Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Royals 2
April, 3, 2013
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Jake Peavy weaved his way through six solid innings, and the Chicago White Sox used four home runs to defeat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Wednesday for their second victory in two tries.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Tyler Flowers, Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez all went deep in the victory. With a double in the sixth inning, Paul Konerko tied Frank Thomas for third on the White Sox's all-time hit list with 2,136. Flowers now has a home run in each of the first two games. Dunn tied Duke Snider for 48th on the all-time home run list with 407.
WHAT IT MEANS: So far the White Sox are thriving with the long ball. All six of their runs over the first two games were supplied via home runs with four solo shots and one two-run blast. Not that anybody is complaining, but the White Sox have yet to show their ability to manufacture runs. That was the hope when putting Jeff Keppinger behind leadoff man Alejandro De Aza, with guys like Alex Rios, Dunn and Konerko heading to the plate next.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: Viciedo managed to neutralize himself in Wednesday's game. On defense in the third inning, the left fielder bumped into Ramirez at shortstop with the ball dropping for an error on Ramirez. Viciedo made his own error two batters later allowing a run to score. In the sixth he just missed making a spectacular catch on a hit down the line by Alex Gordon, who later scored. But his two-run home run in the fourth inning covered those runs.
OFF BEAT: The White Sox had the attack of the No. 2 in Wednesday's game. At 2:22 p.m. of the second game of the season, the White Sox had two runs on two hits with two errors. There were also two outs when Viciedo hit a two-run home run into the bullpen in left. There was no word on whether the home run cleared the fence by two feet.
UP NEXT: The White Sox will send right-hander Gavin Floyd (12-11, 4.29 ERA in 2012) to the mound Thursday in the third game of the season. He will be opposed by Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (5-3, 3.16) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.