Early in Spring Training, the White Sox bullpen playbook would be to get six solid innings from the starter, and then run Codi Heuer, Aaron Bummer and Liam Hendriks out there for the final three innings to lock down a win. For the first time I can remember this year, that worked out just the way you’d draw it up as Carlos Rodon was excellent once again over six innings and the trio of relievers finished off the shutout in a 3-0 Sox victory to vault the Sox into first place in the AL Central.
Carlos Rodon improved to 5-0 on the year, striking out eight over his six innings of work, walking none and scattering five hits. His already microscopic ERA dropped to 0.58 on the season. He got help from his defense as well, as Tim Anderson made a nice running catch in shallow center field, and Adam Eaton made a sliding catch in right field.
Zack Collins broke up Royals starter Brad Keller’s no-hit bid with a solo homer in the fifth, and the Sox got two more runs an inning later on an Adam Eaton RBI single and that was followed up by an RBI double by Jose Abreu.
Tony LaRussa then turned the game over to the aforementioned relievers, and all three did the job shutting the Royals down lock down the Sox’ 17th win of the year, putting the Sox a half game ahead of Cleveland for first place in the division, after Cleveland got no-hit for the second time this year.
Lance Lynn will try to keep the Sox on top of the division tomorrow evening in KC as he looks to keep the Sox starting staff on the stellar run they’ve been on this week.