Brad Keller kept his success going in the second game of this series, securing the Royals a series win. He was the main story of the night, allow one run across seven innings, striking out six and walking two. His ERA is now 3.04. Not bad for a Rule 5 guy.
After two scoreless frames by both lineups, the White Sox jumped on the scoreboard first in the top of the third, getting a two-out RBI infield single from Avisail Garcia. The Royals responded quickly, as four of the five first batters of the third inning reached, putting three runs up on the board.
The Royals would add another run the following inning, getting a leadoff triple from Ryan O’Hearn, his second of his young career, and a Jorge Bonifacio ground-rule double.
The last two runs of the game were scored in the bottom of the fifth, knocking White Sox starter Dylan Covey out of the contest. Hunter Dozier pushed his second RBI across, scoring Alex Gordon on a single.
The last four innings were slow for both teams, but overall on the night, the Royals put up a well-balanced offensive attack. Six of the nine players in the lineup had a hit, with Merrifield, Mondesi, and Goodwin grabbing two a piece. They also attempted five stolen bases on the night, successfully grabbing four (Merrifield 2x, Gordon, Mondesi).
Tim Hill, Jake Newberry, Brian Flynn, and Wily Peralta relieved Keller after 108 pitches in seven innings. The White Sox added two in the top of the ninth on a Tim Anderson single and Yoan Moncada walk.
The Royals will go for the sweep tomorrow night. Eric Skoglund will make his second appearance since his long DL stint, his first start. The White Sox will send out Carlos Rodon and his 3.11 ERA.