Eloy Jimenez picked up the first two hits of his big league career, and Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada both went deep for the Chicago White Sox, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 0-2 on the season with an 8-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
Jorge Soler racked up three hits and three RBI on the day for the Royals, and Whit Merrifield collected two RBI as Kansas City won their second straight game in the season-opening season with the White Sox.
White Sox hurler Reynaldo Lopez only lasted four innings, giving up four earned runs and walking four batters while striking out two. He also scattered six hits, and the Royals were able to force him from the game early.
After a pair of scoreless innings, the Royals broke through in the third, as Adalberto Mondesi smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the third to score Billy Hamilton. Ryan O’Hearn then hit an RBI single to center field to score a pair of runs to give the Royals a 3-0 lead.
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After Soler hit an RBI double in the fifth, the White Sox finally got on the board in the sixth, as Abreu launched his first home run of the season to trim the Kansas City lead to just one run. Unfortunately for Chicago, Kansas City responded right away, as Merrifield and Soler each picked up RBI hits in the bottom of the frame to make it an 8-3 game.
Leury Garcia hit an RBI double in the seventh inning to make it 8-4, and Moncada smacked a home run to right field to trim the lead to just two runs, but the White Sox couldn’t finish off the comeback, leaving the tying run stranded at first in the ninth inning.
The two teams will play the final game of the three-game set on Sunday afternoon, with Lucas Giolito taking the hill for the White Sox.