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RECAP: Late Rally Not Enough for Sox vs. Royals

The White Sox bullpen struggled for the first time in a long time against the Royals on Saturday as they dropped game two of a three-game set at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Photo: The Oklahoman

The Chicago White Sox fell to the Kansas City Royals despite a late rally after some uncharacteristic bullpen struggles.

Brady Singer and Dylan Cease toed the rubber for their respective teams. Cease, despite allowing just one run, walked six during his outing.

The Royals opened the scoring in their half of the second when Alex Gordon hit a solo home run to make it 1–0 visitors. This was the eighth long ball given up by Cease in 2020.

The White Sox used small ball to tie the game in the third. Luis Robert singled to right. Singer tried to pick him off, but an errant throw allowed Robert to reach second. Nomar Mazara pushed him to third by grounding out to second. Not long after, Nick Madrigal singled Robert home on a slow roller passed a drawn in infield, 1–1.

Back to the home run ball in the Sox fourth. After Eloy Jimenez walked to lead off the frame, Edwin Encarnacion homered to left-center to give his team a 3–1 advantage.

Kansas City got a run back in the sixth. Ryan O’Hearn put one over the wall off of Jimmy Cordero to make it 3–2 White Sox.

In the top of the seventh with Zack Burdi on the mound for the Sox, Ryan McBroom tied the game with a pinch-hit solo home run, tying the game. Later, Hunter Dozier singled and Jorge Soler walked. O’Hearn singled to right to plate Dozier and get Soler to third with two outs, giving the Royals a 4–3 lead. Soon after, Maikel Franco slugged the second homer of the inning, a three-run jack that made it 7–3 Kansas City.

Kansas City added more runs in their half of the eighth with Ross Detwiler in the game for the Sox. Cam Gallagher doubled with one out and was driven in by a Dozier double. Soler piggybacked that with a double of his own to make it 9–3.

Ian Kennedy came into the game to face the Sox in the ninth and it got interesting. A Robert singled to start it off, and Nick Madrigal singled as well to put two on with one out. Tim Anderson doubled home a run to make it 9–4.

Yoan Moncada hit a squibber that was thrown away by Kennedy at first. Both Madrigal and Anderson scored to make it 9–6. Moncada advanced to second. On the play, Kennedy was injured and was replaced by Jesse Hahn. Ryan Goins came into the game to pinch-run at second. Hahn struck out Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu to end the game.

With the series now even at a game a piece, this was just the third time the White Sox gave up nine or more runs this season. The first two were both against the Minnesota Twins. The rubber match is tomorrow with a scheduled first pitch of 1:10 P.M. CDT. Be sure to check out Sox On Tap’s podcast for reactions and analysis wherever you find your favorite shows!

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