Pitching
Chris Sale
ERA3.01

ChrisSale

SEASON CAREER
W3 24
L2 13
G6 115
IP40.0 326.1
BB12 100
SO37 340
Monday, May 6th 2:10 PM ET
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
 

JamesShields

SEASON CAREER
W2 89
L2 75
G6 224
IP42.0 1496.2
BB10 350
SO39 1289
Pitching
James Shields
ERA3.87
Chicago White Sox VS. 

James Shields

Career vs. Chicago
3-4
4.56 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Gordon Beckham 17 .353 6 1 1 1 5 .389 1.036 .647
Alejandro De Aza 10 .200 2 0 1 1 1 .273 .473 .200
Adam Dunn 13 .077 1 0 0 3 6 .250 .327 .077
Tyler Flowers 3 .333 1 1 1 0 1 .333 1.666 1.333
Jeff Keppinger 7 .143 1 0 0 0 1 .143 .286 .143
Paul Konerko 28 .143 4 0 1 4 8 .273 .416 .143
Alexei Ramirez 26 .423 11 2 4 3 2 .483 1.175 .692
Alex Rios 45 .311 14 1 4 2 9 .340 .784 .444
Angel Sanchez 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Dayan Viciedo 8 .500 4 0 2 0 0 .556 1.056 .500
Dewayne Wise 10 .300 3 1 1 0 2 .300 .900 .600
Kansas City Royals VS. 

Chris Sale

Career vs. Kansas City
5-5
2.76 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Billy Butler 25 .320 8 3 7 2 5 .357 1.037 .680
Lorenzo Cain 17 .294 5 1 1 0 4 .294 .823 .529
Jarrod Dyson 2 .500 1 0 0 1 0 .667 1.167 .500
Alcides Escobar 27 .444 12 0 0 2 5 .483 .964 .481
Jeff Francoeur 18 .167 3 1 2 3 2 .318 .651 .333
Chris Getz 17 .353 6 0 1 0 4 .353 .706 .353
Alex Gordon 30 .267 8 0 2 5 9 .371 .738 .367
Eric Hosmer 15 .200 3 0 0 0 5 .200 .467 .267
Elliot Johnson 4 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Mike Moustakas 16 .250 4 0 0 0 5 .250 .563 .313
Salvador Perez 19 .316 6 0 2 0 4 .316 .737 .421

Danks homers in 11th, White Sox beat Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jordan Danks just had to wait a short while for a second chance.

The backup outfielder atoned for his baserunning blunder in the ninth inning by hitting a solo home run in the 11th that lifted the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Monday.

"I knew that was going to be my shot to do something," Danks said. "I wasn't trying to do too much. But you got a guy throwing 97, 98 (mph), he's going to provide most of the power. Like coaches have been telling you since Little League, get something good to hit."

Danks connected with two outs off Kelvin Herrera (2-3) for his first homer of the season. The White Sox avoided a three-game sweep and won for only the fifth time in 18 tries in Kauffman Stadium.

Danks entered in the ninth as a pinch-runner. Moments later, he got caught in a rundown between third and home after Alexei Ramirez hit a tying, bases-loaded infield single with two outs.

"It makes it a little bit better, yeah," Danks said with a grin. "I told them I did it on purpose so I could come up and hit a homer."

Chicago starter Chris Sale , who spent most of the day matching James Shields pitch for pitch, said the dugout "went nuts" when Danks homered.

"That's always fun to watch," Sale said. "Emotions are high. You're tense. Someone goes up and does that, it's fun."

The White Sox trailed 1-0 before loading the bases with no outs in the ninth. After Paul Konerko grounded into a home-to-first double play, Danks entered as a pinch-runner at second base for Adam Dunn .

Conor Gillaspie was intentionally walked to load the bases. Ramirez followed with an infield single up the middle that made it 1-all, but Danks was tagged out on the play, ending the rally.

"He got caught in no man's land," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Even in the dugout, you're thinking about trying to send him. It's too late to tell him to stop. That wasn't his fault. That's on us. That's just an aggressive play. I'd rather be like that than not be aggressive."

Jesse Crain (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning for the win. Addison Reed worked the 11th for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.

Shields threw eight shutout innings and handed a 1-0 lead to Greg Holland starting the ninth.

Royals manager Ned Yost said he was not tempted to let Shields work the ninth.

"Everybody has their job to do and Shields had done his," Yost said. "He threw eight shutout innings. It was a one-run game. The runs make all the difference. If it was a two-run or a three-run lead, yeah. But in a one-run game, (if) you send him out he's either going to win it or lose it. You let the closer go out and try to do his job."

Shields, who lost to Sale 1-0 on opening day in Chicago, allowed two hits and struck out a season-best nine. He walked two.

"I felt good out there," Shields said. "I felt like I had all my pitches working. I struggled early in the game getting ahead of hitters, and I gave up a couple of walks. But for the most part it was a tough battle. When you're facing Sale, it's going to be tough."

Sale was almost as sharp, going 7 1-3 innings and allowing one run on six hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.

"I kind of fell into a groove," Sale said. "Sweeps will kill you. James Shields was awesome, actually. But to keep our heads in the game and grind it out, it says a lot about who we are."

Alex Gordon hit a leadoff single in the first for Kansas City and scored when Billy Butler lined a double down the left-field line.

After Gordon's two-out single in the third, Sale retired 15 straight batters until Salvador Perez doubled into the gap with two out in the seventh.

NOTES: The White Sox announced that RHP Gavin Floyd will undergo season-ending surgery in New York on Tuesday. ... RHP Jake Peavy , who missed his last two scheduled starts with back spasms, is set to start for Chicago on Wednesday against the New York Mets . ... This was the makeup for the game that was postponed the previous Friday because of freezing rain. ... Sale threw 34 pitches in the first inning, including 12 to Mike Moustakas before he popped out on a 3-2 offering. ... 3B Gillaspie made an outstanding play on a hard-hit grounder by Alcides Escobar to end the fifth. ... The White Sox are in the midst of playing 15 of 18 away from U.S. Cellular Field. ... With one out in the 10th, Dewayne Wise singled but was cut down by Royals RF Jeff Francoeur when he overslid the bag at second. With one out in the 11th, Alex Rios singled but was caught trying to steal second.

© 2013 STATS LLC STATS, Inc

PITCH-BY-PITCH

SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Draft Yasiel Puig NHL Playoffs NBA Playoffs Mark Cuban Jabari Parker
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint