Chicago White Sox: Home runs are taking over the series
The Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals are 2/3 of the way done with their series and it has been dominated by the long ball.
On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball broke its single-season home run record when Baltimore Orioles shortstop Jonathan Villar hit the 6,1106th home run of the season. The series between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals have fed right into that and helped that record be broken just a little bit quicker. This series has been dominated by the long ball and that is where almost every run in the series has come from.
The first game saw the White Sox defeat the Royals by a final score of 7-3. Ivan Nova got the win for the White Sox while Jakob Junis was dealt the loss. There were a total of six home runs in the game, three apiece. Eloy Jimenez hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning for his 25th of the season and gave the Sox a 4-1 lead. Adam Engel added his third home run while Yoan Moncada added his 23rd. Adalberto Mondesi, Alex Gordon, and Ryan O’Hearn added home runs for the Royals.
In game two, the Royals defeated the White Sox by a final score of 8-6. Glenn Sparkman was credited with the win while Reynaldo Lopez was given the loss for the White Sox. This game made it two in a row that these teams combined for six home runs. Jorge Soler hit two for Kansas City and Mondesi and O’Hearn each added a home run for the second straight game. Eloy Jimenez hit another one as well and Jose Abreu added one of his own. It was a home run derby over the two days as the twelve home runs dominated the scoring in each game.
The rubber match will come on Thursday afternoon when the Royals will throw Jorge Lopez against Lucas Giolito. This is a game that the White Sox would love to win and take this series. It is fun to watch a series with lots of home runs and it would be great to see a few more off White Sox bats but hopefully, Giolito can keep the royals under control.