For the second night in a row, the Chicago White Sox used the power of the home run to help them defeat the Kansas City Royals by a 7-6 score, taking the first two games of this series.
This was a very solid starting pitching effort by Andre Rienzo, who stayed undefeated on the season, moving to 4-0 overall. He allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks in six innings of work.
Rienzo struck out eight, and I felt this was his best effort of the season thus far, while helping the White Sox (23-24) keep the momentum they had from Monday night.
For the season, Rienzo has an ERA of 4.00.
Kansas City drops to 22-23 overall.
Leading the Royals were four batters with two hits each.
The bullpen allowed four runs, as Scott Downs gave up two earned runs in a third of an inning, and Frank Francisco didn’t record an out but allowed a run as well. In the ninth, Ronald Belisario gave up a run but did enough to earn the save, his first of the season.
I can’t complain too much about a win by the White Sox, but I’d like to see the middle of the bullpen keep the game a little closer.
The White Sox finished 3-for-6 with RISP, leaving four stranded.
That’s all I’m saying about the game on this night, as we all need to just savor the win and what will be a series victory over the Royals no matter Wednesday’s outcome.
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