Sparkman shuts down White Sox in Royals' 11-0 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Glen Sparkman overcame some early struggles and settled down for his first career complete game and shutout.

Sparkman pitched a five-hitter, Whit Merrifield and Hunter Dozier both had three hits including a home run, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White sox 11-0 Tuesday night.

''My fastball command was shaky early on,'' Sparkman said. ''Couldn't really locate it as much, and the curveball as well.''

He wasn't about to leave the game before trying to finish it. Manager Ned Yost approached him after the eighth.

''He asked `How are you feeling?' I said `I feel great,''' Sparkman said. ''So, in the ninth he just said `Keep going.' I was all adrenaline, and excited, so I kept going.''

Sparkman (3-5) finished with a career-high eight strikeouts and one walk in the Royals' first complete-game shutout since June 2, 2017, when Jason Vargas beat Cleveland 4-0.

Kansas City improved to 4-1 since the All-Star break and dropped the White Sox to 0-5.

''We're playing hard,'' Chicago's Charlie Tilson said. ''Obviously, you've got to do a little better. It's part of the game. I think the biggest thing is how you bounce back from it and continue to push and get back to where we need to be.''

Merrifield, hitting .379 (22 for 58) in a 14-game hitting streak, raced to an inside-the-park homer down the right-field line in the fourth inning after Cam Gallagher doubled. Plate umpire Tom Hallion initially called Merrifield out on the play at home, but it was overturned after a quick replay review. That made the score 6-0 and gave Merrifield the 100th inside-the-park homer in Royals history.

''It was kind of a line drive down the line. I had a feeling it was going to stay fair and it did,'' Merrifield said. ''I saw him dive and miss it and I know that corner. If it's in that corner, it can keep rolling and I knew I had a chance.''

Dozier hit a two-run, 447-foot homer to left field in the eighth inning to cap a four-run inning and finish the scoring.

Chicago starter Dylan Cease (1-1) gave up six runs - four earned - and eight hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

The White Sox had a rocky first inning as the Royals scored twice. Merrifield led off with long fly that was caught by center fielder Tilson as he collided with left fielder Eloy Jimenez, who went down in pain next to the wall. Jimenez was taken out with a sore right elbow.

Adalberto Mondesi followed with a single, and took second on Cease's errant pickoff attempt. Mondesi then stole third and continued home when Yoan Moncada missed catcher James McCann's throw. Alex Gordon followed with a single and scored on Hunter Dozier's triple to right for a 2-0 lead.

A third White Sox error contributed to the Royals' two-run third inning. After Mondesi singled, shortstop Leury Garcia fielded Gordon's grounder, but threw wildly past second base, allowing Mondesi to score and Gordon to advance to third. Gordon was thrown out at the plate by second baseman Yolmer Sanchez but Bubba Starling's single drove in Jorge Soler to push the lead to 4-0.

ROYALS CATCHING PLANS

Manager Ned Yost says plans to use both Gallagher and Meibrys Viloria in relatively equal parts after the trade that sent Martin Maldonado to the Cubs for pitcher Mike Montgomery. Gallagher, who started 25 games as Maldonado's backup, was in the lineup against the White Sox on Tuesday night while Viloria just arrived from Class AA Northwest Arkansas.

''We'll just kind of mix it up,'' Yost said. ''But I think on average, one will play four games one week and the other will play four games a week the next.''

Last year Viloria jumped from Class-A Wilmington to the majors on Sept. 1 and played 10 games, including seven starts as catcher.

''To be able to handle himself the way he did at the big league level behind the plate was pretty impressive,'' Yost said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: C Wellington Castillo (strained left oblique) returned from a five-game minor league rehab, replacing Zack Collins on the roster. ''Swinging was the hardest thing to do, because I can catch, I can do all the other things. Hitting was the toughest to do,'' Castillo said. ... There's no timetable for the return of shortstop Tim Anderson, out for three weeks with a right ankle sprain, according to manager Rick Renteria. ''His strength is improving. He's swinging, he's taking BP on the field. He's actually taking some ground balls, still in a controlled environment. He's getting better every day,'' Renteria said.

