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White Sox 5, Royals 2: Lynn, Gonzalez lead first series sweep

by Jordan Lazowski

For the first time this season, the White Sox have swept a baseball team.

Lance Lynn got the White Sox started this afternoon and continued the club’s strong run of starting pitching efforts. He completed six innings of work, giving up only two runs – both of them coming on a Michael Massey home run. He turned it over to the bullpen to get the remaining nine outs, and Keynan Middleton, Aaron Bummer, and Joe Kelly continued the bullpen’s stretch of scoreless inning to 19.2 innings.

The White Sox offense was paced by nine-hitter Romy Gonzalez, who went 3-for-3 on the afternoon, including a two-run triple to put the White Sox ahead for good later in the game. Luis Robert Jr. got the scoring started with his team-leading 13th home run on the season as part of a scorching hot May. Andrew Benintendi also drove in two runs and extended his hitting streak to eight games on the afternoon. Overall, it was a strong afternoon for the White Sox on both sides of the ball.

One piece of news: Hanser Alberto left the game day-to-day with a shoulder injury sustained while signaling “safe” on a bunt in the bottom of the fifth. Pedro Grifol is optimistic that he can avoid an IL stint.

With the victory, the White Sox have swept the Royals for the first time since 2021. On the season, he is 19-29.

W: Lance Lynn (3-5) | L: Max Castillo (0-1) | S: Joe Kelly (1)

StatCast Breakdown

Box Score

Offensive Recap:

Pitching Recap:

White Sox Scoring Recap:

  • Bottom 4th: Luis Robert Jr. homers (13) to right center field. 2-1 Royals.
  • Bottom 5th: Romy Gonzalez triples to right field. Clint Frazier, Gavin Sheets score. 3-2 White Sox.
  • Bottom 5th: Andrew Benintendi hits a sacrifice fly. Romy Gonzalez scores. 4-2 White Sox.
  • Bottom 7th: Andrew Benintendi singles to center field. Tim Anderson scores. 5-2 White Sox.

Notable Performances

Lance Lynn: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Lynn gave up a home run early but settled in nicely to give the White Sox six innings of work once he settled in.

Andrew Benintendi: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, K

Benintendi extended his hitting streak to eight games with an insurance run-scoring base hit in the seventh inning.

Luis Robert Jr: 1-for-3, HR, RBI, R, BB, K

Besides his home run, Luis Robert Jr. was the only White Sox hitter to draw a walk today.

Romy Gonzalez: 3-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI, R

Gonzalez hasn’t had the type of season he would want. However, he put together some good at-bats while working to the opposite field, showing some clear positives.

Next Matchup

The White Sox will try to continue their three-game winning streak as they head to Cleveland for the beginning of a seven-game homestand. The White Sox have not announced a starter with Mike Clevinger on the IL with wrist inflammation. However, it is believed that Jesse Scholtens – who was scratched from his Triple-A start today – will be making the start.

The game will begin at 5:10 PM CT over on NBC Sports Chicago.

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Featured Image: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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