The Chicago White Sox didn’t get off to the best start on Thursday, but they definitely finished strong in a 14-7 win over the Kansas City Royals.
The Sox, who were down 4-0 in the first inning without recording a single out, stormed back and scored 14 unanswered runs to cruise to victory, and they made some history in the process.
According to MLB, the White Sox tied a big league record by hitting six total home runs on Opening Day. Only the 1988 Mets have also accomplished that feat, and the big slugging Sox joined an exclusive club as a result.
Before Thursday’s outburst, the White Sox had never hit more than three home runs in an Opening Day game, and they obliterated that mark in Kansas City.
Matt Davidson was a big part of the offensive explosion, clubbing three home runs on the day. He not only became the first White Sox player to hit three home runs on Opening Day, but he also became only the fourth player in MLB history to hit three long balls in the first game of the season.
Finally, Davidson made another bit of unique history. According to MLB, in the Statcast era no player had ever hit more than one home run in the same game with an exit velocity of at least 114 MPH, until Davidson launched all three of his home runs at, or beyond, that milestone.