May 19, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) runs the bases after hitting a 3 run home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox decided to face adversity head on, and for all their work, they earned a 7-6 win over the Kansas City Royals Monday night.
It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t textbook, but after what we’ve watched the past three series, any win for the ball club is a good win right now.
Though the White Sox are still under the .500 mark at 22-24, they proved they can play some pretty good offensive baseball when they want to, as they showed that in the first of three games against the Royals, after trailing by five runs after the first inning.
Scott Carroll didn’t do much, but the rest of the hurlers who entered the game in relief did a good job of keeping the Royals from having another big inning.
May 19, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jake Petricka (52) celebrates with catcher Tyler Flowers (21) after the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Chicago won the game 7-6. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
It looked like another ho-hum night for the White Sox early on with the Royals scoring five of their six runs in the first inning.
The White Sox responded with a three-run home run by Alexei Ramirez in the third (his sixth of the season), a solo home run in the fourth by Dayan Viciedo and a two-run home run in the fifth (another three-run inning) to eventually seal the win.
Ramirez and Viciedo led the White Sox with two hits each, as the team finished with 11 on the night.
That was the fun part.
Now for the bad news … the White Sox really have some issues with their starting pitching, and now maybe at closer.
Carroll had another forgettable outing, this time pitching just four innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and three walks. The 29-year-old rookie had just two strikeouts, and each start, he seems to get closer to returning to Charlotte.
The other five White Sox pitchers went five innings of one-hit, scoreless baseball.
One moment that is worrisome is a possible injury to closer Matt Lindstrom, who seemed to tweak his ankle in the ninth inning. He left the game limping, so we’ll just have to wait and see what occurs with him.
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Yes, like I said before, this win was ugly – maybe one of the ugliest of the season – but it did have some home runs by the “Good Guys,” and they did show some signs of life and battle like a team that wanted to compete.
The White Sox were 1-for-8 with RISP (five stranded), while the Royals were 4-for-12 (seven stranded).
Now they just have to get some of this problematic starting pitching fixed before the season gets too far along.
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