The Chicago White Sox grabbed a win in game one of a four-game set against the Kansas City Royals behind a five-run inning and big power from Luis Robert.
Dylan Cease took the mound for the Sox and was countered by Danny Duffy. The Sox improved to 12–0 against southpaws this season with a five-run win against a divisional opponent.
The Royals opened the scoring in their half of the first. Hunter Dozier hit his fifth long ball of the season to give Kansas City a 1–0 lead.
Edwin Encarnacion got that run right back in the top of the second with his seventh home run of the year, 1–1. Later, a walk to Luis Robert and back-to-back singles by Danny Mendick and Adam Engel loaded the bases. Tim Anderson took ball four to force in a run to give the Sox a 2–1 lead. Prior to Yasmani Grandal walking, a wild pitch plated another run to extend the lead to 3–1. The frame ended with a Jose Abreu two-run double, but on the play, Grandal was thrown out at home, 5–1 Sox.
In the top of the fourth, Anderson used his power to give the Sox a 6–1 advantage. It was the shortstop’s seventh bomb of the season.
Later in the Royals’ sixth, back-to-back doubles by Maikel Franco and Alex Gordon made it 6–2. Matt Foster then came in to pitch for Cease. Edward Olivares greeted him with a single to put runners at the corners. Nicky Lopez doubled home both runners to make it 6–4.
Again, the White Sox answered back just a half inning later. With Jake Newberry now on the mound, Eloy Jimenez and Grandal both singled. Abreu hit a RBI-single to make it 7–4. Encarnacion was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Yoan Moncada then sacrificed himself on a fly ball to extend the Sox lead to 8–4. What happened next was another jaw-dropping event by Luis Robert. The rookie sensation hit a mammoth three-run shot to give his team a 11–4 lead.
A few runs crossed the dish for Kansas City in their half of the eighth with Bernardo Flores on the hill for the Sox. Bubba Starling singled and was pushed to third on an Olivares double. Back-to-back ground outs got the Royals a few runs to adjust the score to 11–6.
Steve Cishek entered the ninth to shut the door and did so successfully, despite finding himself with the bases loaded. This was a much needed win after the ladder half of the Minnesota series. 11–6 was the final from Kauffman Stadium.
Game two of this four-game set is tomorrow at 7:05 P.M. CDT. Dane Dunning gets the ball for the Sox and Brady Singer mans the bump for the Royals. Be sure to tune into the Sox On Tap Podcast wherever you find your favorite shows for recaps, analysis, and reactions.