Royals-White Sox: Thome Helps Sox Win Opener

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IApril 8, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 7: Jim Thome #25 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates his three-run home run in the 8th inning against the Kansas City Royals during the Opening Day game on April 7, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Royals 4-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Royals 2
White Sox 4

w: O. Dotel (1-0)
L: K. Farnsworth (0-1)
S: B. Jenks (1)

This was a tale of two stories like most games are.

For the Royals, the story was the starting pitching and then the bullpen. The Royals started Gil Meche for the first game of the season. Meche pitched seven strong innings giving up only one run on seven hits. Meche also struck out seven White Sox batters. The was the good side of the story. The ugly side was the bullpen.

The bullpen only included one man and that was Kyle Farnsworth. After letting Josh Fields and Chris Getz on base, Farnsworth pitched to the always dangerous Jim Thome and Thome won the battle. Thome hit a three-run homer in the eighth to give the White Sox the win.

Overall, Thome was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI.

The two runs for Kansas City came on an Alex Gordon single that scored Jose Guillen and a Gordon homer off of Mark Buehrle in the second inning.

Buehrle pitched five innings and have up two runs on six hits. He struck out two batters and allowed two walks.

Octavio Dotel recorded the win with Bobby Jenks getting his first save of the season.