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Eloy Collects His First Two Hits, White Sox Fall to Royal 8-6

The White Sox once again fell to the Royals in a 8-6 ballgame this afternoon. Despite the loss, there were still some positive takeaways from the game. Anthony has the recap here.

It was another tough day for the Sox as they fell short in Kansas City this afternoon in a 8-6 loss. Reynaldo Lopez faced off against Jakob Junis in a match-up where Reynaldo just didn’t have his stuff. After a one-two-three first inning, Lopez became noticeably uncomfortable on the mound.

The Royals would score three runs in the bottom of the third to get on the board first. Billy Hamilton led it off with a single to get it going for Kansas City and when Hamilton gets on base it causes a lot of distraction for the opposing pitcher. Billy, is first in stole bases since the 2017 season which is higher than the Nationals speedster Trea Turner. To put Hamilton’s speed into perspective, after his lead-off single, Billy would tag from first on a sac fly courtesy of Whit Merrifield. Adalberto Mondesi continued his hot start with his third extra base hit in the young season to score Hamilton to make it 1-0.

After a Jorge Soler single, Ryan O’Hearn would bring them home for his first two RBI’s on the year. Lopez couldn’t find a go-to pitch all day. He often caught himself behind in the count, struggling to get a strike.

Before departing in the fifth, Lopez gave up a double to Soler to make it a 4-0 game.

Final Line: 4.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 88 Pitch Count.

As for the offense, it was a lot more pleasant than yesterdays silence.

Eloy Jimenez recorded his first two hits of his career where he went 2-4. Eloy’s first hit came on a slider where he took to the right side to avoid the shift. The struggle for Eloy lies with the breaking balls, but seeing the phenom take it as his first hit is too sweet. He would get his second hit on a rope to center field on another slider. This is going to be a common theme for Jimenez, he still didn’t look that comfortable on the breaking balls but all he needs is a little more time.

The White Sox hit their first two home runs of the year thanks to a three-run homer from Jose Abreu and then one followed off the bat of Yoan Moncada.  

Moncada is determined to put his 2018 campaign behind him as he is 4-8 with a .500 AVG and .500 OBP through two games. His first home run of the season came when the Sox were down 8-4. Moncada would blast a two-run homer putting the Sox right back in it. Yoan just looks different at the plate, more comfortable to say the least. All signs are pointing to a breakout year for the young third basement and I wouldn’t be surprised if a run at his first All-Star Game would be out of his reach.

On another positive note, Kelvin Herrera and Alex Colome made their debuts today where they faced a combine six batters in two innings. The bullpen, which should be a strong point on this young team, did give up four runs this afternoon. One each coming from Jace Fry and Nate Jones. Manny Banuelos would be credited with the other two earned runs as he appeared in his first Major Leauge game since 2015.

Through the first two games, the offense has struggled in the first few innings as the Sox haven’t held a lead yet. In a lineup that is filled with power, the Sox need to find a way to attack and get on base early.

On Deck

The White Sox are right back at it tomorrow in Kansas City where Lucas Giolito will be on the mound for a 1:15 CT start time.

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Feature Photo Credit: Sean Williams

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