CHICAGO – On the seventh pitch of the at-bat and the 22nd of the inning, Daniel Lynch threw a heater in the lower corner of the strike zone at White Sox centerfielder Adam Engel. The bases were loaded with two outs in the lower quarter, and the crowd at the Guaranteed Rate Field was on their feet, hoping the royals’ leadership would pass to the home team in one run.
Lynch’s 96 mph sinker made sure that wasn’t the case. Angel swung through to end the inning and chased Lynch out of the hill with his fist.
It was a defining moment for the 24-year-old left-hander – and a defining moment for the Royals in their 3-2 win on Thursday night as they celebrated their second straight win over Chicago after winning three out of four last week.
Emmanuel Rivera and Edward Olivares, both 25, added to the scoring Thursday night with Rivera’s double-out, two-run doubles in the first inning and Olivares’ second homer in as many days in the seventh inning.