MLB Game Recap - Kansas City at Chicago Sox
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

ATL
3
PHI
1
F
LAD
3
BAL
7
F
BOS
0
TOR
8
F
MIL
7
MIA
5
F
ARI
0
NYM
9
F
WAS
6
MIN
2
F
TB
9
TEX
10
F
CLE
4
LAA
3
F
OAK
5
HOU
3
F
KC
8
CHW
6
F
STL
1
COL
2
F
PIT
6
SF
3
F
CHC
0
SD
4
F
CIN
3
SEA
5
F
NYY
DET
PPD

September 11, 2019 8:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Kansas City (54-92)

2

0

2

1

1

0

0

2

0

8

14

0

Chicago Sox (64-81)

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

6

8

0

W: Sparkman (4-11)

L: Lopez (9-13)

S: Kennedy (28)

KC - HR: Starling (4) , Mondesi (9) , OHearn (13) , Soler 2 (43)

CHW - HR: Jimenez (26) , Abreu (32)

Soler hits 2 homers, Royals beat White Sox 8-6
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:51 AM

CHICAGO (AP) Kansas City manager Ned Yost believed Jorge Soler would be a great hitter when the Royals traded for the slugger before the 2017 season.

Soler is proving Yost right.

Soler hit a pair of two-run homers among his career high-matching four hits, leading the Royals to an 8-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

Soler has 43 homers this season, two behind American League leader Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.

It was the fifth multi-homer game of Soler's career and third this season. He also has five more homers than the Royals' previous team record of 38, by Mike Moustakas in 2017. Soler came within a few inches of a third homer, but his drive in the third hit high off the wall for a double.

"He's come a long way over the course of the year, and he's only going to get better," Yost said.

Soler seemed headed for a breakout season a year ago before suffering a broken foot in June.

"It really started to come last year (before) he broke his foot," Yost said. "Coming into spring training, we hoped as a staff that he could continue what he did last year, and he's done that and more."

Adalberto Mondesi homered and had three hits, and Bubba Starling and Ryan O'Hearn also connected as the Royals beat Chicago for the fifth time in six games.

Rookie Eloy Jimenez homered, his 26th, and drove in four runs, and Jose Abreu added a two-run shot for the White Sox.

Abreu has 32 homers and 114 RBIs, which is three off the major-league lead at the start of Wednesday.

The teams combined for seven homers and have hit a total of 13 in the first two games of the series.

Glenn Sparkman (4-11) allowed three runs on four hits and snapped a nine-start winless streak. He had last won on July 16, against the White Sox at Kansas City.

Scott Barlow worked two scoreless innings and Ian Kennedy pitched the ninth for his 28th save.

Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez (9-13) was coming off a complete-game one-hitter, but was roughed up for six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed four homers and has given up 31 in 166 2/3 innings this season.

The 25-year-old right-hander has struggled with consistency from start to start. Before the one-hitter at Cleveland on Sept. 5, he gave up six runs and got only two outs at Atlanta on Aug. 31.

"Obviously, he had good stuff, but he wasn't locating at all," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.

"It is frustrating not to being able to be consistent, especially after the last outing," Lopez said through a translator.

Soler's two-run shot in the first gave Kansas City an early lead. Jimenez answered with a three-run shot in the bottom of the inning, giving Chicago a 3-2 edge.

Lopez, though, couldn't keep the ball in the park. Mondesi hit a two-blast in the third to put the Royals back on top. Bubba Starling and Ryan O'Hearn then added solo shots in the fourth and fifth innings to make it 6-3.

The White Sox cut the deficit to two in the sixth on a Jimenez RBI groundout.

Soler's second two-run homer - off reliever Michael Fulmer in the eighth - made it 8-4. Abreu then hit a two-run shot off reliever Jesse Hahn in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to two runs again.

NUMBERS GAME

Earlier in the season, Soler talked about hitting 30 homers and then 40. He was asked if he has a new goal in mind.

"I don't have any number in sight," he said through a translator. "I'm just trying to stay focused and just keep swinging."

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Renteria, who had shoulder surgery on Friday, is with the team and handled the pregame media session. He wasn't visible in the Chicago dugout for much of the game, but came out to argue in the ninth after James McCann was ejected. Bench coach Joe McEwing handled the pitching changes.

UP NEXT

Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (14-8, 3.27 ERA) faces Royals RHP Jorge Lopez (3-7, 6.23) Thursday afternoon in the finale of the three-game series. Giolito is 3-1 with a 2.32 ERA against K.C. this season. Lopez had his longest career outing last Friday at Miami with six scoreless innings.

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Pitchers of Record

Kansas City IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
G. Sparkman (W, 4-11) 5 4 3 1 4 5.40 1.000
I. Kennedy (S, 28) 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Chicago Sox IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
R. Lopez (L, 9-13) 4.2 9 6 1 6 11.57 2.143

Batting Leaders

Kansas City AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Soler 5 4 2 2 4 0 11 0 8.8
R. OHearn 2 2 1 1 1 1 5 0 5.3
Chicago Sox AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Abreu 4 2 2 1 2 0 6 0 3.0
E. Jimenez 4 2 1 1 4 0 5 0 2.5

Team Comparison

KC CHW
At Bats 41 35
Hits 14 8
Batting Average .341 .229
On Base Percentage .372 .270
Slugging Percentage 0.732 0.429
Doubles 1 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 5 2
Total Bases 30 15
Walks 2 2
Strikeouts 9 6
Stolen Bases 2 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 8 4
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 2/8 1/5
Double Plays Fielded 0 0
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - Series Tied 9-9

Date Result Winner Loser
Thu Mar 28 CHW 3 @ KC 5 B. Keller C. Rodon
Sat Mar 30 CHW 6 @ KC 8 J. Junis R. Lopez
Sun Mar 31 CHW 6 @ KC 3 L. Giolito J. Lopez
Mon Apr 15 KC 4 @ CHW 5 M. Banuelos B. Boxberger
Tue Apr 16 KC 1 @ CHW 5 R. Lopez J. Lopez
Wed Apr 17 KC 4 @ CHW 3 W. Peralta N. Jones
Mon May 27 KC 1 @ CHW 2 A. Colome J. Diekman
Tue May 28 KC 3 @ CHW 4 L. Giolito B. Keller
Wed May 29 KC 7 @ CHW 8 K. Herrera I. Kennedy
Fri Jun 7 CHW 4 @ KC 6 B. Boxberger J. Fry
Sat Jun 8 CHW 2 @ KC 0 L. Giolito B. Keller
Sun Jun 9 CHW 5 @ KC 2 R. Lopez G. Sparkman
Mon Jul 15 CHW 2 @ KC 5 J. Junis L. Giolito
Tue Jul 16 CHW 0 @ KC 11 G. Sparkman D. Cease
Wed Jul 17 CHW 5 @ KC 7 D. Duffy I. Nova
Thu Jul 18 CHW 5 @ KC 6 B. Keller R. Detwiler
Tue Sep 10 KC 3 @ CHW 7 I. Nova J. Junis
Wed Sep 11 KC 8 @ CHW 6 G. Sparkman R. Lopez

Game Information

Stadium: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 14,385
Game Time: 3:16
Weather: 87F, Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?