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
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|Chris Sale, W (2-0)||8||4||0||0||1||6||0||1.76||28||111||75|
|James Shields, L (0-1)||7||5||1||1||0||6||0||2.70||27||102||65|