The Royals for Three at the Cell
The White Sox welcome the Kansas City Royals for a three game series before hitting the road. Chris Sale, Scott Carroll and Jose Quintana all have the mound office keys for the series. I have no doubt that Sale will hold his own, Carroll is finding his feet again and could use a solid outing to regain some confidence, Quintana is more than overdue for a good solid outing teamed with a solid win.
*Game One Chicago – 3 and the Royals – 1
Chris Sale against Jeremy Guthrie
Sale would have another massive outing going 7 innings allowing only 1 run with eight strike outs. Ronald Belisario and Jake Petricka would receive the mound keys from Sale to protect the lead and close the game. Guthrie would need help from Aaron Crow,former Sox Scott Downs and Jason Frasor in the K.C bullpen.
The bottom of the first would see the Sox get on the board when, Adam Eaton would start the offense with a single to left. Alexei Ramirez was hit by a pitch moving Eaton to second. Jose Abreu would load the bases thanks to an error by Danny Valencia of the Royals. Adam Dunn’s RBI single would get speedsters Eaton and Ramirez home for a 2 – 0 Sox lead.
Sale kept things quiet til the top of the fourth inning when, Alex Gordon would tap a single to left, taking second by a safe steal. Valencia single to center brought Gordon home to cut the Sox lead to 2 – 1.
The final run that the Sox needed to secure the win would come in the home half of the sixth inning with Dunn starting things off with a walk, Conor Gillaspie’s single to right would get Dunn to second, Alejandro De Aza walked to first to load the bases. Gordon Beckham’s sacrifice fly to right brought Dunn home for a 3 – 1 lead.
Sale would be relieved by Belisario in the eighth and Petricka would get the keys to lock up the mound office. 3 to 1 would be the final score of the night. With Detroit winning the Sox would hold at nine games out.
*Game Two – Chicago – 1 and the Royals – 7
Scott Carroll against Bruce Chen
It was an outing that Carroll needed to find confidence in what arsenal but the Royals would have other ideas. Carroll would need help from Guerra, Thompson, Surkamp and Webb to get through the game. Herrera, Davis and Holland would get the mound keys from Chen to get the win.
K.C would strike first with a Moustakas home run to right at the top of the second inning. Adam Dunn would add the Sox only run of the day at the bottom of the fourth with a home run of his own, tying the score at 1 all.
The top of sixth inning would be Carroll’s undoing when Billy Butler opened with a double, Raul Ibanez doubled to right, Butler scored giving K.C the lead and they never looked back. Norichika Aoki walked scoring Inbanez on a passed ball, taking the score to 3 – 1. Guerra had no time to get settled when an error cost the Sox another run when, by Alcides Esocabar crossed home plate due to error by Guerra. Omar Infante sacrifice fly to right, would get Aoki home to give the Royals a 5 – 1 lead at the close of the inning.
The Sox would be shut down for the rest of the game on offense but K.C would add two more runs at the top of the eighth when Moustakas would smack his second homer with Gordon already on the pond thanks to a walk from Surkamp.
The only saving grace for the day was the the Tigers were beaten by the Diamondback so the Sox would hold at 9 games behind. Once again the lack of experience in the bull pen would be the Sox down fall. It could be August before Chicago regain Matt Lindstrom and Nate Jones from the Disabled List.
*Game Three Chicago 1 and the Royals – 2
Jose Quintana against James Shields
Quintana looking for a much-needed solid outing would have good stuff today but the offense would not give the needed support for a well-earned win. Belisario, Surkamp and closer Putnam would be called on to help shut down the Royals.
The top of the first would see, Lorenzo Cain take Quintana to deep center for a double, Hosmer’s sacrifice fly would bring Cain home for a 1 – 0 lead. The Sox would tie the score in the home half of the first with Jose Abreu already on second thanks to a double of his own would get home thanks to an Adam Dunn single. Tied at 1 all at the close of the first inning.
Things would quiet down and become a pitching due between both teams making changes in their respective mound offices when, with Putnam on to hold things and close, at the top of the ninth with Moustakas on second, would go on to score the only other run of the game with a single by Aoki who was safe at second on a Flowers throwing error. The Sox would make a run at the bottom of the inning to try to win the game but were shut down by Holland on the mound for K.C
Pushed back to 10 games out the Sox head out on the road with their first stop at Target Field for a four game series with the Twins, then its back home for a day off before the league leading Tigers come to The Cell for a three game series.