Chicago White Sox lose to Kansas City Royals in 13 innings


It took 13 innings, one bench clearing brawl and five ejections, but the Chicago White Sox lost to the Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in the first game of their four-game set, Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox are 0-4 against the Royals this season, but they did stand up for themselves as they and the Royals were involved in a benches clearing brawl, which saw tempers flaring, arms flying, and five players ejected, including two from the White Sox in Chris Sale (who was pitching in the game) and Jeff Samardzija.

The Royals had Yordano Ventura (the Royals’ starting pitcher), Edinson Volquez, and Lorenzo Cain all be ejected from the game as well.

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The brawl began with Ventura catching a comebacker off the bat of Adam Eaton in the eighth inning, and words were said by both. From there benches cleared, and you know the norm when it comes to disagreements in baseball.

This was the second such incident the Royals have been involved in within the past week or so, as they were involved in a heated on-field exchange with the Oakland Athletics this season.

The game wasn’t the best for either club, but for the White Sox and Royals it shows the rivalry in the AL Central is real, and there was no love loss since the series to start the season at Kauffman Stadium between the two teams.

As for the actual game, Kansas City took the final lead in the top of the 13th with Eric Hosmer doubling with a line drive to right field off White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka with two outs. Wade Davis retired the White Sox in the final inning, allowing only a single by Avisail Garcia in the bottom of the inning.

Kansas City led the game 2-0 in the first inning with two runs off Sale, and the White Sox tied it by scoring one run in the fourth (Alexei Ramirez single to score Garcia) and one run in the fifth (a Jose Abreu double to score Melky Cabrera).

Abreu led the White Sox with a 2-for-4 day at the plate, including one walk and one RBI. Mike Moustakas and Hosmer each had three hits.

Sale made the start for the White Sox for a no-decision after seven innings before the ejection. Sale finished by allowing two earned runs on nine hits and one walk. The ace of the White Sox also struck out two.

Zach Duke, David Robertson, Zach Putnam and Dan Jennings each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the White Sox. Robertson’s ERA still sits at zero.

Friday’s scheduled starters for the two teams are: Danny Duffy (1-0, 5.51 ERA) for the Royals and Jose Quintana (1-1, 8.40 ERA) for the White Sox.

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