Fulmer, Palka, White Sox beat KC 8-0 to open doubleheader

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chicago White Sox acting manager Joe McEwing had Trayce Thompson in the on-deck circle to hit for Daniel Palka in the seventh inning against Kansas City lefty Eric Stout.

But when Royals manager Ned Yost opted to bring in right-hander Birch Smith, McEwing let Palka hit.

Palka hit a three-run homer, part of his big performance as the White Sox beat Kansas City 8-0 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Palka had four hits and scored three times and Carson Fulmer allowed four singles over seven innings to lead Chicago.

''They didn't announce Trayce's name, so when they brought in another pitcher, they told me to come back out,'' Palka said. ''Worked out pretty good. That's a pretty funny story.''

Palka, who was hitless in his first eight at-bats since debuting Wednesday, was a triple shy of a cycle.

The White Sox are 5-0 against the Royals this season and 3-16 against other opponents. The Royals have been outscored 32-11 during a five-game losing streak and are a major league-worst 1-12 at home. They have lost 15 of their last 17.

Fulmer (2-1) left after 109 pitches, walked three and struck out three. In his past two starts, he has allowed seven hits and two runs over 13 innings.

Matt Davidson, who has seven home runs against the Royals this season, hit a double and two singles.

Palka, Tim Anderson and Leury Garcia, the White Sox 7-8-9 hitters, went a combined 8 for 13 and scored five runs. Yolmer Sanchez also drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning.

McEwing managed in place of Rick Renteria, who attended his mother's funeral.

Trevor Oaks (0-1), who was the Royals' 26th man, gave up five runs on 12 hits over five innings in his major league debut.

''Obviously, a lot of excitement and adrenaline, but it didn't exactly go the way I wanted it to,'' Oaks said. ''I got out of a couple of jams. I'm going to learn a lot from this. I think it's a good first start. I'm going to move forward and do the best I can to get back up here for sure.''

''Making it to the big leagues, a lot of people kind of take that and they just give up after that, like they've accomplished that they've arrived. I think this is just a first step for me and hopefully a long career,'' he said.

The Royals loaded the bases in the first inning on walks to Salvador Perez and Jorge Soler sandwiched around Lucas Duda's single, but Jon Jay flied out to the right field warning track to end the threat.

''Jay hit the ball really good,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''I was hoping he would get enough of it to give us a nice little lead to work off of, but not quite enough.''

Soler has walked in eight straight games, matching the longest streak this season in the majors.

Fulmer retired 18 of the final 22 hitters he faced.

''Jay barreled it up about as good as he could and put a really good swing on it,'' Fulmer said. ''Luckily the wind was blowing in quite a bit to keep it down. I haven't really had to face too many guys with two outs, bases loaded.''

ROSTER MOVES

The Royals recalled RHP Scott Barlow from Triple-A Omaha and optioned Stout, who threw 23 pitches in the first game, to the Storm Chasers between games. . The White Sox recalled RHP Dylan Covey from Triple-A Charlotte to start the second game. They optioned RHP Gregory Infante to Charlotte. . Reliever Juan Minaya was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to serve as the White Sox 26th man for the split doubleheader.

BUCHHOLZ UPDATE

Royals RHP Clay Buchholz allowed one earned run on four hits over five innings in a no-decision in a start for Triple-A Omaha at Colorado Springs. The 33-year-old, who was two-time American League All-Star selection with Boston, is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in three minor league starts. He signed a minor league contract in late March with the Royals with an out clause if not added to the big league roster by Tuesday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: LF Nicky Delmonico returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a stiff neck.

UP NEXT

The Royals will start RHP Ian Kennedy in the series finale. Kennedy left his previous start after three innings with a bruised toe from a line drive. The White Sox have not yet announced their starter.

