CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox (8-9) played host to the Kansas City Royals (7-11) on Monday night in the first of three between the division rivals at Guaranteed Rate Field, with the White Sox looking to build on a solid offensive performance on Sunday afternoon against the Tribe, and the Royals looking to rebound, entering the contest losers of four consecutive games.
After not seeing an at-bat since April 18, Matt Davidson put the White Sox on the board first in the bottom of the second inning with a 399-foot opposite field home run, his fourth of the season, giving the White Sox an early 1-0 lead. The homer left Davidson’s bat at an estimated 103 miles per hour according to StatCast.
The Royals would knot the game up at 1-1 in the top of the third inning on a Mike Moustakas RBI-single, after an Avisail Garcia ill-advised diving attempt in right field allowed Whit Merrifield, who reached on an error by Todd Frazier to score for the Royals.
The White Sox would add another run in the bottom of the third inning on Jose Abreu‘s second hit in as many at-bats, an RBI-single to left field, plating Tim Anderson to make it a 2-1 Sox lead after three innings. The base-hit for Abreu ensured his second consecutive multi-hit ballgame, a first for Abreu on the campaign.
In the home half of the fifth inning Leury Garcia singled to right field, and Tim Anderson singled to left field to kick off the inning. Anderson’s single was his second of the game, giving him a second consecutive multi-hit game as well. After a gem of a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Saladino, Melky Cabrera laced a line-drive two-RBI single into center field to push the White Sox lead to 4-1 after five innings.
The White Sox would go back to work again in the bottom of the sixth, plating a run on an RBI-double by Matt Davidson that scored Avisail Garcia for the first run of the inning, making it 5-1 White Sox. Tim Anderson would collect his third hit of the ballgame in the form of an RBI-single to center field to make it 6-1 before Tyler Saladino drove in a pair of runs with a two-RBI triple to center field, stretching the White Sox lead to 8-1.
Todd Frazier would tack on two more runs in the sixth inning with a bases loaded, two-RBI double into the left field gap, running the Sox lead to 10-1. After a strikeout by Avisail Garcia, Matt Davidson crushed a long single off of the left field wall, driving in two more White Sox runs to make it a 12-1 game, Davidson’s third and fourth RBIs of the game. Davidson’s laser beam off of the left field wall left his bat at a scorching 110 miles per hour. The White Sox tagged the Royals for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, blowing the game wide-open.
Gonzalez would turn the ballgame over to the bullpen in the top of the ninth inning after tossing eight innings of one-run baseball to earn his third victory of the season. Anthony Swarzak retired the Royals without incident in the ninth inning, securing the White Sox most convincing win of the season, and handing the Royals their fifth consecutive loss.
Matt Davidson: 3-4, 1B, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
Tim Anderson: 3-5, 3 1B, SB, RBI, 3 R
Todd Frazier: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Miguel Gonzalez: 8.0 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 2 H, 5 K, 1 BB (W)
The offense was back in action on Monday night with multiple players collecting multi-hit performances, and Matt Davidson collecting a home run, an RBI-double, and a two-RBI single in his first game in six days. The White Sox plated 12 runs on the evening as the offense notched its second consecutive game with five or more runs scored after being blanked the previous two. Tim Anderson, Matt Davidson and Leury Garcia each recorded three-hit performances as the White Sox pounded out 15 hits on Monday night.
Miguel Gonzalez was excellent again on Monday evening, picking up where he left off in his previous start last week against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Gonzalez fired another eight innings of one-run baseball on Monday night, his second consecutive eight inning-one run performance on the campaign. Gonzalez allowed only one unearned run on a pair of hits and a walk during his outing, and now sits at 3-0 with 2.00 ERA on the season.
The White Sox put together a rare display of “everything firing on all cylinders” on Monday night. The starting pitching was excellent, the offense was working throughout the lineup, and the bullpen was right on par with it’s performance on the current campaign, that being very good. So nothing to see here in the “Bad” category tonight Sox fans.
Game two of the three game series between the White Sox (9-9) and Royals (7-12) will take place on Tuesday evening at Guaranteed Rate Field, with Dylan Covey (1-1, 7.84 ERA) looking to rebound from an awful outing against the New York Yankees his last time out in which he allowed eight runs on 10 hits in five innings of work. The Royals will send Danny Duffy (2-0, 1.32 ERA) to the hill to oppose Covey.
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