The Chicago White Sox’s pitching and hitting came to play in a 5-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals. Errors plagued the Royals, and after the hardships the Sox faced for years against the Golden Crowns, it’s nice to see the scale tip in favor of the Good Guys.
After putting runners on the corners in the first, the Sox started scoring right away in the second inning. Eloy Jiménez blasted a solo shot to center field, and it’s still looking to come down to the ground! At 471 feet, it’s the longest White Sox home run of the season.
Two outs into the inning, Yolmer Sánchez reached base on a bobble by third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez, so Charlie Tilson doubled the speedster home to put the Good Guys up 2-0 in the second.
Reynaldo López found his rhythm early in the game. With a 1-2-3 first inning and striking out the side in the third, ReyLo took control.
The bottom of the fourth rolled around, and Jorge Soler rivaled Eloy’s home run with one of his own. He took one to deep left-center, but it *only* traveled 445 feet.
Instead of letting the inning get out of hand like the-last-three-starts Reynaldo, López pitched two quick outs to leave the fourth with a 2-1 Sox lead.
Both López and Glenn Sparkman cruised throughout the game. The offense of both teams had been halted completely, before a two-out RBI single by Yoán Moncada in the seventh. He drove in Tilson and added an insurance run to make it 3-1, Sox.
With that run, Sparkman was taken out. Even though K.C.’s starter-villain left without the lead, he pitched 6 2⁄3 innings and allowed eight hits and three runs (only two were earned), while striking two batters out.
Evan Marshall came into the game to start the bottom of the seventh for the White Sox, ensuring López had the bounce-back performance that he desperately needed. He pitched a complete six innings, surrendering four hits, one run via the homer, and struck eight Royals out.
Quality work today, Reynaldo! pic.twitter.com/YocMFGbr9N— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 9, 2019
Scott Barlow, who replaced Sparkman, stayed in the game during the eighth. Eloy hit a one-out double to left, just inside the left field foul line. Another out later, Tim Anderson doubled Eloy home. Adding another insurance run, the Sox increased their lead to 4-1.
Aaron Bummer continued his 2019 mastery with a clean eighth inning.
Aaron Bummer has faced 66 batters this season.— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 9, 2019
He has allowed a .100/.182/.117 slashline.
The South Siders continued with their late-inning scoring. With runners on first and second in the ninth inning, José Abreu grounded in what should have been a double play. However, with an errant throw by Nicky Lopez, Tilson found home plate to give the Sox a 5-1 lead.
Kelvin Herrera came on to pitch the final three outs of the game. A leadoff walk and a double later, the Royals had fought back to a 5-2 deficit. After the very early worry, Herrera shut down the Royals.
The Sox win, and Eloy and Moncada had marvelous days. Jiménez went 2-for-5, both hits of the extra-base variety. YoYo had an outstanding 4-for-5 day, tying his career high for hits in a game.
Yoán Moncada is hitting .381/.435/.643 with 3 HR during his 10-game hitting streak #WhiteSox— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) June 9, 2019
Both players had an RBI. The future is bright, and the players are shining!
The White Sox will head home tonight with a 2-3 roadtrip. They start a two-game series against the Washington Nationals tomorrow night. Pitchers for both teams will later be determined. It’s a 7:10 CT game, and WGN will have the broadcast and radio covered. As for the South Side Sox, the expert Darren Jackson will have your coverage.
Remember the open pitching spot on the roster? Ricky Renteria adamently stated that it will not be Dylan Cease. Instead, it looks like Odrisamer Despaigne will be coming up from Charlotte.
Chicago?— Odrisamer Despaigne (@despa40) June 9, 2019
Despaigne’s career numbers are pretty shaky, but after being dumped by the Louisville Bats a month ago and signed to Charlotte, he is having a pretty crafty stretch of pitching: 18 IP, four Ks per walk, 2.00 ERA, 4.27 FIP, 3.64 xFIP.
Here’s to a series win!