The return of the right-handed closer Craig Kimbrel at Wrigley Field was not positive … at least not at the time for his team of the Chicago White Sox. Kimbrel entered the bottom of the eighth inning of the White Sox’s 8-6 victory Friday afternoon in 10 innings with a three-run lead and gave it up with a three-run homer from the veteran. Andrew Romine of the Chicago Cubs.
Kimbrel’s four hits allowed in the inning marked only the second time in his career. Kimbrel was traded to the Sox last Friday in exchange for second baseman Nick Madrigal and right-hander and sprinter Codi Heuer, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Cubs. Here is the video of Romine’s HR:
Right-hander Kyle Hendricks entered Friday’s start with an 11-0 record with a 2.78 ERA in his last 15 trips to the mound. The White Sox scored their runs in the fourth on an Andrew Vaughn single to center field and a two-out, two-strike single by Seby Zavala to right field. Hendricks had a streak in the positive direction.
Hernandez hit when he got a chance to hit in the eighth, hitting left-hander Kyle Ryan’s first pitch for a two-run homer to left center field.
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The explosion came with two outs, after Zavala’s nine-pitch at-bat against the hulking Trevor Megill ended with a groundout over a knockdown by first baseman Frank Schwindel for a hit. It was Hernandez’s 19th home run this season and his 12th hit from the right side of the plate.