Tuesday’s magic number for the White Sox against the Kansas City Royals: three.
The No. 2 and No. 3 hitters for the Sox (Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie) each racked up three hits, while Adam Dunn logged three runs batted in. Those three runs were the difference for the Sox in Tuesday’s win.
With two on and one away in the eighth inning, Adam Dunn stroked his only hit of the game. Dunn drilled his seventh home run of the season to give the Sox a 7-2 lead. The Good Guys would go on to win for the second night in a row, 7-6.
The Sox held off a furious late-inning rally from the Royals. Kansas City scored four runs in the final two innings and had the tying run 180 feet from scoring in the ninth inning against Sox reliever Ronald Belisario.
Rienzo was wonderful in his six innings of work on Tuesday. In six innings, Rienzo gave up just two earned runs on five hits, walked two and struck out eight on 107 pitches.
After Rienzo was pulled before the bottom half of the seventh inning, the Sox bullpen was hard at work for the second evening in a row. Although the numbers weren’t as dominant as Monday, the bullpen got the job done again on the road. In his audition for the closer’s role, Belisario picked up his first save of the year after giving up a run on two hits.
White Sox Notes:
- The Sox have hit five home runs in two games at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Royals. The Royals have hit just nine home runs there all season long. Chicks dig the long ball.
- Chris Sale threw about 20 pitches in his bullpen session on Tuesday and said he felt great. Making his return against the Yankees this upcoming weekend at home could happen.
- With Matt Lindstrom heading to the disabled list due to a sore left ankle, the Sox recalled Javy Guerra from Triple-A Charlotte.
Odd Sox Fact of the Day:
15 years ago today, #Mets third baseman Robin Ventura hits a grand slam in each game of a doubleheader vs Brewers.
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 20, 2014