The Chicago White Sox were back to their losing ways again on Thursday afternoon. This time, they dropped the finale of a three-game series to the Royals in 10 innings. Kansas City took the series with a 5-2 victory.
The White Sox seemed to have a favorable pitching matchup with Michael Kopech on the hill. Kansas City countered with Brad Keller, who is infamous for his dust-up with Tim Anderson.
Kopech performed well all things considered. He did not have the best command of his pitches and the usual late movement on his fastball was absent. The hard-throwing righty also had some trouble locating his slider and curveball in the strike zone. These issues led to four walks and only three strikeouts in his five innings of work. Still, he only allowed two runs on the day and gave the White Sox a chance to win.
KC Draws First Blood
The Royals opened the scoring in the first inning when Andrew Bennintendi doubled in Nicky Lopez. Lopez reached by drawing the dreaded leadoff walk that was just the start of a 31-pitch first frame for Kopech. Bennintendi struck again in the fifth and final inning for Kopech. His sacrifice fly plated Cam Gallagher, who led off with a single.
The White Sox finally got on the board in the sixth inning when Leuy Garcia homered. It was the oft-criticized utility man’s first longball and RBI of the season.
Then, the South Siders tied the game in the eighth thanks to a sacrifice fly to left by AJ Pollock. Solid pitching by Tanner Banks and Jose Ruiz helped the Sox get to extras with the score tied at two.
However, the Chicago White Sox did not see good fortune in the 10th inning.
Aaron Bummer had hit the first batter of the ninth but then retired the next three hitters. This led to Tony La Russa keeping the lefty in the game.
Bummer started to struggle during his second inning, issuing two walks to load the bases. Two punch-outs interlaced with the free passes gave the White Sox a chance to get out of the frame unscathed. But Reese McGuire let up a passed ball that allowed Whit Merrifield to score the go-ahead run, which ultimately became the game-winner.
Kyle Isbel’s single drove in two more Royals runs to chase Bummer from the game. The Sox southpaw was tacked with his first loss of the 2022 season.
White Sox pitching issued eight walks in the game. They allowed 23 walks in the series.
The Sox are now 3-9 vs. AL Central opponents.
Salvador Perez struck out eight times in the series and went 0-13.
Tanner Banks hasn’t allowed a run in 12.1 innings thus far.
The White Sox are dead last in the league in runs scored in the last two innings of a game.
The White Sox expect centerfielder Luis Robert to return to the lineup Friday. (Allegedly)
Lance Lynn could return by the end of May, per Tony La Russa.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox will stay at home for a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Lucas Giolito will oppose Noah Syndergaard with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 PM CT. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago.
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