Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Royals 0
May, 11, 2012
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 5-0 win over Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday.
How it happened: White Sox starter Gavin Floyd was brilliant again, allowing five hits and no runs in 7 2/3 innings. It was his fourth consecutive start and the fifth outing this season he allowed two or fewer runs. Floyd struggled in the second and eighth innings by loading the bases with one out, but he found ways to get out of both jams. He got back-to-back Royals to hit it back to him in the second inning, and he accounted for the second out of the eighth inning on a strikeout. Reliever Matt Thornton held the shutout by striking out the next hitter, Eric Hosmer. Floyd (2.53), Jake Peavy (1.89) and Chris Sale (2.73) give the White Sox three starters with an ERA under 3.00. Offensively, Adam Dunn gave Floyd all he needed with a solo home run in the first inning. Gordon Beckham (one RBI), Alejandro De Aza (one RBI) and Alex Rios (two RBIs) added on for the White Sox.
What it means: Friday’s win was a good start to the White Sox’s five-game homestand. The White Sox have struggled at home this season, coming into the game with a 5-9 home record against a 10-8 mark on the road. They were 2-5 on their last homestand.
Outside the box: Dunn hit 11 home runs in 122 games last season. He reached the same number on Friday in his 33rd game of the season.
Up next: Sale (3-1, 2.73) is likely to return to the White Sox’s starting rotation Saturday after a brief stint in the bullpen due to concerns over his left elbow. He last started on May 1. Luke Hochevar (2-3, 9.00) will start for the Royals in the 6:10 p.m. CT game.