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Sánchez, White Sox walk it off in a low-scoring affair

The White Sox pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth to squeak past the Royals 2-1

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox
Timely hitting: Yolmer Sánchez drove in both of the White Sox’s runs, the second of which ended the game.
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This game, which started roughly 27 hours ago, finally came to a close. Chicago came out on top 2-1, and the decisive hit was a walk-off single by Yolmer Sánchez.

Two starters (Iván Nova and Homer Bailey) who entered with ERAs well above five pitched surprisingly well, both limiting the opposition to one run apiece. After three scoreless innings on both sides, the Royals broke through in the top of the fourth for the first run of the game. Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier drove in that run with a two-out double to drive in Adalberto Mondesi.

However, the White Sox answered with a run in the fifth, as Yolmer Sánchez drove in James McCann with a single of his own. That was, of course, before the rain got in the way, and the game was suspended. Check out this amazing statistic from Benetti. Mercy, that is something.

When the game resumed today, the offenses struggled once again. Nobody reached scoring position again for either team until the eighth, when Ryan Cordell led off with a double. Eloy Jiménez walked with one out to add to the White Sox’s threat, his second walk of the game and his seventh of the season. But, José Abreu grounded into a double play to end the inning.

With the score still 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the White Sox threatened again, and this time, they came through. Yonder Alonso was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and Tim Anderson came on to pinch run for him. The next batter, James McCann, got his third hit of the day, as he crushed a double to right. Anderson advanced to third, as he had to ensure that Royals right fielder Whit Merrifield could not track it down.

Then, the Royals opted to intentionally walk Charlie Tilson to load the bases and set up the force at every base. That paid off briefly, as José Rondón hit a grounder to third, and the Royals got the forceout at home. But, Yolmer Sánchez overcame an infield with one extra man, as he got another timely single to walk it off.

The White Sox improved to 24-29 on the season and 4-3 against Kansas City. Meanwhile, the Royals fell to 18-35. Stay tuned for game two, which should begin at 6:40 CST. That game will also be on NBC Sports Chicago, and it will be audible on WGN 720.