Apr 6, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielderAlex Gordon
(4) is out at second base but collides with Chicago White SoxMicah Johnson
(7) preventing a throw to first for a double play in the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Game 1 of 162 is in the books, and the Chicago White Sox lost 10-1 and are 0-1 for the 2015 season.
Quick recap: The White Sox were plagued by a lack of hitting as the offense didn’t provide much support for Jeff Samardzija in his White Sox debut. Their best chance at scoring came in the second inning with two runners in scoring position, but Tyler Flowers struck out to end the inning.
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The Royals then went on to score one run in the second and added two more in the third to put the game in doubt. A fourth run by the Royals was added in the fifth.
Chicago finally got on the board in the seventh with a Jose Abreu solo home run.
The Royals broke the game wide open with a five-run seventh inning that was truncated by a defensive mistake between Alexei Ramirez and Micah Johnson.
Samardzija pitched 6 innings and allowed five runs. The complete box score can be found here.
• Lowlight: Tyler Flowers striking out with runners on second and third in the second inning.
• Highlight: Abreu hit his first home run of the season with a no doubter to left center in the seventh.
• Bum of the day: Johnson getting picked off first with no outs in the sixth down four runs.
• Star of the day: Abreu providing the lone offense wins the day.