KANSAS CITY — The Chicago White Sox (13-11) and the Kansas City Royals (8-16) got back together for game two of their four game series this week on Tuesday evening at Kauffman Stadium, with the White Sox looking to get back to their winning ways of last week after dropping their last two ballgames.
The White Sox sent their ace, Jose Quintana to the mound on Tuesday evening to oppose the Royals starting pitcher, Danny Duffy. The White Sox have been historically poor offensively when Quintana takes the hill, and entered the ballgame scoring first in just 36 percent of their road contests this season, but overcame those theories quickly as they plated a pair in the top of the second inning.
After Todd Frazier singled on a fly ball to right field, Avisail Garcia moved him to third base with a single to right field of his own, advancing to second base on the throw by right-fielder Jorge Bonafacio. White Sox catcher Geovany Soto laced a line-drive into center field, plating Todd Frazier to put the White Sox on the board, and recently promoted Willy Garcia would add one more to the lead when Avisail Garcia scored on his ground-out to the Royals second-baseman Christian Colon.
In the top of the third inning Avisail Garcia would collect his second base-hit in as many attempts on a line-drive to left field, scoring Yolmer Sanchez from third base for his 21st RBI of the season, and giving the White Sox a 3-0 lead. In the very next at-bat Sox catcher Geovany Soto would log his second RBI of the evening on a sacrifice fly to left field, stretching the White Sox lead to 4-0.
The White Sox offense had their way early on with Royals’ starter Danny Duffy, collecting nine hits in the first five innings of the ballgame, and running Duffy’s pitch count above 100 pitches in the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s contest.
Jose Quintana on the other hand, was excellent through the first five innings, retiring 15 of the first 17 Royals hitters that he faced, three via the strikeout, and all in just 55 pitches.
In the top of the sixth inning, Duffy walked the lead-off hitter Avisail Garcia before allowing Geovany Soto his second hit of the ballgame, the White Sox 10th hit to that point in the game to set up runners at the corners with nobody out. Royals skipper Ned Yost went to Chris Young out of the bullpen to replace Duffy at that point.
After Young struck out Willy Garcia on a full-count offering, Leury Garcia scored Avisail Garcia from third on a squeeze play to the right side, reaching first safely on what the official scorer dubbed an E4 on the play and making it a 5-0 White Sox lead. With two down in the inning Yolmer Sanchez turned on a line-drive into right field, scoring Soto and making it 6-0 Sox. The hit was Sanchez’s third of the ballgame, and his fifth RBI of the season.
Jose Quintana continued to dazzle throughout the middle and latter innings of Tuesdays ballgame, tossing eight scoreless innings while allowing only four hits while striking out seven and walking a pair of Royals hitters as he picked up his second consecutive victory.
Anthony Swarzak logged a scoreless ninth inning to secure the White Sox 6-0 victory, their seventh in their last nine, and their 14th victory of the season.
Avisail Garcia: 2-2, RBI, 2 R, BB, HBP
Jose Quintana: 8.0 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 7 K, 2 BB (W)
Geovany Soto: 2-3, SAC, 2 RBI, R
After dropping a pair to the Tigers and Royals over the last two days, the White Sox jumped back into the win column by jumping on Danny Duffy early and often on Tuesday night. The offense was excellent, stringing together timely hitting to jump out to an early lead in support of an equally impressive pitching performance by Jose Quintana who seems to have finally moved past his early season hiccups after posting back-to-back victories and solid starts.
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The White Sox announced before Tuesday evening’s ballgame that they would be slowing down the rehab process of starting pitcher James Shields, due to the strained right lat-muscle not responding the way that they would like it to. The trip to the 10-day DL, the first trip to the disabled list of his career, now seems to be a longer stay that originally anticipated. Shields had this to say about the hiccup in the recovery this afternoon,
“It’s kind of a slower process than I thought right now,” Shields said. “It’s not really responding the way I’d like it to be. We’re just going to keep moving forward”
The White Sox (14-11) and the Royals (8-17) will be back in action from Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night, as the White Sox send Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 5.00) to the hill to oppose Nathan Karns (0-2, 6.26). The White Sox got to Karns for four runs on seven hits in six innings on April 26, part of the three game sweep of the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field last week.
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