Chicago White Sox regroup to defeat Kansas City Royals
Sep 16, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (1) connects for a double in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The White Sox won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Tuesday night saw 13 hits turn into a win, as the Chicago White Sox regrouped and got the job done with a 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Monday saw the White Sox have 13 hits and lose, 4-3.
Sep 16, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Zach Putnam (57) is congratulated by catcher Josh Phegley (36) after the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The White Sox won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The win evens the series at 1-1, with the rubber match tomorrow and Chris Sale on the mound for the “Good Guys.”
But before all of that, it was good to see the White Sox turn some of their 13 hits and three walks into enough runs for the win.
I’m not sold on the pitching of the White Sox on Tuesday as the trio of Chris Bassitt, Daniel Webb and Matt Lindstrom pitched the first five innings for the Sox, combining for five earned runs, on eight hits and six walks.
Not so great.
Bu the final four innings of pitching by the White Sox trio of Eric Surkamp, Ronald Belisario and Zach Putnam was nearly perfect with them combining for one hit and one walk– and more importantly, no earned runs – in their combined time on the mound.
Yes, the Royals did score a run on Belisario, but it was unearned.
That has been the problem with this bullpen all season long … inconsistency. Monday night, they were quite a letdown late in the game, but 24 hours later, they played well.
I guess that is baseball.
Surkamp ended up gaining the win, making him 2-0 on the season. He pitched one inning, allowing just a walk with two strikeouts. The loss went to Kansas City’s Kelvin Herrera (3-3).
Herrera pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowing two earned runs on two hits and one walk.
The save went to Putnam with a perfect ninth inning.
The Sox now have 13 hits in each of the first two games against the Royals, and Adam Eaton continued his tear on the baseball. Tuesday saw him finish 4-for-5 with two runs. He’s batting .303 on the season.
Eaton nearly hit for the cycle with two singles, a double and a triple. Conor Gillaspie also had a triple.
Along with Eaton, players with multi-hit games were Gillaspie (three RBIs), Avisail Garcia and Dayan Viciedo.
It is great seeing so many players gain hits with seven of the nine starters in the lineup having at least one hit.
Jose Abreu didn’t have a hit (he’s batting .321 on the year) but did gain his 103rd RBI of the season.
Yes, this win really doesn’t mean a whole lot with them being 69-82 on the year, but even this late in the season, and with all the postseason dreams staying on the back burner for at least another season, winning is still fun, and Tuesday night was fun for the White Sox.