Daniel Palka entered today’s game against the Kansas City Royals with no major league hits.
He now has four.
Palka used left field to his advantage on his first three hits (two singles and a double), tomahawking the ball the opposite way.
He then came up in the top of the seventh inning and crushed a three-run home run over the right-center field wall. The bomb put the Chicago White Sox ahead 8-0, which would stay that way the rest of the game.
Palka was not the only White Sox player to participate in the hit parade in Game One of the doubleheader. Yolmer Sanchez added a bases-clearing double to left-center field in the fourth after a Yoan Moncada infield RBI single.
Matt Davidson continued his Kauffman Stadium domination, but this time with less power. He went 3-5 with two singles and a double.
Sanchez, Moncada, Anderson and Leury Garcia also all had multi-hit games.
Starting pitcher Carson Fulmer finished with seven strong innings of scoreless ball. He walked three but gave up only four hits. His 71 game score helped his ERA drop to 4.32.
Fulmer pounded the bottom of the zone all day and induced weak contact from the Royals’ bats.
Over his last two outings, Fulmer has pitched 13 innings, giving up only two earned runs and four walks. The control seems to slowly but surely be coming back for Fulmer.
Chris Beck came on in the eighth inning and worked two bullpen-saving, scoreless frames.
Here are some fun stats about this season’s Sox-Royals series.
- Sox are 5-0 vs. KC for first time since 2008— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 28, 2018
- Sox 6-game winning streak vs. KC is longest since 9/26/07-7/9/08 (7)
- Sox 6-game winning streak at Kauffman Stadium is longest since 7/12/96-6/4/98 (11)
See you at 7:15 for Dylan Covey in Game Two!