Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Royals 1

July, 21, 2014
Padilla By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- The White Sox nailed down the series opener with a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday and are 3-1 on the homestand.

How it happened: The White Sox put their first four batters of the game on base, scored twice in the opening inning and starter Chris Sale made it stand up. Adam Dunn had a two-run single just to the left of the defensive shift to bring home both first-inning runs. Sale gave up just one run on seven hits over seven innings. Dunn scored an insurance run in the sixth inning on a fly ball to shallow right field by Gordon Beckham.

What it means: Sale wasn’t as dominating as he has been in the past, but he still had plenty in the tank to dispatch the Royals. Now 9-1 with a 2.03 ERA, Sale continues his march toward Cy Young Award recognition, despite missing a month with a sore muscle in his left arm. It was Sale's first start since pitching in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Outside the box: The White Sox had their chances to blow things open but couldn’t get the key hits they needed. The White Sox not only left eight runners on base, they were 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Tyler Flowers missed a three-run home by inches when his towering drive was just foul down the left-field line. Jose Abreu managed to hit a double to extend his hitting streak to 12 games and give him a hit in 30 of his last 31 contests.

Offbeat: Once Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie got a rough first inning out of his system, he was off and running; he gave up two runs and hit two White Sox batters with pitches in the opening frame. In the top of the second, Sale hit Danny Valencia with a pitch on the knuckles. It was the sixth time Sale has hit a batter this season.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Scott Carroll (4-5, 4.19 ERA) to the mound Tuesday in the middle game of the series. The Royals will counter with left-hander Bruce Chen (1-2, 6.46) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.



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Chris Sale
12 2.17 208 174
BAJ. Abreu .317
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208