This game had it all: offense, defense, pitching, and a whole lot of drama. Most importantly, the White Sox landed on top in an entertaining win and a series sweep!
The White Sox started the game with a bang! Leury García opened the doors with a single to left field. Yoán Moncada followed with a two-run opposite field home run.
The Sox were up 2-0, until the second inning. The Royals found the board with a Jorge Soler single to left, which drove in Alex Gordon. Soler’s RBI followed back-to-back singles from Gordon and Hunter Dozier, respectively.
The South Siders were not content with leading by one. Eloy Jiménez singled to right; then, sparks flew, and everything went down. Tim Anderson came to bat, and after one pitch, Glenn Sparkman hit TA7 on the cap of his batting helmet. Immediately, the home plate umpire, Mark Carlson, threw out Sparkman. Martín Maldonado and Ned Yost stormed to protest. Their argument was that the changeup slipped from Sparkman’s fingers. True or not, the history between the clubs calls for no error. Carlson put an end to it and rightfully so.
Sparkman hits Anderson in the head. Sparkman ejected immediately. pic.twitter.com/lgRhjFF4Ku— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) May 30, 2019
During the fiasco, the Legend kept his cool and composure. Like a boss, he flipped his bat and made his way to first after Maldonado and Yost stated their “points.”
Jorge López came in to replace Sparkmen.
With men on first and second and zero outs, Yolmer Sánchez drove in Eloy with a base hit to right field. It increased their score to 3-1. Charlie Tilson followed with a groundout to second, but Tim scored, 4-1. Keeping the line movng, Leury singled to left. YoYo followed with a strikeout, but José Abreu followed with his own oppo-taco!
The inning soon came to an end, but not before a crooked number went up on the board!
With a 7-1 lead, ReyLo pitched a 1-2-3 third inning.
During the fourth inning, Leury did his best Adam Engel impersonation. He robbed Soler, and respectfully so, Soler tipped his cap. At least one Royal is respectful.
White Sox operating on all cylinders. Looking impressive. Leury steals a Soler homer and Soler gives him a helmet tip.— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) May 30, 2019
García followed his home run robbery with a base hit to right after Yolmer’s leadoff single to start the fourth inning. He improved to 3-for-3 on the night.
As if he coudn’t get any better, Leury robbed Adalberto Mondesi with a superman grab during the fifth inning. Mercy!
However, here’s when the game went south. During the top of the sixth, Soler finally hit his two-run home run to left. The Royals still trailed 7-3.
Later in the inning, Billy Hamilton had a bloop single to right field, and hometown kid Nicky Lopez drove him in with a triple. White Sox killer, Whit Merrifield drove Nicky in with an RBI single.
A 7-5 game later, ReyLo was taken out of action. Even with McCann behind the plate, López coud not find his rhythm. He went five-and-two-thirds innings, and he gave up 12 hits, five runs, and only struck out three.
Jace Fry replaced the struggling Reynaldo and escaped the sixth with a fielder’s choice.
The seventh inning passed, and Kelvin Herrera came in for the eighth inning. Ever since his back injury, he has not been the same. The dreaded moment of the game came when Nicky Lopez singled home Frank Gore (pinch runner for Maldonado) and Hamilton after giving up a walk and a bunt, respectively. The game was finally tied at seven.
But, we know that the South Siders do not like to tie. One out into the eighth, McClutch hits a long double, and Tim “MVP” Anderson drove James home with a double of his own!
Alex Colomé appeared for the save attempt in the ninth. His third appearance in two days, Colomé found the strength and the will to close the game! He is now 11-for-11 in save attempts; he is a true gem in the back of the bullpen.
SOX WIN!!! SOX SWEEP!!!
Tomorrow, the Boys in Black continue their homestand and start a four-game series against Cleveland. Manny Bañuelos (2-4, 7.71 ERA) will face off against Carlos Carrasco (4-5, 4.60 ERA). NBC Sports Chicago will be broadcasting, and WGN-AM has the radio for the 7:10 CT game. I will see you guys tomorrow!
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