Lucas Harrell didn’t have a good outing but Paul Konerko and Andruw Jones had his back and homered the White Sox to a 12-6 victory over the Royals, keeping them 6 games behind the Twins.
Lucas Harrell was called upon to start with Freddy Garcia not being able to go and things just didn’t go his way. Harrell went only 3.1 innings, giving up 6 runs on 9 hits with 3 walks and a strikeout. The only good thing is that Kansas City starter Sean O’Sullivan didn’t fare any better going 3 innings, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
Kansas City got off to a fast start getting a quick 6-0 lead in the top of the 1st. Paul Konerko then hit a two run homer in the bottom of the 1st, his 35th of the year, to cut the lead to 4 for the Royals. Konerko would stirke again in the 3rd, hitting his second two run homer of the game, his 36th of the year, to cut the lead to 2 in favor of the Royals. The White Sox would pick up another 2 runs in the 4th on a sac fly by Juan Pierre and Alexei Ramirez scoring on a passed ball by Royals catcher Brayan Pena, tying the game at 6. The game was blown wide open in the 6th when Paul Konerko singled in a run and A.J. Pierzynski walked to make the game an 8-6 lead for the White Sox. Andruw Jones came into the game to pinch hit for Mark Teahen and promptly hit a grand slam to give the White Sox the 12-6 lead and that’s the way the game would end.
After starter Lucas Harrell was taken out of the game, the White Sox bullpen came in and held the Royals offense in check. Scott Linebrink pitched 1.1 innings, giving up 2 hits with 2 walks and a strikeout. Sergio Santos pitched 1.1 innings, giving up a walk with 2 strikeouts and also earned the win. J.J Putz pitched an inning giving up a hit and 2 strikeouts. Matt Thornton pitched an inning giving up a hit with 2 strikeouts. Chris Sale pitched the 9th and gave up a hit and a walk and got 2 strikeouts as well.
This was a huge win for the White Sox because they couldn’t afford to fall another game behind the Twins. They also showed that their offense can help them come from behind and that their bullpen is getting back to where it was a few weeks ago. It was a good game aside from Lucas Harrell, so the White Sox have a lot to be confident about.
So after an off day tomorrow, it’s the huge series against the Twins. I’ll have a breakdown of the series up at some point tomorrow.
Until then, enjoy the win and also enjoy the Bears win as well.
And as always…….. GO WHITESOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!