Have you ever watched a game and wondered how one team won and the other team didn’t?
If you were tuned into the White Sox-Royals game on Monday night, you know exactly what I’m saying. The Sox came back from a five-run deficit in the first inning to beat Kansas City in the series opener, 7-6.
Although the Sox are 22-24 on the season, the club has battled valiantly through injuries. Monday was another case of the Good Guys showing that they’re never out of a game. But, even with the resiliency the Sox possess, last night seemed improbable even for them.
Don’t believe me? Ask CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes:
#WhiteSox win somehow. Seriously, try and explain that one to your friends and they'll tell you you're on drugs.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) May 20, 2014
The Royals scored five runs on five hits in the first inning. What did they do offensively in the final eight innings? No runs and just five hits.
It took five guys, but the White Sox bullpen was stellar in their five innings of work. In five innings of relief, the Sox ‘pen gave up one hit, walked only one and struck out four.
Jake Petricka picked up his first save of the season in place of the injured Matt Lindstrom. On Tuesday afternoon, the White Sox announced that Lindstrom would be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an injured tendon in his left ankle.
With Matt Lindstrom‘s name added to the disabled list, that makes 10 White Sox players who are currently or have spent time on the DL.
In case you forgot…
White Sox DL:
1B/DH Jose Abreu - Sore left ankle
2B Gordon Beckham - Oblique
CF Adam Eaton - Hamstrings
OF Avisail Garcia - Torn Labrum (out for season)
3B Conor Gillaspie - Hand
RHP Nate Jones - Lower back
3B Jeff Keppinger - Shoulder (DFA)
RHP Matt Lindstrom - Injured tendon in left ankle
RHP Felipe Paulino – Right rotator cuff
LHP Chris Sale - Sore tendon in left elbow
For this Sox club to be just a game out of second place in the AL Central with these devastating injuries is not just improbable, but quite befuddling. Pretty crazy for a team who was 63-99 last season.
So, to answer the question, “How did the White Sox win on Monday?”, my answer is simply … I have no clue.