Royals Take Opener Against Sox

By: Jon Van Pelt

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The Royals opened a weekend series with the Chicago White Sox Friday night looking to gain some ground in the central division. Dillon Gee got his second start for KC and pitched very well over 5 innings. He gave up an early run to the Sox, but managed to pitch out of more runs. The Sox had baserunners all over the place through the first five innings, but thanks to timely pitches, and stellar defensive plays, they only scored one run off of Gee and later the pen.

The offense of Kansas City, however, took a little longer to get going, having only one baserunner through the first five innings, who was shortly thereafter doubled up. In the sixth inning however the bats lit up White Sox starter Jose Quintana, with five hits, including 3 doubles and 3 runs across. Next inning, the bats scratched one more run off Quintana who had not given up more than two runs in any of his previous starts this season.

From then on out, the bullpen took control and held the White Sox bats down, thanks in part, to a stellar double play from shortstop Alcides Escobar. The Royals, look to take their third straight series victory today as Danny Duffy takes the hill this afternoon agaisnt the White Sox.

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