True to 2022 form, the Chicago White Sox let another winnable game slip away. The South Siders fell 6-4 in Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals thanks to multiple failed scoring opportunities. It was a game rescheduled due to the lockout in April.
White Sox' starter Michael Kopech experienced some knee discomfort during his warmup tosses before the first inning. Nevertheless, he tried to pitch and exited the game after facing just four batters. He hit a batter, surrendered an RBI single to Salvador Perez, and walked the bases full before leaving. Jimmy Lambert entered in relief and allowed three more runs to cross the plate. All four runs were charged to Kopech.
The White Sox grounded into inning-ending double plays in the first and the second innings. They found some offense in the fourth to cut the deficit to one. Singles by Eloy Jimenez, Jose Abreu, Andrew Vaughn, and Elvis Andrews were enough to plate three runs, two of which came on the single by Andrus.
The White Sox added another run in the seventh that tied the game. Walks by Abreu and Moncada set up an RBI double by Andrus. The Sox failed to bring in the go-ahead run with two men in scoring position and less than two outs. Josh Harrison and Seby Zavala struck out to end the inning.
The White Sox had bases loaded with two outs in the fourth but AJ Pollock popped out to end the rally. In the fifth, another bases-loaded, two-out opportunity was squandered when Elvis Andrus struck out swinging. In the sixth, a ground-rule double by Luis Robert prevented Pollock from scoring with two outs. The visitors failed to cash in again when Eloy Jimenez grounded out.
In his MLB debut, Drew Waters drew a bases-loaded walk from Joe Kelly to break an eighth-inning tie. Kelly, the seventh of eight White Sox' pitchers, hit a pair of batters to start the inning. Ryan O'Hearn singled to set up Waters' five-pitch free pass with one out. It was enough to give the Royals a 6-4 win.
Michael Kopech said his injury was a hamstring issue despite being first reported as a knee problem.
Six runs marked the Royals' highest run total since Aug. 10.
The White Sox have dropped four of their last five since winning five straight.
Johnny Cueto earned AL Player of The Week honors for Aug. 15-21.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Chicago White Sox will open a three-game series in Baltimore beginning Tuesday. Dylan Cease will face Orioles' righty Austin Voth. NBC Sports Net Chicago will air the game beginning at 6:05 PM CT and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.