hale said, “and it came down to who executed that last part of the game, whether it was defense or offense. I’m very proud of this team, the way they battled back, were down early, came back, took a big lead, a bigger lead, lost it, came back. That’s what teams are about.”
The Indians fell behind, 6-1, in the fourth inning, but proceeded to put up crooked numbers in the next four frames to take the lead. Doubles from Franmil Reyes and Oscar Mercado along with a single by Austin Hedges and a triple by Yu Chang provided a go-ahead five-spot in the sixth. The bats didn’t slow down there, as the club collectively…