White Sox Send Royals Staggering

The Chicago White Sox would have liked to complete a few more trades prior to the deadline to give themselves the jolt they need to make a jump in the AL Central.

It didn’t work out that way. They’ll have to pick themselves up and deliver more performances like this.

Eloy Jiménez set season highs with three hits and four RBI, José Abreu homered and Chicago pounded the Kansas City Royals 9-2 on Tuesday night.

Jiménez singled and scored in a three-run first inning and smacked a two-run double in the fourth to bump Chicago’s lead to 5-2. He added a long sacrifice fly in the sixth before Abreu chased Royals starter Brad Keller (5-12) with a two-run homer off the left-field foul pole, making it 8-2.

The Royals sent utility player Whit Merrifield to the Blue Jays with just minutes to spare. The two-time All-Star will have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if he’s going to play in Toronto, after missing Kansas City’s trip there last month.

The three-game series wraps up with the White Sox sending RHP Lance Lynn (1-4, 6.42 ERA) to the mound and the Royals going with RHP Brady Singer (4-3, 3.51) at 1:10.