Originally posted on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 6/13/14
Chicago White Sox 33 – 34 (19 – 15 at home) Kansas City Royals 33 – 32 (15 – 16 away) The White Sox coming off the shut out at the hands of the Detroit Tigers welcome the Kansas City Royals to The Cell for the first of a three game series. Jose Quintana with an ERA of 3.59 and a 3 – 6 record faced Jeremy Guthrie with a 2 – 6 record and a 4.10 ERA The Sox lined up: Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Conor Gillaspie, Jose Abreu, Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza, Tyler Flowers. K.C got things started right away in the first when, Norichika Aoki started things with a single to right, Omar Infante added a single of his own, Eric Hosmer’s single to right brought Aoki home for the first score of the game, Billy Butler’s single to left got  Infante home for a 2 – 0 Royals lead. Alex Gordon helped make it a 3 – 0 lead when his double to right brought Hosmer home. Lorenzo Cain made it a 5 – 0 lead when his double to left brought Butler and Gordon home. The Sox got on the board in the bottom of the first when, Eaton started things off with a single, Beckham walked moving Eaton to second, Gillaspie’s fly out to center moved Eaton to third, Abreu’s sacrifice to center got Eaton home for the Sox first run of the game. K.C – 5 and the Sox 1 at the close of the first inning. Runs kept flowing in the second when, Aoki hit a ground rule double to center, Hosmer sacrifice fly to center got Aoki home for a    6 – 1 K.C lead. The Sox loaded the bases in the home half of the second when, Ramirez started things with a single, Viciedo added a second single moving Ramirez to second, De Aza walked to fill the pond, Eaton was given a free pass to first which brought Ramirez home for a 6 – 2 Royals lead. The top of the seventh inning saw activity as Scott Carroll came on to relieve Quintana. Infante got things started with a single to center, Hosmer walked moving Infante to second, it was a single by Butler that took the score to 7 to 2 getting Infante home. Bottom of the seventh saw the third pitching change as Aaron Crow who had come in for Guthrie, made way for  Bueno. The only other activity was two pitching changes for the Royals which saw Kelvin Herrera take over in the Royals mound office, followed by Tim Collins who closed the game. The final score was in favor of the Kansas City 7 to 2. With the Detroit loss, the Royals are only 1.5 games out of first. The Sox are tied with Cleveland only 3.5 games behind. Hector Noesi opens the office tomorrow against Danny Duffy. Duffy has a 3 – 5 record with an ERA of 3.26. Noesi brings a record of 2 wins, 4 loses and an ERA of 5.40       2 total views, 2 views today
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