CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox (10-9) and the Kansas City Royals (7-13) got together to wrap up their three game series this afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field, with the White Sox looking to complete the three game sweep of the Kansas City Royals after outscoring them 22-6 over the course of the last two games.
The White Sox, who entered the series 28th in baseball in hitting, have scored 28 runs on 39 hits in their last three contests against the Indians on Sunday afternoon and the Royals on Monday and Tuesday evening.
The White Sox got on the board early on Wednesday afternoon when Jose Abreu ripped a line drive down the third-base line into left field for an RBI-double, plating Tyler Saladino who singled in the prior at-bat. The double was Abreu’s fourth of the season, and was his seventh hit since the start of Sunday’s victory over the Tribe. Abreu entered this past Sunday’s game with only 11 hits on the season at that point.
Todd Frazier would stay hot in the bottom of the first inning as well, driving in Abreu with an RBI double of his own, giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead after one inning on Wednesday.
The Royals would push one across in the top of the fifth inning on a Jorge Bonafacio RBI-single up the middle, and tie the ballgame in the top of the sixth inning when an Alcides Escobar ground-out to White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson plated Alex Gordon making it a 2-2 contest.
Jose Abreu left the ballgame in the top of the fifth inning after stretching awkwardly while attempting to field a ground ball. Abreu was evaluated by team doctors, and the White Sox announced that Abreu suffered a “mild” hip flexor strain, and is considered day-to-day. Abreu will be reevaluated in Detroit.
In the bottom of the sixth inning Avisail Garcia crushed his fourth home run of the season, a 451-foot shot into the batters eye in center field, scoring Melky Cabrera and putting the White Sox back in front by a score of 4-2 heading into the seventh inning.
Leury Garcia stretched the White Sox lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning with a solo homer to right-center field, his second of the season.
Avisail Garcia: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI
Jose Abreu: 2-2, 2 2B, RBI
Todd Frazier: 1-3, 2B, RBI
Jorge Bonafacio: 2-3, RBI
Alcides Escobar: 1-4, RBI
The White Sox bats cooled off somewhat from their last two outings in which they scored a combined 22 runs against the Royals, but still got the job done today to earn the sweep over the Royals and their fourth consecutive victory. Jose Quintana turned in his best performance of the season on Wednesday, looking solid during the early part of the ballgame, and good enough through the middle innings. Quintana earned his first victory of the season, making him 1-4 now on the campaign.
After two doubles this afternoon, Jose Abreu had logged four consecutive multi-hit performances after starting the season with on 11 hits entering play on Sunday. While his injury may be considered “mild” at this point, it is still most certainly coming at a poor time, just when Abreu’s bat has begun to heat up.
After an off day on Thursday the White Sox (11-9) will head to the Motor City to take on the division leading Detroit Tigers (11-8) for three games. Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 4.15 ERA) will make his second start for the White Sox against one of his former teams, as the Tigers will send Matthew Boyd (2-1, 3.86 ERA) to the hill on Thursday evening at Comerica Park.
First Pitch: 6:10 pm (CT)