Kansas City Royals pitcher James Shields (33) Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals Waste Great Start By James Shields In Loss To Chicago White Sox


The Kansas city Royals (2-3) were in a prime position to sweep the Chicago White Sox (3-3) on Sunday. James Shields did his part but the Royals could not figure out how to get to Chicago’s ace, Chris Sale. The Royals lost 5-1 after the bullpen fell apart in the 9th.

On the Mound

Shields was terrific, going 7 innings, not allowing a run until the 7th, and then just one run. He gave up just 5 hits, struck out 6, and didn’t walk a batter. It was a shame the Royals couldn’t support Shields in this one.

Instead, Tim Collins and Francisley Bueno got shelled in the 9th, surrendering 4 runs, and giving the Royals little chance to recover in the bottom of the 9th. The two combined to give up 3 hits, 2 walks and 4 runs.

At the Plate

Lorenzo Cain banged out 2 hits, and Alex Gordon drove in the lone run in the 9th, but there was little offense in this one for Kansas City.

Small notes of interest, both Alcides Escobar and Danny Valencia recorded their first base hits on the season.

This and That

According to Joel Goldberg of Fox Sports Kansas City, James Shields has pitched 10 games for the Royals in which he has thrown 7 plus innings, and allowed 1 run or less. In those outings, Kansas City is 8-2. The two losses have come against the White Sox and Chris Sale.

The Kansas City Royals are the only team in Major League Baseball without a home run. The only one.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Cain’s two hits were nice but Shields’ performance was the only standout one of the day, despite the loss. Again, he pitched like an ace, but didn’t received any support from the anemic offense.

The White Sox

Chris Sale threw 8 scoreless innings, giving up 4 hits, striking out 6, and walking just one.

Alex Ramirez went 2-4 with 2 RBI on the day. He is hitting .455 through 6 games. Tyler Flowers had a hit and 2 RBI, and is hitting .500 thus far.

Up Next

The Tampa Bay Rays come to town for a 3-game series. Jason Vargas (0-0, 1.29 ERA) will take the mound for the Royals for the second time this season. Matt Moore (0-1, 3.18 ERA) will go for the Rays. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 Central.

 

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Adam Eaton CF 5 0 1 0 0 1 .269 .679
Marcus Semien 2B 5 0 1 0 0 1 .143 .486
Jose Abreu 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 .261 .814
Adam Dunn DH 4 0 1 0 0 2 .200 .820
   Leury Garcia PR-DH 0 1 0 0 0 0 .375 .750
Dayan Viciedo LF 3 0 0 0 1 1 .333 .899
   Alejandro De Aza PR-LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 .211 .895
Conor Gillaspie 3B 4 1 2 0 0 0 .429 1.113
Avisail Garcia RF 2 1 0 0 1 0 .150 .377
Alexei Ramirez SS 4 1 2 2 0 0 .455 1.065
Tyler Flowers C 4 0 1 2 0 2 .500 1.056
Chris Sale P
   Matt Lindstrom P
Team Totals 34 5 8 4 2 7 .235 .639

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2B: C Gillaspie 2 (3, 2 off J Shields); A Ramirez (2, off F Bueno).
HBP: J Abreu (3, by J Shields); A Garcia (1, by J Shields).
TB: C Gillaspie 4; A Ramirez 3; A Dunn; T Flowers; A Eaton; M Semien.
RBI: A Ramirez 2 (4); T Flowers 2 (2).
2-out RBI: A Ramirez.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 3 for 8.
Fielding
DP: 2. C Gillaspie-M Semien-J Abreu; A Ramirez-M Semien-J Abreu.
E: C Gillaspie (1); A Ramirez (1).
Baserunning
SB: L Garcia (2, 3rd base off T Collins/S Perez).
CS: A Eaton (1, 2nd base by J Shields/S Perez).
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Omar Infante 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .697
Danny Valencia 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 .250 .500
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 1 0 0 0 0 .278 .770
Billy Butler DH 4 0 1 0 0 2 .250 .631
   Jarrod Dyson PR 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Gordon LF 4 0 1 1 0 2 .263 .654
Salvador Perez C 3 0 0 0 1 0 .438 1.238
Justin Maxwell RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000
Lorenzo Cain CF 3 0 2 0 0 1 .333 .667
Alcides Escobar SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 .059 .170
Team Totals 32 1 7 1 1 6 .219 .461

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TB: L Cain 2; A Gordon; B Butler; D Valencia; O Infante; A Escobar.
GIDP: O Infante (1); S Perez (1).
RBI: A Gordon (5).
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 1 for 3.
Fielding
E: S Perez (1).
Baserunning
CS: E Hosmer (1, 2nd base by C Sale/T Flowers).
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
Chris Sale, W (2-0) 8 4 0 0 1 6 0 1.76 28 111 75
Matt Lindstrom 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 9.00 5 20 13
Team Totals 9 7 1 1 1 6 0 1.00 33 131 88
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
James Shields, L (0-1) 7 5 1 1 0 6 0 2.70 27 102 65
Kelvin Herrera 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 3 18 13
Tim Collins 0.1 1 3 3 2 0 0 36.00 4 15 5
Francisley Bueno 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 0 9.00 4 11 7
Team Totals 9 8 5 5 2 7 0 5.00 38 146 90
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Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: J Shields 2 (2; A Garcia, J Abreu).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.
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