Royals: Mondesi left with an injury after a futile dive for a foul popup in the fifth inning. He left with a trainer cradling his left arm. He was to undergo an MRI.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Ivan Nova (4-8, 5.60 ERA) will make his 20th start of the season.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (3-5, 4.64 ERA) will make his first start since last Friday night when he left in the third inning after being bruised on the pitching hand by a line drive.

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  • W: G. Sparkman (3-5)L: D. Cease (1-1)
  • HR: KC - W. Merrifield (12), H. Dozier (14)
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Y. Moncada 3B30000110.302.361.525.8860.5
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A. Reed DH30200010.231.286.231.5161.5
Y. Sanchez 2B30000014.243.309.305.614-0.5
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    W. Merrifield RF-2B52321001.311.362.507.86911.0
    A. Mondesi SS32200000.268.296.435.7316.0
    B. Hamilton CF10010001.216.281.269.5511.0
    A. Gordon LF53210001.276.354.442.7966.0
    H. Dozier 3B51331021.287.368.545.91311.0
    J. Soler DH41000022.243.316.511.8281.0
    C. Cuthbert 1B40210011.296.320.444.7632.5
    B. Starling CF-RF40110023.214.267.214.4811.0
    N. Lopez 2B-SS40000010.236.277.313.590-0.5
    C. Gallagher C22100210.215.295.290.5865.5
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      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Cordell, Y. Sanchez 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (27), C. Gallagher (4)
      • 3B - H. Dozier (5)
      • HR - W. Merrifield (12), H. Dozier (14)
      • SF - B. Hamilton (2)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (47), B. Hamilton (10), A. Gordon (58), H. Dozier 3 (50), C. Cuthbert (22), B. Starling (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (19), H. Dozier 2 (21), C. Cuthbert (13), B. Starling
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, C. Cuthbert, B. Starling 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi (31)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Jay
      • E - D. Cease, L. Garcia (7), Y. Moncada (10)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Lopez-Cuthbert)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Cease (L, 1-1)6.08641715.731.553.5
      D. Covey1.03110106.001.62-0.5
      J. Osich1.03441115.881.22-4.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Cease (L, 1-1)6.0
      D. Covey1.0
      J. Osich1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Sparkman (W, 3-5)9.05001804.541.3435.0
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Sparkman (W, 3-5)9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Covey
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Cease 108-67, D. Covey 21-17, J. Osich 30-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Cease 8-3, D. Covey 1-1, J. Osich 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Cease 27, D. Covey 7, J. Osich 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 116-76
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 11-7
      • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 32
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      L. Garcia SS40000010.287.326.384.709-0.5
      Y. Moncada 3B30000110.302.361.525.8860.5
      J. Abreu 1B40100011.270.307.500.8070.5
      J. McCann C40000011.305.360.492.851-0.5
      J. Jay RF-LF40100001.345.383.436.8201.0
      E. Jimenez LF0000-000.244.307.483.000-
      R. Cordell RF30100012.238.289.369.6580.5
      A. Reed DH30200010.231.286.231.5161.5
      Y. Sanchez 2B30000014.243.309.305.614-0.5
      C. Tilson CF30000010.229.293.285.578-0.5
      D. Cease P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield RF-2B52321001.311.362.507.86911.0
        A. Mondesi SS32200000.268.296.435.7316.0
        B. Hamilton CF10010001.216.281.269.5511.0
        A. Gordon LF53210001.276.354.442.7966.0
        H. Dozier 3B51331021.287.368.545.91311.0
        J. Soler DH41000022.243.316.511.8281.0
        C. Cuthbert 1B40210011.296.320.444.7632.5
        B. Starling CF-RF40110023.214.267.214.4811.0
        N. Lopez 2B-SS40000010.236.277.313.590-0.5
        C. Gallagher C22100210.215.295.290.5865.5
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        Total371114922910-----
          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Cordell, Y. Sanchez 4 (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (27), C. Gallagher (4)
          • 3B - H. Dozier (5)
          • HR - W. Merrifield (12), H. Dozier (14)
          • SF - B. Hamilton (2)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (47), B. Hamilton (10), A. Gordon (58), H. Dozier 3 (50), C. Cuthbert (22), B. Starling (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon (19), H. Dozier 2 (21), C. Cuthbert (13), B. Starling
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, C. Cuthbert, B. Starling 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Mondesi (31)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Jay
          • E - D. Cease, L. Garcia (7), Y. Moncada (10)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Lopez-Cuthbert)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Cease (L, 1-1)6.08641715.731.553.5
          D. Covey1.03110106.001.62-0.5
          J. Osich1.03441115.881.22-4.5
          Total8.014119292---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Cease (L, 1-1)6.0
          D. Covey1.0
          J. Osich1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Sparkman (W, 3-5)9.05001804.541.3435.0
          Total9.0500180---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Sparkman (W, 3-5)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Covey
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Cease 108-67, D. Covey 21-17, J. Osich 30-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Cease 8-3, D. Covey 1-1, J. Osich 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Cease 27, D. Covey 7, J. Osich 7
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 116-76
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 11-7
          • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 32
          • 8TH INNING
            Dozier homered to left, Gordon scored011
            Gordon singled to left center, Merrifield scored09
