Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 13th 2023

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Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol acknowledged "nothing here was good enough this year" before the club split a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

That's the reality in a season that started with division title aspirations but quickly went in the other direction.

With that, the White Sox (56-89) enter Wednesday night's series finale vs. the visiting Royals (45-101) with stronger intent on finding more answers in the long term than the short term. Grifol has an idea on a strategy.

"You can have talent and still win a little bit, but you might not sustain it, you know," he said. "There's a way of doing this thing and doing it with the right mindset. We have to really evaluate our roster and change that mindset to where we're thinking about one thing and one thing only: that's just winning baseball games and winning a world championship."

It's far from a title, but the winner of Wednesday's game will claim the season series between the American League Central foes. The White Sox and Royals have split their first 12 meetings.

Kansas City is finding bright spots down the stretch despite having the worst record in the majors.

A new highlight emerged in the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader, as catcher Logan Porter contributed two hits in his major league debut. An undrafted minor league free agent who signed with the Royals five years ago, Porter delivered a two-run single in his first career plate appearance.

Porter, 28, grew up in Surprise, Ariz., home of the Royals' spring training facility. He served as a clubhouse attendant and occasional bullpen catcher in high school.


"It's a very surreal experience," Porter said. "Emotions are really high. Seeing familiar faces around here makes it a lot easier for me, more comforting. ... I've been going to spring training games since I was 12 years old, seeing some of the young prospects we had. It's just surreal to see it all unfold, all come together. It's crazy. It really is."

Right-hander Mike Clevinger (7-7, 3.64 ERA) is set to start for the White Sox on Wednesday. After allowing eight runs and 12 hits in four innings of a loss to visiting Detroit on Sept. 2, Clevinger regrouped against the Tigers on Friday. He scattered three hits and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings.

Clevinger found fuel in opposing the Tigers' Reese Olson, who carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before the White Sox broke through in a 6-0 victory.

"Makes it a little more fun," Clevinger said. "You're always competing against the other team, every hitter. It's also fun to have those pitchers' duels, so you can see who can outlast who."

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Clevinger received a no-decision at Kansas City on May 11, scattering three runs and three hits in six innings with two walks and two strikeouts. He is 9-0 with a 2.16 ERA in 15 career appearances against the Royals, including 14 starts.

Rookie right-hander Steven Cruz (0-0, 7.20) will start for the Royals on Wednesday. Cruz has made each of his five appearances in relief, including one scoreless inning with one strikeout against the White Sox on Sept. 4.

--Field Level Media

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Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Recap SEP 13TH 2023

Maikel Garcia had three hits, including a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning, and Michael Massey belted a three-run home run as the Kansas City Royals edged the host Chicago White Sox 11-10 on Tuesday to earn a split of a doubleheader.

Chicago trailed 9-0 before getting on the scoreboard in the fifth inning, then erupted for eight runs in the sixth to tie the game.

Garcia gave the Royals (45-101) a 10-9 lead in the seventh with his run-scoring single. A Bobby Witt Jr. sacrifice fly in the ninth put the Royals ahead 11-9. The team needed that run, as Carlos Hernandez navigated a shaky ninth to earn his fourth save of the season and help Kansas City stop a five-game losing streak.

After watching Chicago (56-89) send nine men to the plate in the first inning of its Game 1 victory, Kansas City followed suit. Logan Porter, who worked at the Royals' spring training facility in high school, delivered a two-run single in his first major league at-bat to highlight a four-run first.

Seven more Royals batted in the second inning. A Salvador Perez RBI single preceded Massey's three-run shot to right field.

Chicago starter Touki Toussaint surrendered eight runs and six hits in one-plus inning with two walks and a strikeout before his teammates rallied to get him off the hook.

After managing just one hit in the first five innings -- an Eloy Jimenez solo homer -- Chicago collected seven hits in the sixth. Gavin Sheets provided a key blow with the bases loaded, hitting a two-run double off the wall in right center. An error allowed a third run to score, drawing the White Sox to within 9-8.

Sheets advanced to third on the play and scored on Lenyn Sosa's game-tying sacrifice fly one batter later.

Royals starter Jordan Lyles allowed seven runs and seven hits in five innings with three strikeouts and no walks.

Perez and Porter each had two hits and two RBIs, while Kyle Isbel had two hits.

Sheets drove in three runs for Chicago. Andrew Vaughn and Jimenez had two hits apiece.

Taylor Clarke (3-5) picked up the win despite allowing two runs (one earned) and one hit in one inning of relief. He walked one and struck out two.

Deivi Garcia (0-1) was the losing pitcher, yielding one run and one hit in one inning.

--Field Level Media