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After Monday’s clutch victory against the Tigers, the Chicago White Sox need strong performances against the Kansas City Royals in order to maintain their division lead. Luckily, three solo home runs on Tuesday night were enough to give the Sox a 3-2 victory. No ground was gained, however, as the Tigers crushed the Athletics 12-2.
The Sox have had trouble with the Royals this season, improving to just 6-10 with yesterday’s victory. Leadoff man Alejandro De Aza started the game right with a home run on his second pitch. In response, the Royals quickly gained the lead by scoring two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. In the sixth inning, Gordon Beckham hit his 16th home run to tie the game 2-2.
Floyd impresses with late-season rebound
Just one inning later, Alex Rios’ towering home run gave the Sox the lead. It was his 24th and his 87th RBI. It is no secret that Rios has been critically important to the success of the team, but he is also approaching personal bests. With fifteen games to go, Rios has tied his single season home run record at 24 and his 87 RBIs are just one short of his career high.
The biggest story of the night would have to be Gavin Floyd’s performance on the mound. Back for his second start since returning from the disabled list, Floyd (10-10) looked very comfortable. Despite giving up two runs in the first, he settled down and blanked the Royals for six more innings. He only used 78 pitches to get through his seven innings and could have stayed in for three more outs, but there is no need to risk it considering how reliable the Sox bullpen has been the past few weeks. After Floyd’s departure, Matt Thornton and Addison Reed gave two innings of scoreless relief, earning Reed his 28th save.
Detroit didn’t let the Sox extend their lead yesterday, but with no remaining contests between the two teams, their performance doesn’t really matter at this point. The Sox have the three game advantage and as long as they can win at least half their remaining games, the Tigers will have an extremely difficult time catching up. Tonight, Chris Sale looks for his 18th win on the season as the series continues.
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Going into this season, I often said the Sox’ success would hinge on how Jake Peavy, Alex Rios, and Adam Dunn perform, labeling them “the comeback kids” after they’d recently struggled with terrible performance and/or serious injuries.
Adam Dunn (Photo by Keith Allison via CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Gavin Floyd pitched seven crisp innings, Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive win.
Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham also went deep for AL Central-leading Chicago, which maintained a three-game advantage over Detroit and improved to 6-10 against the Royals. Chicago...
Alex Rios was thrown out at the plate, Alexei Ramirez was picked off third base and the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox again failed to come up with a clutch hit in a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
Eric Hosmer singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning. The White Sox stayed two games ahead of Detroit, which lost in the afternoon to...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gavin Floyd pitched seven crisp innings, Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive win.
Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham also went deep for AL Central-leading Chicago, which maintained a three-game advantage over Detroit and improved to 6-10 against...
If you have been following this series everyday, and if you have my hat is off to you, you probably have seen a large amount of Lastings Milledge cards. The period of time in my life when I tried collecting cards is the same time that Milledge was popular:
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In light of this afternoon's press conference with Yunel Escobar's three game suspension was announced (and Escobar claiming that his hairdresser and interior decorator were both gay), Ozzie Guillen was asked to weigh in by Shi Davidi, columnist for SportsNet in Canada. Guillen's comments were typical of him at this point.
Ozzie Guillen on Escobar: In my house...
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