Note to Manager Ned Yost – When your staff ace, who you paid through the nose for, is pitching a 2-hit shutout, and has only thrown 102 pitches through 8, let him try to finish it out. The Kansas City Royals (17-11) lost 2-1 to the Chicago White Sox (13-17) in 11 innings Monday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
On the Mound
James Shields was brilliant on Monday, competing with heart and enthusiasm for 8 innings. Yost pulled him going into the 9th despite the fact Shields had only yielded 2 hits and 2 walks on the day and had 9 strikeouts. Shields was at the 102 mark on pitch count, only four more than Jeremy Guthrie had when Ned let him pitch the 9th on Saturday in a very similar situation. Greg Holland entered the game and promptly allowed 5 based runners which turned into the tying run. Kelvin Herrera again struggled with the long ball, allowing Jordan Danks to win it with a home run in the 11th. Sometimes, Yost seems to change pitchers just for the sake of changing pitchers. The day before, he pulled Luke Hochevar after 2 perfect innings despite the fact he had only thrown 16 pitches.
At the Plate
The inconsistent offense that thrilled us on Sunday broke our hearts on Monday. The Royals hitters could only scratch out 7 hits in the 11 innings, and only 2 of those came after the 2nd inning. Alicides Escobar, Mike Moustakas, Jeff Francoeur, and Chris Getz went a combined 0-17 on the day. Only Alex Gordon had 2 hits.
This and That
Shields had a no-hitter in the 6th. Dewayne Wise broke it up with a soft liner to right.
The loss prevented the Royals from taking over first place in the AL Central.
The White Sox had lost 8 out their last nine games at the “K”.
The defense had its bad moments as well. Jeff Francoeur dropped an easy pop up in the 5th and then didn’t come up Wise’s liner in the 6th that broke up the no-hitter. Chris Getz fumbled a hard hit ball behind second in the 9th inning that may have turned into a game ending double play if fielded cleanly. In all fairness to Frenchy and Getz, neither of these were easy plays, and were correctly not scored as errors, but both plays should have been made.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
No one else stands out here. It was all about James Shields. His team let him down and he deserved better. He pitched like the ace he is.
- James Shields – 3
- Alex Gordon – 4
- Wade Davis – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 2
- Luis Mendoza
- Billy Butler – 2
- Ervin Santana – 3
- Miguel Tejada
- Jeremy Guthrie -3
- Eric Hosmer
- Chris Getz
- Mike Moustakas - 2
- Aaron Crow
The White Sox
It was Danks’ first home run of the season and the second of his career. Chris Sale pitched nearly as well as Shields. He went 7.1 innings, allowing only the one run in the first. He gave up just 6 hits and no walks, while striking out 5. Paul Konerko continues to show his age (37). he is only hitting .225 on the season after an 0-5 Monday.
AL Central Notes
Detroit Tigers (19-11): Stretched their division lead to a full game lead just by being idle.