The Chicago White Sox’s abysmal recent stretch continued on Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals. After dropping all six games on their road trip, the South Siders appeared lifeless once again in a 6-0 loss back last home.
The Royals rode into town on a four-game losing streak but got back on track thanks to the White Sox’s poor defense and pitching that issued ELEVEN walks. Meanwhile, Sox batters managed just five hits. They’ve dropped eight straight games, seven of which have come vs the AL Central. Their record sits at 6-10 on the year.
Where To Even Begin
Much-maligned White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel took the mound in this game. He had a short four-inning start and did not receive much help by way of offense or defense. Both runs that reached home vs. Keuchel were unearned. He gave up two hits and issued five walks with two punch-outs. Most of the contact Kansas City hitters generated off Keuchel was light and on the ground. However, the White Sox defense found a way to make things difficult. They committed two more errors, adding to their league-leading total.
Royals’ starter Daniel Lynch pitched a stellar six innings, finishing with seven strikeouts and two free passes while surrendering no runs on two hits. It was a surprising line considering the White Sox’s right-handed dominant lineup feasts on left-handed pitching. Credit where credit is due, Lynch had great command of his stuff all evening and worked quickly to earn the win.
Sox Get Pushed Around
Things came unglued in the fourth after getting through the first three innings with no damage. Salvador Perez reached base on an error when Jose Abreu could not come up with a low throw from Tim Anderson. The Sox shortstop also botched a ground ball in the eighth inning for his seventh error in his last six games.
Bobby Witt Jr. reached first on a dribbler down the third-base line that Jake Burger could not field cleanly, allowing Perez to score. Carlos Santana crossed the plate on a groundout by Aldaberto Mondesi on the next at-bat.
The White Sox’s only scoring threat was in the fourth inning when Yasmani Grandal led off with a double. Jake Burger flew out to the warning track on a ball that would’ve been a home run in any other stadium.
The South Siders were in the ballgame until the sixth. That’s when the Royals sent 10 hitters to the plate and scored four times to put the Sox away. Witt Jr. doubled and scored on a sac fly. Andrew Benintendi drove in a run on a rare 7-5 fielder’s choice. Santana singled after Kyle Crick walked Perez. It was 6-0 after the grueling inning, which was more than the Royals needed to snap their four-game skid.
This is Not Dank
This is rare territory for the Chicago White Sox, who haven’t lost eight straight games since the 100-loss 2018 season. The Sox are now in a last-place tie with the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. They’re 2.5 games out of first place, which no one could’ve predicted when they were 6-2 and leading by two games.
Eloy Jimenez had successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn hamstring tendon. He’s still expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Luis Robert could return as soon as Wednesday, and Yoan Moncada could start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte this weekend.
Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi left in the sixth with left knee discomfort.
What’s On Tap Next?
Nevertheless, baseball is an unrelenting game and we move on. Right-handers Zack Greinke (0-1, 2.25 ERA) and Dylan Cease (2-1, 3.38 ERA) take the mound for their respective clubs in Game 2. Greinke, a familiar foe to Chicago White Sox fans, is 4-0 with a 3.28 ERA in his last six starts against Chicago. Wednesday’s game will begin at 1:10 PM CT and NBC Sports Chicago will carry the TV broadcast.
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