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White Sox fall in 13 innings after brawl with Royals

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White Sox fall in 13 innings after brawl with Royals

Eric Hosmer’s two-out RBI double in the top of the 13th gave the Kansas City Royals a literal hard-fought win over the White Sox on Thursday night.

Hosmer’s liner into deep right field off reliever Jake Petricka allowed Jarrod Dyson to score from first base in a game marred by a massive brawl that resulted in five player ejections, including both starting pitchers. Wade Davis earned the save for the Royals, who prevailed 3-2 at U.S. Cellular Field as the White Sox finished 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Dyson entered the game in the seventh inning after Lorenzo Cain was ejected for participating in the brawl.

Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura and Edinson Volquez also were ejected as were Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija. Both Ventura and Sale each hit a batter earlier in the game.

Sale spotted the Royals a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Kendrys Morales singled in two runs. But the White Sox fought back against Ventura, who looked unhittable the first two innings. Ventura hit Jose Abreu to start the fourth inning and that led to a White Sox run as with two outs, Alexei Ramirez singled in Avisail Garcia, who reached on one of three fielder’s choices.

An inning later, the White Sox tied it when Abreu followed a two-out double by Melky Cabrera with one of his own.

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Two innings later, mounting tensions that began on Opening Day when Samardzija hit Cain after a Mike Moustakas homer, boiled over into a lengthy brawl. Ventura fielded Adam Eaton’s comebacker, took several steps off the mound, staring at the White Sox leadoff hitter the entire way before throwing to first for the out. Eaton then quickly turned to confront the pitcher and both benches and bullpens emptied.

The two teams then settled down and got into a bullpen battle.

Zach Duke, David Robertson, Zach Putnam and Dan Jennings all produced scoreless innings in relief of Sale, who allowed two earned runs and nine hits in seven innings. Kelvin Herrera and Jason Frasor each pitched a scoreless inning and Ryan Madson threw two. Franklin Morales pitched a scoreless inning as well in relief of Ventura, who struck out eight over seven.

Ventura allowed five hits and walked one.

Petricka, who made his 2015 debut on Wednesday, pitched a scoreless inning in the 12th. He retired the first batter in the 13th before Moustakas singled. Dyson reached on a fielder’s choice and drew five throws over by Petricka before Hosmer ripped a 2-2 changeup into right.

White Sox Talk Podcast: The start of a legend, the story of THE Luis Robert home run

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The start of a legend, the story of THE Luis Robert home run

In Durham, N.C. in August 2019, White Sox youngster Luis Robert hit one of the most jaw dropping home runs anyone has ever seen or heard. Chuck Garfien relives that legend starting home run with Ryan McGuffey, Vinnie Duber and White Sox players Zack Collins, Danny Mendick, and Nick Madrigal. The link to the homer is below. INDULGE!

(2:45) - Luis Robert is a specimen

(4:15) - Robert does everything well, literally everything

(7:32) - Zack Collins on what he thought of the Robert home run

(9:34) - Danny Mendick remembers what the home run looked like

(11:46) - Nick Madrigal on what the dugout was thinking after the home run

(14:00) - How far can Robert hit a ball in Chicago?

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

 

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In order to be contenders, the White Sox must learn how to win in 2020

In order to be contenders, the White Sox must learn how to win in 2020

GLENDALE, Ariz. — If the White Sox are going to start winning in 2020, they're going to have to learn how.

Certainly a talented roster will play a large role in that. But the influx of veterans this winter didn't just bring on-field capabilities. In adding Yasmani Grandal, Dallas Keuchel, Edwin Encarnacion, Gio Gonzalez and Steve Cishek, Rick Hahn's front office injected this team with winners, guys who have been to the playoffs and made sizable impacts on winning clubs.

If anybody can teach the young White Sox how to win, it's these guys.

"Yasmani's been in the postseason each of the last five years, Keuchel four of the last five years and Edwin each of the last five years," Rick Hahn said after the Encarnacion signing became official in early January. "That's obviously a tremendous track record for each of them but also speaks in part to what we're trying to accomplish not just on the field but in terms of taking that next step in our clubhouse and this young core not only growing together but learning how to win and learning what it takes to be successful not only over the course of the summer but well into October, as well."

And that playoff experience is rather extensive:

— Grandal won four consecutive NL West championships with the Dodgers and went to back-to-back World Series in 2017 and 2018 before helping the Brewers reach — and hitting a home run in — the NL wild card game last season.

— Keuchel reached three out of four postseasons with the Astros, including in his Cy Young season of 2015 and the team's now-controversial World Series season of 2017, and won an NL East title with the Braves in 2019.

— Encarnacion played in three of the last five AL Championship Series and won AL Central crowns with the Indians in 2017 and 2018.

— Gonzalez played in four postseasons with the Nationals and made the NLCS with the Brewers in 2018.

— Cishek pitched with the Cubs team that played in the NL wild card game in 2018.

Considering even the White Sox team leader, Jose Abreu, has never finished a major league season above .500, all this new playoff experience adds something that was sorely missing.

"You've got to have the talent, and we have the talent on this team," Encarnacion said. "This team makes me remember the team that we had in 2015 with the Blue Jays. A lot of young talents, a few veteran guys and we put everything together and this team is going to be right.

"The team has to be together. If you're going to win, we've got to be together like a team. Pick up your teammates. That's why you have to stay together. If your teammate does something wrong, you're going to feel it and you're going to want to do something to help them out. That's all about it.

"This team makes me remember what we had in Toronto. ... This team has the talent to compete in the division and win."

That 2015 Blue Jays team won the AL East and made it to Game 6 of the ALCS before being eliminated by the eventual world-champion Kansas City Royals. Encarnacion hit 39 homers and drove in 111 runs that season, a set of numbers that would be good news for the White Sox half a decade later.

But in addition to that production, the White Sox could reap the benefits of Encarnacion's playoff experience. The same goes for what they can glean from Grandal, Keuchel and Gonzalez.

"I think that these guys in particular have played a huge role in postseason play in terms of actually performing and being in the limelight. I think their presence in and of itself and probably some of the conversations that they suddenly have with the group play a big part," manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday at Camelback Ranch. "I think that's one of the things that we're hoping to take advantage of. For us, it's a really important time, because now we're trying to take those young men that have developed and are putting themselves on the map, as very good Major League Baseball players trying to take it to the next place.

"And it's like anything too, those moments you can't replicate until you get there. So everybody deals with them differently. Hopefully we're able to deal with them positively. And they have some guys in that I've gone through it that will help them be able to make some adjustments."

The winning-experience ingredient has been added to the interesting gumbo that is the 2020 White Sox, a team that has designs on bringing October baseball to the South Side for the first time in more than a decade. All these veterans can serve as resources for the young guys and teach them what is necessary to be a contender along the way.

And these veterans can feed off the talent of those same youngsters to drive toward another addition to their postseason resumes.

"Once you get a little taste of the playoffs, that's why you play is to get that feeling," Keuchel said. "As much as you want to replicate it in the regular season, for guys who have no playoff experience, I think the regular season is that feeling. But there's another feeling to it that pushes you and wants you to be a better player.

"Ultimately I told Rick Hahn this: I said, 'Four out of the last five years, I've made the playoffs, and I don't expect any of these three years (during the contract with the White Sox) to be any different.'" 

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