            Hamilton hit sacrifice fly to center, Gallagher scored08
          • 7TH INNING
            Cuthbert singled to right center, Gordon scored, Dozier to third, Soler to second07
          • 4TH INNING
            Merrifield homered to right center, Gallagher scored06
          • 3RD INNING
            Starling singled to left, Soler scored, Cuthbert out at third04
            Gordon reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mondesi scored, Gordon to third on shortstop Garcia throwing error03
          • 1ST INNING
            Dozier tripled to deep center, Gordon scored02
            Mondesi scored on 3rd baseman Moncada fielding error01
          • 9TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • J. McCann: McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Jay grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Tilson struck out looking
            • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia flied out to left
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moncada grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Josh Osich relieved Dylan Covey
            • N. Lopez: Lopez grounded out to second
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallagher walked
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to deep left, Gallagher to third
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Foul, Foul, Hamilton hit sacrifice fly to center, Gallagher scored
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gordon singled to left center, Merrifield scored
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Dozier homered to left, Gordon scored
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. McCann: McCann flied out to deep left
            • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jay grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Cordell: Cordell reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Reed: Strike looking, Ball, Reed singled to shallow center, Cordell to second
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Dylan Covey relieved Dylan Cease
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield reached on an infield single to second
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton popped out to second
            • A. Gordon: Gordon reached on fielder's choice to second, Merrifield out at second
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier singled to right center, Gordon to third
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler hit by pitch, Dozier to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert singled to right center, Gordon scored, Dozier to third, Soler to second
            • B. Starling: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Starling struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Garcia grounded out to first
            • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moncada grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Abreu lined out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • B. Starling: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Starling struck out swinging
            • N. Lopez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lopez lined out to right
            • C. Gallagher: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gallagher struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • A. Reed: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reed struck out swinging
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul
            • Sanchez struck out swinging
            • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Tilson grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu singled to left
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann flied out to right
            • J. Jay: Ball, Jay fouled out to third
            • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cordell struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Lopez struck out looking
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Gallagher doubled to deep center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield homered to right center, Gallagher scored
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Mondesi grounded out to first
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • C. Tilson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tilson grounded out to second
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Moncada: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mondesi singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mondesi scored, Gordon to third on shortstop Garcia throwing error
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gordon out at home
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert singled to center, Soler to second
            • B. Starling: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Starling singled to left, Soler scored, Cuthbert out at third
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • J. Jay: Ball, Jay singled to left
            • R. Cordell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cordell flied out to right
            • A. Reed: Ball, Reed singled to left center, Jay to second
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Sanchez lined out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • B. Starling: Ball, Ball, Starling flied out to right
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lopez grounded out to second
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallagher walked
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada walked
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Abreu grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moncada out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Cease Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield flied out to center
            • Ryan Cordell in right field
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mondesi singled to center
            • A. Gordon: Mondesi to second on Cease throwing error, Ball, Mondesi stole third, Mondesi scored on 3rd baseman Moncada fielding error, Gordon singled to left center
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier tripled to deep center, Gordon scored
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Soler grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 2 Errors)