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Opening Assault

March 29th, 2018 at Kansas City Royals


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Short Take: Sox offense explodes for 6HRs and 14 runs to take season opener in KC

After the long Chicago winter, baseball is officially open for business and the Chicago White Sox lifted the lid on the 2018 season. Entering year 2 of the rebuild, fan expectations are tempered but the potential and young talent in the organization exists now to let fans dream of the future possibilities. Some of those young cornerstone pieces played a big part in Kansas City today as the Sox offense backed up James Shields in impressive fashion behind the strength of a whopping 14 runs, 14 hits, and 6 HRs. After a shaky start, the Sox pulled away and pummeled the Royals to take the opener.

Most Sox fans had a lot of angst about James Shields taking the ball and spoiling Opening Day with one of his trademark shellings. In the 1st inning, it appeared that our worst fears were realized as the Royals jumped on Big James in a hurry. Shields got himself into an immediate jam on back to back singles from Jon Jay and Whit Merrifield to open the frame. Mike Moustakas then drove home the first run of the game on a single making it 1-0 KC. Newly acquired Royals 1B Lucas Duda did his best Eric Hosmer impression and clubbed a 3 run blast in the next AB making it 4-0 KC in the 1st. The collective groan of Sox fans everywhere was almost audible as a single out had yet to be recorded. James had nothing working in this inning and his fastball was flat as could be with everything up in the zone. However, somehow this inning would be the end of his troubles in this game.

Pale Hose fans everywhere had to be fearing the worst expecting another loss in the house of horrors known as Kauffman Stadium. However, as Hawk is fond of pointing out, Ricky has these guys playing hard and they do not quit. The second time through the order against Danny Duffy ended up being the elixir for the White Sox offense and they were not fooled. The good guys got the ship righted in explosive fashion in the Top of the 5th. Avisail Garcia lead off with a double followed by a 2 run tater by unofficial team captain Jose Abreu. This was a high drive that just cleared the wall and boy did the Sox need that jolt of energy. Jose couldn't even finish high fiving all of his mates in the dugout before Matt Davidson had gone yard with a deep drive to left center making it a 4-3 game. Remember the name Matt Davidson because you will hear his name again in this recap. Two batters later, Tim Anderson took a Danny Duffy fastball out to left field and gave an emphatic fist pump after he connected and just like that, the game was tied at 4-4. Evidently, that HR felt as good to Tim Anderson as it did to Sox fans watching at home. The Sox were not done yet. Yolmer Sanchez worked a walk followed by an Adam Engel single that was beautifully served into RF putting runners on the corners. White Sox cornerstone Yoan Moncada put the Sox out in front for good ripping a hard double down the line that Mike Moustakas did not handle. It was now 5-4 White Sox and they would not look back.

After having his teammates bail him out with a huge inning, James Shields did his part and kept the Royals off the board. He essentially switched strategies after the bad 1st inning to a steady diet of curves and changeups keeping the Royals off balance and off the scoreboard. The Sox offense then did something it has struggled to do a lot in recent years and that is put a game away. This is not the KC Royals bullpen of days gone by and the Sox were ready to keep the hit parade going. In the Top of the 5th Matt Davidson would hit his second HR of the game making it 6-4. Not to be outdone, Tim Anderson hit his second HR of the game in the same inning driving home Delmonico to make it 8-4. This all came at the expense of Adam LaRoche buddy, Blaine Boyer who came on in relief of Danny Duffy. This made the beatdown a little extra satisfying. You might recall Boyer as the one who stoked the flames of the Drake LaRoche saga on Twitter back in 2016.

Yolmer Sanchez would put the game far out of reach in the Top of the 7th with a bases clearing 3RBI single making it 11-4 and sending most of the Royals fans to the exits. In the Top of the 8th, Matt Davidson would slide into MLB and White Sox history books by hooking a deep drive down the LF line for a 3 run blast and a big exclamation point on a huge day for the Sox offense. Davidson became only the 4th player in MLB history with a 3 HR day on Opening Day and the first ever for a White Sox player.

After so much recent heartbreak in Kansas City for the White Sox, this was a tremendously satisfying win to spoil their home opener and kick off the season in impressive fashion. It was also heartening to see so many of the young roster pieces like Anderson, Moncada, Sanchez, and Davidson contributing to this win. James Shields also deserves a cap tip for keeping the Sox in the game and giving his offense a chance to bail him out. It is only one game but this team might actually be fun to watch this year if the rebuild starts to crest early. The Sox will get after it again and try to take the series on Saturday as Lucas Giolito takes the ball against Ian Kennedy of the Royals.

Game Notes-

-James Shields line was 6.0IP, 4ER, 5H, 0Ks

-Tim Anderson was 2 for 4, 3RBI, 2HRs, and 3 Runs Scored

-The exit velocity of the Davidson HRs was 115mph, 114mph, and 113mph

-6HRs by the Sox tied an MLB opening day record set by the 1988 Mets

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