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White Sox rally to beat Royals, 9-5

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Six-run sixth keys fifth win of spring

MLB: Chicago White Sox-Media Day
Luis Basabe went deep for the South Siders in their 9-5 win over Kansas City on Saturday.
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Fans were able to “enjoy the sounds of spring training” on the radio, with no available streaming options for Saturday’s Chicago White Sox game. Kansas City Royals broadcaster Steve Stewart called the White Sox’ 9-5 victory in Sunrise.

Fans couldn’t see the game, and White Sox fielders couldn’t see the ball early on.

The South Siders misplayed three fly balls, two of which led to unearned runs in the first four innings.

Centerfielder Ryan Cordell and rightfielder Daniel Palka had difficulties with the high Arizona sky in the fourth inning, while second baseman Jose Rondon has his own trouble in the third inning.

Michael Kopech started the game and had another impressive outing. He went 2 ⅓ innings, giving up two hits, one walk and no runs while striking out three. He has now pitched 4 ⅓ innings in spring training without giving up an earned run.

Renteria pulled Kopech in the third, with the Sox up 2-0. Cordell and Casey Gillaspie both tapped out RBI extra base hits in the top of the second to give the Sox the early cushion.

TJ House entered the game after Kopech and struggled. He went one inning, allowing three hits, two walks and two earned runs, giving the Royals a 5-2 lead in the fourth.

The White Sox’ bats came alive in the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-RBI triple from Matt Davidson. He ended the day with two hits, bumping his average up to an impressive .350 on the spring.

Micker Adolfo also got in on the party, driving an RBI single to right field. He has held off on elbow surgery and will continue to DH unless doctors tell him otherwise.

Bruce Rondon threw an immaculate sixth inning. (For those who don’t know, that’s three strikeouts on nine pitches. Yeah, not bad.)

Pitching prospect Jordan Stephens turned in another good outing. He went three innings, giving up just one hit while striking out two. He has pitched five scoreless innings this spring training.

Luis Alexander Basabe, a switch-hitter batting lefty, launched an opposite-field dinger to left-center in the eighth to extend the Sox’ lead to 9-5. Luis Robert added his second base hit of Cactus action with a line shot up the middle in the ninth. He wins the loudest-crack-of-the-bat award so far this spring.

Overall, Kopech was great, the sun was bright, and ... no one was injured. A success.