American League Game Summary - Chicago at Kansas City|
(Thursday, August 22nd)
Final Score: Chicago 4, Kansas City 3 (12 innings)
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Conor Gillaspie golfed a solo home run off
Luke Hochevar in the 12th inning to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas
City Royals, 4-3, to complete a three-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium.
Jake Petricka (1-0) picked up the win in his major league debut, as he induced
an inning ending double-play ball from Salvador Perez to escape the 11th.
Royals relievers did not allow a hit in four innings of work before Gillaspie
sent a Hochevar (3-2) curve ball just barely over the wall in right leading
off the 12th.
Addison Reed entered in the bottom half and locked down his 34th save of the
year and sixth in seven days. Kansas City had the tying run on second base
with no outs, but Reed retired pinch-hitter David Lough, Chris Getz and Emilio
Bonifacio in succession to secure Chicago's first sweep in Kansas City since
The White Sox won the final six games of their seven-game road trip and sent
the spiraling Royals to their eighth loss in 10 games.
"It would have been nice to kind of get this a month or two ago when we were
really scuffling," Gillaspie said. "We're catching a couple of breaks here and
there, a couple of balls they're hitting, we're catching. I feel like for a
month and half of the season, that was us."
Chicago's Jose Quintana and James Shields each threw seven innings of three-
run ball and wound up with no-decisions. Quintana only allowed four hits and
struck out seven, while Shields scattered nine hits and fanned eight.
Quintana faced the minimum through four innings before briefly losing his
touch in the fifth. A walk and two singles loaded the bases for Bonifacio, who
singled home Billy Butler with the game's first run.
Sacrifice flies from Alcides Escobar and Jamey Carroll made it a 3-0 game, but
the White Sox got two back in the sixth and tied it in the seventh.
After Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo singled in Jordan Danks and Gordon
Beckham, respectively, Josh Phegley caught a break when his ground ball down
the first-base line hit the bag and bounced into right field, allowing
Gillaspie to score the tying run from second.
"Their balls were finding holes. Sometimes it goes that way," Shields said.
This is Chicago's first six-game winning streak since last August ... The
White Sox improved to 8-12 in extra-inning games, while Kansas City fell to
8-4 after the ninth ... The Royals have dropped three consecutive series after
winning seven sets in a row out of the break ... Chicago leads the season
08/23 01:51:29 ET