Tim Anderson has the final say in the White Sox win over the Royals

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 29: Tim Anderson #7 and Charlie Tilson #22 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate a win over the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Royals 8-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – In the second inning, it looked like the tempers might flare again when it came to Royals’ pitchers and Tim Anderson.

In the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday night, in his first at-bat, the shortstop was hit in the front of the helmet with the first pitch from Glenn Sparkman. It immediately brought back memories of the game on April 17th, when Anderson was hit by Brad Kellar in the sixth inning of the game in Chicago, which cleared both benches and resulted in suspensions on both sides.

This hit by pitch of Anderson resulted in an ejection of Sparkman, and while there were some arguments from the Royals over the decision, emotions remained in check the rest of the way. Whether the pitch was intentional or not was certainly up for debate, but in the end, the man who got hit would have the final say.

Capping off a wildly up-and-down game for both sides, Anderson’s RBI double gave the White Sox the lead for good in the 8th inning of an 8-7 win over Kansas City Wednesday night that gives the White Sox a rare sweep in 2019. It was the only hit of the night for the shortstop and came when the White Sox needed it after dropping a six-run lead over the course of the previous three innings.

But it ends up a notch in the win column for Rick Renteria’s team, who creep to within three games of .500 after the victory.

What happened between Anderson’s two key plays in the game – getting hit with the pitch in the second and then the game-winning hit in the eighth – was quite a roller coaster. Up by one coming into the frame thanks to a two-run homer by Yoan Moncada, the White Sox struck for five more after the shortstop was hit.

Jose Abreu’s three-run homer was the highlight as the home team took a 7-1 lead.

Kansas City finally got to Reynaldo Lopez in the sixth, getting four runs back to get within two. Nicky Lopez got the Royals to even in the 8th on a two-run single off Kelvin Herrera, but the White Sox had a quick answer. James McCann got a double in the bottom half of the inning with one out, and after Eloy Jimenez grounded out to third, Anderson came through.

His double to left brought home McCann for the go-ahead run, and Alex Colome made it hold up to preserve the victory. Once again, it was Anderson at the center of it against the Royals, overcoming an early hit to the helmet to get the one that counted in the end.

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