RECAP: White Sox Edge Royals in First Season Meeting
Behind Adam Engel’s home run and a solid pitching performance, the Chicago White Sox topped the Kansas City Royals in their first season meeting.
It was another nailbiter for the White Sox last night as they won their second straight game to improve their record to 3-4. Nick Madrigal made his MLB debut, Adam Engel provided enough offense, Dallas Keuchel got the job done on the bump, the bullpen held strong, and Alex Colome recorded his first save of the season to pull the White Sox out of last place in the AL Central.
Even though the White Sox only accumulated four hits compared to Kansas City’s eight, the White Sox had the most important one and it came in the second inning.
Adam Engel continued his hot start to 2020 by lifting up the White Sox on Friday night. A platoon of Engel/Garcia/Mazara might just work in 2020.
White Sox Bullpen Continues Hot Start
Another game, another shutout performance by the White Sox bullpen. After Dallas Keuchel put together another solid outing of just two earned runs in 5.1 innings, the White Sox bullpen did their thing. Jimmy Cordero threw 1.2 innings of scoreless ball while Evan Marshall stayed hot in a 1-2-3 eighth leading to a 1-2-3 ninth for Colome. In what was a bumpy opening series against the Twins, the White Sox bullpen has thrown 16.2 straight scoreless innings during their first four games of this eight-game road trip.
Anderson Leaves Game Early
After slipping in the grass while retrieving a groundball earlier in the game, Tim Anderson was replaced by Leury Garcia in the seventh inning. In his postgame interview, Sox skipper Ricky Renteria said Anderson had hip soreness and is day-to-day. Let’s hope Anderson is back sooner rather than later as his bat has returned to 2019 form.
Saturday 6:05 PM CT at Kansas City
Probables: Gonzalez (CWS) vs Bolanos (KC)
The White Sox squeezed by despite a lackluster night from their bats, so if they want to continue their winning streak tomorrow it would behoove them to wake them up. If they continue their trend of solid pitching over the last few games along with an offensive resurgence, the White Sox should have a chance to sweep the rest of the weekend, or at worst split.
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