The Chicago White Sox big win over the Royals put them back in first.
The Chicago White Sox are officially a wagon. They win more than they lose and they figure out ways to pull out wins in games that they don’t have their best stuff. That happened again on Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals. They went up 2-0 and had five innings of no-hit baseball from Dane Dunning. In only his second career start, they made the right decision in taking him out and moving on to the bullpen.
The bullpen did yield two runs that allowed that game to get tied at two and eventually they went into extra innings. It was a bit scary when the Royals had a man on second with no outs in extra innings but thanks to a great play by James McCann and good pitching, they got out of it. Then, with runners on first and second, Luis Robert hit a ball to pluto to launch the Sox into a tie with the Cleveland Indians for first place. It was a great game that had a lot of great moments but that was the big one.
As mentioned before, Dunning was brilliant. He struck out the side in the first inning and didn’t look back. He was able to execute all of his pitches to perfection. There is a lot of hope that this kid is going to be a big part of the future. The White Sox should really keep him up with the big club making starts for the team.
It wasn’t the explosive White Sox production that we have become accustomed to over the past few weeks but they got just enough to win the game. With that said, Nick Madrigal had one great game. He was the only player on the team that had more than one hit as he went 3 for 4 with an RBI. The White Sox are a deep team and Madrigal is a big reason why.
Now, they take their 21-13 record to Minnesota where they will try and keep things tough for them. They were swept by the pesky Detroit Tigers and have now lost five in a row. If the White Sox can win, they will bury them in the standings for a little bit which is exactly what they need. Gaining some confidence against this Twins team that has played well against them is extremely important.