May 19, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) runs the bases after hitting a 3 run home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

How Did the White Sox Win on Monday?

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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.

Paul Konerko‘s two-run home run in the fifth inning off Royals starter Jason Vargas was the difference. The home run was Konerko’s second of the season and the 436th home run of his career.

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:

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.

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