Game two was a hit parade for the White Sox as they notched 21 hits against Kansas City’s pitching staff.
The Sox got off to a hot start against Kansas City’s starter Ronald Bolanos. After Luis Robert was retired to lead off the game, Yoan Moncada walked. One batter later, Yasmani Grandal singled up the middle to put runners at the corners with two outs. Edwin Encarnacion drew a walk, but on ball four, Moncada read the pitch well, which got away from Royals’ catcher Salvador Perez, allowing him to score and give the White Sox an early 1–0 lead. Eloy Jimenez golfed a ball to center that kept carrying and eventually left the park. A three-run dinger to extend the lead to 4–0.
The offense got right back at it in the second, Robert scorched a ball that left the yard to pile another run on the lead, 5–0. Bolanos was then removed from the game for Kevin McCarthy.
Kansas City had a chance to cut into the five-run lead in the bottom of the second. With Ryan McBroom on first, Adelberto Mondesi doubled to put two runners in scoring position with one out. Gonzalez was able to retire the next two batters to escape the jam and keep the Royals scoreless.
The White Sox had a chance to break the game wide open in the third. To start, Encarnacion dropped a single into the outfield. Jimenez followed with a single to right that allowed Encarnacion to advance to third with no outs. Garcia reached on an infield single to load the bases, still with nobody retired. A line out by Adam Engel piggybacked by a ground ball double play off the bat of Nick Madrigal halted the threat.
Another bases-loaded opportunity came in the top half of the fourth. Robert slashed a single. Jose Abreu sent one to left that got Robert to third. This forced McCarthy from the game for Jake Newberry. Grandal drew a walk against the new reliever to load the bases again for the Sox. However, a pair of strikeouts would end the inning and the threat. Still 5–0.
Maikel Franco began the Royals’ fourth with a base knock. Ryan O’Hearn hit a jam shot to right for a single. Bubba Starling drew a walk to load the bases for the second time. After getting Nicky Lopez to strikeout, Manager Ricky Renteria went and got Jimmy “Biceps” Cordero, who forced Whit Merrifield to pop out to Abreu. Inning and threat over.
There was plenty more offense in the fifth from the White Sox. Garcia led off with a single for his second hit of the night. Adam Engel blooped a ball into left to put a pair on with nobody out. Madrigal then grounded into his second double play with Garcia advancing to third. Robert brought home another run with a double to left center. His third hit of the night pushed the lead to 6–0. Yoan Moncada bounced a ball off the plate that was then thrown away by Newberry. Robert came around to score on the play, 7–0 good guys.
Matt Foster made his Major League debut for the White Sox in the bottom of the fifth. Jorge Soler lead off with a single. Perez followed with a fly out to center. The Alabama-native then recorded his first career strikeout, getting McBroom swinging on a high fastball. Franco ended the frame with a line out to Garcia at shortstop.
Kansas City mustered up a few runs against the bullpen. Jace Fry came into the game for the Royals’ sixth. Mondesi kicked off the inning with a single up the middle. He would advance to second on a wild pitch. O’Hearn doubled to right to plate Mondesi and get Kansas City on the board, 7–1 Sox. Two hitters later, Merrifield sent one to the seats in left. A two-run jack made it 7–3.
McBroom earned his third extra-base hit of the series with a double to start the seventh against Steve Cishek. After retiring Franco, Renteria called upon Aaron Bummer to turn around and get out Mondesi. O’Hearn then singled to left which scored McBroom to make it 7–4.
Glenn Sparkman manned the hill for Kansas City in the ninth and got the first two outs but then ran into some trouble. Moncada singled, as did Abreu, to put runners at the corners. Grandal sprayed a ball into the gap that scored his teammates and made it 9–4. Encarnacion reached on an error that put runners at the corners once again. Jimenez recorded the 20th hit, and his first career four-hit performance to plate another run made it 10–4 visitors. Garcia got another hit, his fourth, to make it 11–4.
Codi Heuer, who came in for Bummer in the eighth, finished the game off despite allowing a few hits and a run. 11–5 was the final score.
The club goes for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, a 1:05 p.m. CDT first pitch. Dylan Cease toes the rubber as he goes for his first win of 2020.
This offense showed what they could do tonight. The amount of runners we left on base was a bit concerning, but imagine if we cashed in on those chances? This game could have been 15 or 16–5. I would personally like to see Nick Madrigal press a little less. There was a moment where he swung on a 2–0 count and flew out. I’d prefer he just put together some good at-bats like we all know he can. I also would have liked Gio Gonzalez to go more than three-and-change, but beggars can’t be choosers. Nonetheless, a great feeling after a White Sox winner! Don’t miss the Sox On Tap Podcast as the boys discuss the game and preview tomorrow’s ballgame.