Win one, lose one has been the story lately for the Chicago White Sox, who can't seem to stay above .500. The loss column grew Wednesday night as the Sox dropped the fourth of a five-game set in Kansas City by a score of 6-2. Lucas Giolito labored in his return from the COVID Related injured list and the White Sox offense remained relatively dormant. Sox hitters have one walk in their last two games.
Rocky Start For Gelato
Lucas Giolito needed 54 pitches to finish the first two innings in his return. He battled fastball command and seemed to be guiding his pitches. The big righty allowed a 436-foot home run to Bobby Witt Jr. due to his lack of "feel," which gave the Royals a 2-1 lead in the third inning.
However, Giolito showed some moxie and battled. The big righty struck out six of the next seven batters after Witt Jr.'s homer and allowed only two singles the rest of the game. All thigs considered, this was not a bad outing for Giolito. He pitched five innings and relinquished two runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
Royals starter Zach Greinke was equally good. He finished with 5.2 innings of work that resulted in two runs, seven hits, and one walk. The veteran right-hander fanned four White Sox hitters, which was a rarity given his pitching style this season.
Reynaldo Lopez pitched the sixth and seventh. Ryan Burr recorded the final three outs.
The Royals Pull Away
The White Sox bullpen could not hold the score at 2-2 after Giolito's exit. With Reynaldo Lopez on the mound for the sixth, Emmanuel Rivera tripled on a line drive to right field that bounced past a diving Adam Engel. That knock plated MJ Melendez and Rivera scored on a sac fly by Kyle Isbel.
Kansas City added two more runs in the eighth inning when Melendez struck again. He blasted a two-run homer off of Ryan Burr that traveled 428 feet to center field. That proved to be the icing on the cake for the Royals, who won by a score of 6-2.
The South Siders got their first run of the game in the second inning. Leury Garcia's two-out single plated Jose Abreu, who had doubled and advanced to third on AJ Pollock's groundout. The only other Sox run came in the fifth inning when Tim Anderson singled home Adam Engel, who had walked and reached third base on Andrew Vaughn's single. Engel's base on balls was the White Sox's lone walk of the game and their only walk in the last two.
Royals pitching blanked the Pale Hose over the final four innings.
Tim Anderson had three of the White Sox's seven hits, drove in a run, and made a spectacular play at shortstop.
The White Sox have not homered in their last three games.
Lance Lynn was transferred to the 60-day injured list in a procedural move. The club can reinstate him on June 6.
What's On Tap Next?
The rubber match of this five-game set takes place Thursday at 1:10 PM CT as Vince Velazquez heads to the mound opposing Royals' righty Carlos Hernandez. It would behoove the White Sox to capture the finale in Kansas City considering they have a weekend date with the MLB-best New York Yankees this weekend.