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CHW8-17
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KC6-20
000000000060
  • W: C. Fulmer (2-1)L: T. Oaks (0-1)
  • HR: CHW - D. Palka (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Moncada 2B51210012.271.364.552.9163.5
Y. Sanchez 3B50230001.287.333.425.7596.0
J. Abreu 1B30000202.272.343.500.8432.0
N. Delmonico LF41000123.231.342.292.6341.0
M. Davidson DH51300010.259.368.6421.0104.5
W. Castillo C40000035.234.300.422.722-1.5
a- O. Narvaez PH-C10000010.133.257.200.457-0.5
D. Palka RF53431000.308.308.615.92314.0
T. Anderson SS41200001.280.330.430.7603.0
L. Garcia CF41210000.240.309.300.6094.0
  • a-struck out for Castillo in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B40000012.250.318.385.703-0.5
M. Moustakas 3B40000000.299.324.598.9220.0
S. Perez DH30100100.238.273.429.7013.0
L. Duda 1B40100021.221.280.337.6170.0
J. Soler RF30100100.294.430.456.8862.0
J. Jay CF40100014.245.330.287.6170.5
A. Escobar SS30000102.195.268.310.5781.0
A. Gordon LF40200001.238.289.286.5752.0
D. Butera C30000014.170.259.213.472-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Sanchez (5), M. Davidson (4), D. Palka
    • HR - D. Palka
    • RBI - Y. Moncada (13), Y. Sanchez 3 (14), D. Palka 3 (4), L. Garcia (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Garcia (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Perez
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Fulmer (W, 2-1)7.04003304.321.4825.5
    C. Beck2.02000203.601.605.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Fulmer (W, 2-1)7.0
    C. Beck2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Oaks (L, 0-1)5.012551409.002.60-6.0
    E. Stout1.122211013.503.00-1.5
    B. Smith2.21111313.381.354.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Oaks (L, 0-1)5.0
    E. Stout1.1
    B. Smith2.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Fulmer 109-61, C. Beck 31-22
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Fulmer 4-13, C. Beck 2-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Fulmer 27, C. Beck 8
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Oaks 87-60, E. Stout 23-13, B. Smith 38-27
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Oaks 5-4, E. Stout 3-0, B. Smith 1-4
    • Batters Faced - T. Oaks 26, E. Stout 7, B. Smith 10
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    CHW8-17
    0104003008150
    KC6-20
    000000000060
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B51210012.271.364.552.9163.5
    Y. Sanchez 3B50230001.287.333.425.7596.0
    J. Abreu 1B30000202.272.343.500.8432.0
    N. Delmonico LF41000123.231.342.292.6341.0
    M. Davidson DH51300010.259.368.6421.0104.5
    W. Castillo C40000035.234.300.422.722-1.5
    a- O. Narvaez PH-C10000010.133.257.200.457-0.5
    D. Palka RF53431000.308.308.615.92314.0
    T. Anderson SS41200001.280.330.430.7603.0
    L. Garcia CF41210000.240.309.300.6094.0
    Total40815813814-----
    • a-struck out for Castillo in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B40000012.250.318.385.703-0.5
    M. Moustakas 3B40000000.299.324.598.9220.0
    S. Perez DH30100100.238.273.429.7013.0
    L. Duda 1B40100021.221.280.337.6170.0
    J. Soler RF30100100.294.430.456.8862.0
    J. Jay CF40100014.245.330.287.6170.5
    A. Escobar SS30000102.195.268.310.5781.0
    A. Gordon LF40200001.238.289.286.5752.0
    D. Butera C30000014.170.259.213.472-0.5
    Total3206003514-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Sanchez (5), M. Davidson (4), D. Palka
      • HR - D. Palka
      • RBI - Y. Moncada (13), Y. Sanchez 3 (14), D. Palka 3 (4), L. Garcia (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Garcia (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Fulmer (W, 2-1)7.04003304.321.4825.5
      C. Beck2.02000203.601.605.0
      Total9.0600350---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Fulmer (W, 2-1)7.0
      C. Beck2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Oaks (L, 0-1)5.012551409.002.60-6.0
      E. Stout1.122211013.503.00-1.5
      B. Smith2.21111313.381.354.5
      Total9.01588381---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Oaks (L, 0-1)5.0
      E. Stout1.1
      B. Smith2.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Fulmer 109-61, C. Beck 31-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Fulmer 4-13, C. Beck 2-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Fulmer 27, C. Beck 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Oaks 87-60, E. Stout 23-13, B. Smith 38-27
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Oaks 5-4, E. Stout 3-0, B. Smith 1-4
      • Batters Faced - T. Oaks 26, E. Stout 7, B. Smith 10
      • 7TH INNING
        Palka homered to right center, Delmonico and Davidson scored80
      • 4TH INNING
        Sanchez doubled to left center, Anderson, Garcia and Moncada scored, Sanchez out at third50
        Moncada reached on an infield single to shortstop, Palka scored, Anderson to third, Garcia to second20
      • 2ND INNING
        Garcia singled to deep left, Palka scored, Anderson to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Smith Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
        • Omar Narvaez hit for Welington Castillo
        • O. Narvaez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Palka fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Beck Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Soler flied out to center
        • J. Jay: Ball, Jay singled to center
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to pitcher, Jay to second
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Smith Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Moncada lined out to right
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez flied out to deep center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Abreu walked
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Beck relieved Carson Fulmer
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas popped out to third
        • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez doubled to deep center
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • E. Stout Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Delmonico walked
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Davidson doubled to deep right, Delmonico to third
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
        • Burch Smith relieved Eric Stout
        • D. Palka: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Palka homered to right center, Delmonico and Davidson scored
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson flied out to right
        • L. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Fulmer Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler singled to shallow right
        • J. Jay: Foul, Jay fouled out to left
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar flied out to center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon singled to right center, Soler to third
        • D. Butera: Ball, Gordon to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Butera flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Eric Stout relieved Trevor Oaks
        • L. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to second
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada singled to center
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sanchez reached on fielder's choice to third, Moncada out at second
        • J. Abreu: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Abreu grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Fulmer Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas flied out to left
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Perez lined out to left
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duda flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Oaks Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Davidson singled to left center
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo grounded into double play third to second to first, Davidson out at second
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Palka doubled to deep left
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Anderson flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Fulmer Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon singled to center, Escobar to second
        • D. Butera: Ball, Butera popped out to first
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gordon out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Oaks Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Palka singled to left
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson singled to center, Palka to second
        • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia reached on bunt single to pitcher, Palka to third, Anderson to second
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Moncada reached on an infield single to shortstop, Palka scored, Anderson to third, Garcia to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Sanchez doubled to left center, Anderson, Garcia and Moncada scored, Sanchez out at third
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu grounded out to second
        • N. Delmonico: Delmonico grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Fulmer Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Duda struck out on foul tip
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler popped out to second
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Jay struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Oaks Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Sanchez singled to right
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu lined out to left
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Delmonico flied out to center
        • M. Davidson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davidson singled to shallow center, Sanchez to third
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Fulmer Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Merrifield fouled out to right
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas flied out to deep center
        • S. Perez: Perez flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Oaks Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Davidson grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
        • D. Palka: Ball, Palka singled to left
        • T. Anderson: Anderson singled to center, Palka to third
        • L. Garcia: Pickoff attempt to first, Garcia singled to deep left, Palka scored, Anderson to second
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Fulmer Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Butera struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Oaks Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Moncada grounded out to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez lined out to center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Abreu walked
        • N. Delmonico: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Fulmer Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield flied out to center
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Duda singled to left, Perez to second
        • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler walked, Perez to third, Duda to second
        • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Jay flied out to deep right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)