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Sale, White Sox hold off Royals for series win

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Sale, White Sox hold off Royals for series win

KANSAS CITY -- The White Sox had difficulty getting men on base Sunday and even more trouble driving in runners.

But Chris Sale made what little production his teammates offered stand up. Sale earned his 11th victory and Adam Dunn homered again in a 2-1 White Sox victory over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Sale limited the Royals to a run even though he allowed 10 hits in eight innings while Dunn homered in a third straight game. Along with a scoreless inning from Addison Reed, who bounced back from Fridays blown save, the White Sox increased their lead in the American League Central to 3 12 games over the victorious Detroit Tigers, who moved past the Cleveland Indians into second place.

It didnt seem like the White Sox would have much difficulty scoring after their first two innings against Royals starter Luis Mendoza (3-6).

Dunn lined a first-inning homer to right to make it 1-0 and the White Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning. Alexei Ramirez, who also had a nice day in the field, drilled a ball down the third-base line, but Mike Moustakas nabbed it to take away extra bases and start a run-scoring double play.

From there, however, the White Sox could do little despite numerous chances.

They stranded two runners in the fifth and seventh innings and left the bases loaded in the eighth. The White Sox left 10 men on base and finished 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

The White Sox still took two of three from the Royals even though they were 6-for-36 with runners in scoring position in the series.

Sale made sure those struggles didnt add up to a loss on Sunday.

Though the All-Star wasnt nearly at his best, he pitched his way in and out of trouble all afternoon. Sale stranded two batters in the third and fifth innings and got a critical double play to end the eighth inning after the Royals led off with consecutive singles.

Sale only struck out four batters, but didnt issue a walk in a 115-pitch performance.

Reed then pitched around a two-out single by Salvador Perez to earn his 14th save in 16 tries this season.

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

The Charlotte Knights took on the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday night in a high-profile minor league game due to White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech being on the mound. 

Kopech, the 22-yearold old flame throwing right-hander, has been collecting impressive strikeout totals but has struggled with his control. He had issued 15 walks over his last five starts, and prior to Thursday's game his ERA was 4.48. But Kopech shined in all facets against Pawtucket.

In six innings of work, Kopech allowed one earned run on seven hits, and had nine strikeouts. But the most important part of his game was that fact that he only issued one walk in the start.

Prior to Thursday's game, Kopech had 122 strikeouts and 57 walks over 88.1 innings pitched. If he continues to cut down his walks he will become a very efficient pitcher in the future. 

But the performance is important in the context of the White Sox losing season, as a lack of control is perhaps the last thing holding Kopech back from being able to make his major league debut.

 

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

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Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.