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Some Good, Some Bad: White Sox Split Doubleheader in Kansas City

The White Sox are now 1.5 games back of first place in the AL Cental following a doubleheader split with the Royals on Tuesday.
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It was a double dose of an AL Central showdown Tuesday in Kansas City as the Chicago White Sox visited the Royals for a twin bill. The home team prevailed in the opener but the South Siders squeaked out a victory in the nightcap. Here's how all the action unfolded.

Game 1

The White Sox entered Game 1 shorthanded following a brutal injury update. The team announced Tim Anderson will miss approximately six weeks with a tendon tear in his left middle finger.

On the diamond, Royals' starter Brady Singer outdueled Lance Lynn. The White Sox's veteran right-hander was decent overall but allowed two-run homers to Nick Pratto and Vinnie Pasquantino, which proved to be his downfall. Lynn tossed six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits while walking one and fanning five.

Singer picked up the win thanks to 7.1 strong innings. He scattered five hits, fanned six, and allowed zero free passes. His lone blemish was Josh Harrison's solo homer in the third inning, which opened the scoring.

The White Sox's 1-0 lead did not last long. In the bottom half of the third, Pratto hit a two-out two-run homer after Lynn walked Salvador Perez. Clinging to the one-run lead, the Royals went up 4-1 in the sixth when Pasquantino went deep with Michael A. Taylor on base.

Rally Falls Short

The White Sox put together a small rally in the ninth. Jose Abreu singled and Andrew Vaughn doubled to begin the final frame. Yoan Moncada drove in Abreu on a sacrifice fly and Leury Garcia was hit by a pitch to increase the drama. But Juan Cuas come on in relief for Kansas City and ended the threat by striking out Harrison and inducing a Yasmani Grandal groundout.

Game 2

The White Sox added Davis Martin from Triple-A Charlotte as the 27th man for the doubleheader. He started for the White Sox and pitched admirably once again. He was opposed by Jonathan Heasley of the Royals. Martin tossed 5.2 innings and allowed just one run on three hits and a walk. He struck out three. The only blemish on his day was a solo homer by Vinnie Pasquantino in the fourth inning.

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Lenyn Sosa, who was recently called up from Triple-A Charlotte, started for the Pale Hose at second base. He notched his first MLB home run in the third inning off Heasley to put the Sox ahead 1-0.

The 428-foot shot was a no-doubter that landed in one of the pools at Kauffman Stadium. Yoan Moncada put the White Sox ahead 2-1 in the sixth with another no-doubt 426-foot jack to right center field.

The Sox added an insurance run in the eighth when Gavin Sheets doubled to left to score pinch runner Luis Robert from first.

Royals Rally Falls Short

The insurance run in the eighth proved to be the difference in the 3-2 win. White Sox closer Liam Hendriks got into a bit of trouble in the ninth. Pasquantino singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on back-to-back wild pitches from Hendriks. Pratto’s sacrifice fly cut the deficit to one, but Hendriks managed to end the threat by striking out Michael A. Taylor.

Notes

The White Sox have now lost 23 series openers this season.

Tim Anderson will undergo surgery to repair the torn tendon in his middle finger.

The Minnesota Twins lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, putting the White Sox 1.5 games back of first place in the AL Central.

What’s On Tap Next?

It is Dia de Cueto for the Chicago White Sox as Johnny Cueto will face his former team. Lefty Kris Bubic will get the start for the Royals. NBC Sports Chicago will air the game at 7:10 PM CT and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.