White Sox at Kansas City: Saturday and Sunday
Time for a bit of a catch up with the Sox from Saturday and Sunday, before we pack up and head off to Denver for a three game series before we head back to The Cell to welcome the Cleveland Indians for a four game series and then a well deserved day off.
**SATURDAY – K.C – 4 and the White Sox – 3
Saturdays uniform was the grey away pants and black jerseys.
John Danks made his first appearance for the Sox. He pitched 7 complete innings when he hands over to Scott Downs in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out left in the 8th inning Scott headed to the shower and Miakel Cleto,who got the final out of the inning.
Things were quiet until the bottom of the second inning until an error by Jose Abru allowed Perez of K.C to reach first base.
Connor Gillaspie and Dayan Viciedo both got singles in top of the fourth but were not able to score.
Kansas City did the damage in the bottom of the fourth getting 2 runs John loaded the bases and then walked Moustakas for the second run of the inning.
The Sox’s got one run back in the top of the when Alexei Ramirez scored when Adam Eaton grounded out to second.
Kansas City scored another run to make it three to one when butler hit a Sac fly and Aoki scored.
Things went quiet again until the top of the eighth inning when the Sox fought back scoring two runs, Marcus Semein singled to left, Jose Abru was hit by a pitch, Dayan Viciedo was walked to load the bases. Conor Gillaspie hit a single to center allowing Semien to score making it three to two. Paul Konerko’s sacrifice fly allowing Abru to score and tie up the game.
Kansas City took the lead on the bottom of the eighth inning when Gordon who had doubled to deep right, scored when Perez doubled to left.
**SUNDAY – White Sox – 5 and Kansas City – 1
Sunday brought Chris Sale to the mound to close the series. Chris handled things in the office until the top of the ninth inning when Matt Lindstrom came in to close out the game. Chris finished with eight strike outs, one walk and four hits in eight innings worked.
The only activity in the first inning was a single by Marcus Semien. It was quiet again until the top of the third when Adam Eaton got a single. Kansas City counted with two hits of their own in the bottom of the third but were not able to take advantage of it.
The fifth inning activities for both teams saw Conor Gillaspie with a double to left center and in the bottom of the inning Cain reached on an infield single. The bottom of the sixth saw a throwing error by Conor Gillaspie allowing Valencia to be safe at first.
The run started coming for the Sox in the top of the seventh when Gillaspie scored on an infield single hit by Ramirez. It stayed one to nothing in Chicago’s favor until the top of the ninth inning when everything fell into place for Chicago, starting it off was Adam Dunn who singled to right, L.Garcia took over base running duties, Viciedo walked, Garcia stole third and eventually scored on a throwing error by the K.C catcher Perez, Viciedo was safe at second. A.Garcia walked, Ramirez’s double scored A.Garcia. Tyler Flower’s single to scored A.Garcia and Ramirez making the score 5 – 0 in favor of the White Sox
K.C made a small fight back in the bottom of the ninth when E. Hosmer scored on a Butler single to center. Hosmer had reached base on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop. Perez ended the game hitting in to a double play.
Pack your travel bag as we head off to Denver for a three game series with the Colorado Rockies. Felipe Paulino, Jose Quintana and Erik Johnson are the listed started for the series. We then head home to Chicago for a four game series with the Cleveland Indians and two of the listed starters are Chris Sale for game one and Felipe Paulino for game two.
See you in Denver