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White Sox 7, Orioles 4: Big Bats Are Too Much for Harvey in Opener

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Abreu, Lamb, and Moncada provide all the offense needed

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago White Sox
José Abreu helped power the Chicago White Sox on offense in a 7-4 opener win
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On paper, this looked like a good opportunity for the Chicago White Sox to get some offensive firepower going against a struggling Matt Harvey. That came to fruition as José Abreu started the White Sox offense with three RBIs, while Yoán Moncada and Jake Lamb (!) each contributed two-run home runs to round out the offensive production.

While Dallas Keuchel wasn’t great, that was more than enough cushion for him as he made his way through five innings, giving up four runs off of three homers. The home run tally is particularly damning for a guy that doesn’t give up too many, but — as has been the case all season — Keuchel hasn’t kept a lot of guys off-balance this year as he’s done in years past. Still, Keuchel induced nine ground outs compared to two fly outs, and minimized the damage when possible.

Freddy Galvis, in particular, had Keuchel’s number, as he contributed to two of the three home runs given up by Sox pitching in the game. In his MLB debut, Tyler Nevin started the game with a double in his first at-bat. In total, the Baltimore Orioles scattered eight hits in the game, all against Keuchel.

Although maligned for much of the season, Evan Marshall came in and did a stellar job relieving Keuchel, striking out two in an inning. Liam Hendriks came through and provided the same level of performance for the save. Both pitchers looked aggressive and in control— a great contrast to some of Marshall’s earlier appearances, where he looked to be aiming at the corners.

The White Sox and Orioles turn right back around for Game Two of the doubleheader, with Colleen Sullivan taking it away with double duty (recap, Six Pack) for this evening’s game.