The Chicago White Sox took Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. Dylan Cease struck out nine and Jose Abreu provided the offense in a 3-0 win. In the nightcap, the White Sox bats were completely lifeless. They went down order six times and wasted a stellar MLB debut from Davis Martin.
Our field reporter Northwest Indiana Steven provided us with a preview.
Cease got back on track after a rough outing vs. the New York Yankees last Thursday. The righty put runners on base in every inning but still blanked the Royals over his 5.2 innings of work. He issued two free passes and allowed seven hits to go with his nine punchouts on the afternoon. Cease made pitches when needed to alleviate plenty of traffic on the bases all afternoon.
Tony La Russa lifted Cease -- much to his disgust -- in the sixth inning for Bennett Sousa, who recorded the last out. The Sox skipper used four relievers to get the final outs of the game. Sox pitching stranded 12 runners and fanned 14 Royals.
Kansas City threatened in the seventh when Joe Kelly continued his struggles by loading the bases with no outs. But the veteran right-hander escaped the inning by striking out Carlos Santana and Ryan O’Hearn before inducing a Hunter Dozier popout.
How They Scored
Royals starter Jonathan Heasley kept Sox hitters at bay and pitched out of trouble until the fifth inning. Heasley allowed a leadoff double to Reese McGuire and loaded the bases after a walk and a hit batter. AJ Pollock’s single to left plated McGuire to open the scoring. Then, Abreu doubled to centerfield to put the Sox up 3-0. It proved to be all the scoring needed to secure the win.
The Chicago White Sox called up Davis Martin to make his MLB debut in Game 2.
Michael Kopech was placed on the paternity list but will not miss his next scheduled start.
Chicago added Kyle Crick as the 27th man for the second game of the doubleheader.
The club also moved Garrett Crochet to the 60-day injured list.
Once again, Steven provided a live preview of the game. The dollar dogs were pork, unfortunately.
Facing Brady Singer of the Royals, Davis Martin pitched admirably in his big-league debut. He walked one and allowed just one run on five hits in five innings. But it was all for naught as the White Sox's lifeless offense could not provide enough run support for the young rookie.
Singer held the Sox scoreless over seven innings. He struck out a career-high nine hitters, allowed four hits, and issued no free passes.
How They Scored
The only run allowed by Martin came in the second when Kansas City opened the scoring. Emmanuel Rivera doubled to lead off the frame and crossed home plate when Michael Taylor doubled to left. The second Royals' run came in the sixth when MJ Melendez hit his first career homer off of Tanner Banks.
The White Sox plated their only run in the eighth inning when Adam Engel's groundout scored AJ Pollock, who reached on a one-out double. However, the Sox made the final out of the inning at home plate. Josh Harrison tried to score from second base on a hard-hit single to left by Yoan Moncada. Royals left fielder Andrew Benintendi threw out Harrison at home plate on a controversial send by Joe McEwing.
Chicago returned Kyle Crick to Triple-A Charlotte after the game. He pitched one scoreless inning with two strikeouts in the nightcap.
Between games, the Royals placed catcher Salvador Perez on the 10-day injured list due to a sprained thumb.
Kansas City sent Brady Singer back to Triple-A following the game.
What's On Tap Next?
The fourth contest of the five-game series between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals will feature Lucas Giolito (probable) vs. Zach Greinke. The South Siders will have to activate Giolito from the COVID Related injured list if he is to start. Wednesday's game gets underway at 7:10 PM CT and the game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.