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Game Of The Week: White Sox Win ‘Homerun Derby’ Over Royals In Series’ Opener

GOW11It’s no secret that the Chicago White Sox have been struggling as of late. But, this week as their struggles continued, the organization felt that it was necessary to make corresponding moves to have any chance at salvaging their once promising season. With veterans Mat Latos and Jimmy Rollins both designated for assignment this week, it seems that winning needs to happen for the White Sox if they are going to remain contenders in a very competitive American League Central division where the separation between first and fourth positions is just three and a half games.

With Chris Sale on the mound for the White Sox and Ian Kennedy on the mound for the Royals, things took a bit of an off turn as the game turned into a homerun derby of sorts between the both teams.

In the top of the first, Eric Hosmer helped the Royals take an early 1-0 lead as he hit his eleventh homerun of the season; a solo blast on a line drive to left field off of Chris Sale.

In the bottom of the third, a RBI single by Chicago’s Jose Abreu on a ground ball to left sent home Tim Anderson and tied the game at one run a piece. In that same inning, the White Sox then took a 3-1 lead when Melky Cabrera hit his fifth homerun of the season, a two-run shot on a fly ball to center field off of Ian Kennedy.

In the top of the fourth, Hosmer hit his second homer of the night to left field for a 3-2 ballgame.

In the bottom of the fourth, the White Sox were able to increase their lead with back to back homeruns by Brett Lawrie-his seventh of the season  and Alex Avila-with his first of 2016.

It wasn’t over just yet though, in the top of the sixth with Sale still on the mound for the Sox, catcher Salvador Perez hit his eighth homerun of the season on a fly ball to center field; 5-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, after hitting his first homer of the season in the fourth inning, Avila then followed it up with his second, this time on a line drive to right with Lawrie on base to make it a 7-3 White Sox lead.

Kennedy went just five and two-third innings; allowing seven runs on nine hits with a walk and just one strikeout; a rough starter for the offseason acquisition.

Sale would start the seventh inning, but after allowing a RBI single by Alcides Escobar, he was relieved by Dan Jennings.  Hosmer then approached the plate and hit a sac fly to cut the lead to 7-5 and chase Jennings after such a short stint.

Sale worked six innings allowing five runs on eleven hits while walking one and striking out eight batters.

With the 7-5 win, the White Sox are now back at .500 with a 30-30 record and the Royals fall to 30-29. Kennedy is charged with the loss (4-5) and Chris Sale finally hits the ten win mark by earning the win (10-2); David Robertson picks up his fifteenth save of the season.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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