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Sweep The Champs

September 6 at Kansas City Royals


Sox Project Update:
Trying to make up for lost time
Future progress on display

Short Take:   September call-ups complete the sweep

The Sox found themselves in unfamiliar territory this Sunday. The Kansas City juggernaut had been derailed, and the White Sox had an opportunity to sweep last year's American League champions on the road. With some timely hitting and mostly stout pitching, the Sox completed the sweep with a 7-5 win.

The Sox picked up where they left off yesterday. Recent KC acquisition Johnny Cueto was shell shocked for three runs in the top of the 1st. Adam Eaton singled and Alexei Ramirez doubled as the Kansas City fans were still finding their seats. Jose Abreu singled in the first run, and Melky Cabrera walked to load the bases. Then Avi Garcia smacked a two RBI single and the Royals were trailing by three runs before a Sox hitter had been retired. Cueto could have sustained much more damage. However, Adam LaRoche continued his season of futility with a pop-up. Third baseman Mike Olt showed why the Cubs gave up on him by striking out on three pitches. Cueto then struck out September call-up catcher Rob Brantly, escaping a huge deficit.

Erik Johnson used his early lead to great advantage. Throwing strikes early and often, the young Sox prospect retired the Royals in order in the bottom of the 1st. One of Johnson's strikes was launched out of the park in the 2nd by Salvador Perez, but only one other KC batter reached base through the 5th.

The Sox had a lot more offense in them. In the top of the 3rd, Cabrera singled and Garcia walked. LaRoche had a better effort the second time around with an RBI single, plating Cabrera and sending Avi to third. Olt struck out again, but Brantly sent a fly ball deep enough to right to score Garcia. The Sox led 5-1 and things were looking good. The Johnson-Brantly battery showed a nice transition from Charlotte to the big leagues.

Leadoff slugger Adam Eaton homered with one out in the top of the 6th for a 6-1 Sox lead. But the Royals would not be pushovers today. Jarrod Dyson and Mike Moustakas homered in the bottom of the 6th, and Kendrys Morales singled. With two out, Alex Gordon hit a slow roller to Alexei, and was called safe at first. The Sox challenged, and on replay Gordon was called out to end the inning with the Sox leading 6-3.

More drama ensued in the 7th, as Jake Petricka was utterly ineffective. Jake hit Perez with his first pitch, and nearly hit next batter Paulo Orlando with his next two pitches. Orlando then doubled to left, ending the Petricka appearance. Matt Albers came in to restore order. Mike Olt made a good play on a slow roller to get the first out and leave the runners in place. But Dyson beat out an infield single to score a run, and Alcedes Escobar hit a sacrifice fly to center. Albers retired Ben Zobrist on a fly ball to preserve the Sox lead at 6-5.

Zach Duke struck out the Kansas City side in the 8th, then Eaton doubled to lead off the 9th. Alexei grounded out productively to second, moving Eaton to third. Abreu then drove Eaton in with a sacrifice fly to center for the final run of the game. David Robertson retired the Royals on two line outs and a pop out, preserving the White Sox victory and notching his 29th save of the season.

The Sox return home Monday, with Chris Sale facing Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians at 1:10 pm. The game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net.

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