Chris Sale shuts down Kansas City Royals


The Kansas City Royals remained locked in their post-All-Star game death spiral by losing 3-1 to White Sox starter Chris Sale in Chicago on Monday night. The Royals have now lost their first four games since returning from the All-Star break, and  7 of their last 8.

If the Royals want to play themselves out of contention as rapidly as possible, they have been a smashing success over the last two-weeks.

The loss drops Kansas City to 2 games under .500 at 48-50. The Royals are now 8 games behind Detroit in the American League Central, and 1.5 games behind Cleveland.

On the Mound

The Royals wasted yet another solid performance from a starting pitcher. This time, Jeremy Guthrie went 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 walks, and 3 earned runs with 5 strikeouts. Guthrie took his 9th loss of the season against 5 wins.

Aaron Crow pitched a scoreless 7th inning, despite allowing 1 hit and 2 walks.

Scott Downs and Jason Frasor combined to pitch a clean 8th inning, with Downs retiring the first two hitters and Frasor taking care of the last hitter.

At the Plate

The Royals offense was yet again helpless, this time humbled by Chicago ace Chris Sale. The Royals managed only 8 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run on the day.

Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar had the only extra base hits, with one double apiece.

Alex Gordon was the only Royal with more than 1 hit, going 2-4 with 1 run scored.

Danny Valencia had the team’s only RBI with his single in the 4th inning. Valencia went 1-2 with 1 RBI before getting pulled in favor of Mike Moustakas in the 9th.

This and That

Eric Hosmer missed Monday’s game with a bruised hand. Hosmer was originally scheduled to play, even though he had been struck on the hand by Jon Lester on Sunday, but Hosmer was scratched about an hour before the game. Billy Butler took Hosmer’s place at 1st base, with Salvador Perez coming back from his injury as the DH.

Not only did Gordon stroke two singles, he also added his 7th stolen base of the season.

Danny Valencia got thrown out at home attempting to score on Alcides Escobar’s double to right in the 4th inning–which killed the Royals rally. The run would have tied the game at 2-all.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Naming “Players of the Game” over the last two-weeks has been a little bit like awarding medals to Navy sailors after Pearl Harbor. Today, I guess I’m going with Alex Gordon by default.

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The White Sox

Chris Sale didn’t have his best stuff, but was good enough to hold the Royals to 1 run. Sale is 9-1 with an outstanding 2.03 ERA this season, which makes him a Cy Young candidate. Four years ago, pre-draft rumors had the Royals drafting Sale in the 1st round. Instead, they selected bench warmer Christian Colon. Yeah. I think they’d like a do-over.

Up Next

The Royals will try to break their 4-game skid Tuesday night in Chicago. The Royals will send Bruce Chen to the mound (1-2, 6.46 ERA) against Chicago’s Scott Carroll (4-5, 4.19 ERA). Game time is 7:10 PM CST at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.


Lorenzo Cain RF4010024.297.333.414.747
Omar Infante 2B4000004.275.313.384.697
Salvador Perez DH4010014.282.326.430.756
Alex Gordon LF4120014.271.352.422.773
Billy Butler 1B3000114.267.319.346.664
Danny Valencia 3B2011013.295.342.400.742
   Mike Moustakas 3B1010001.190.255.363.618
Alcides Escobar SS4010014.280.316.384.700
Brett Hayes C3010013.
Jarrod Dyson CF3000013.288.345.346.691
Team Totals321811934.250.294.313.607

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2B: L Cain (17, off C Sale); A Escobar (26, off C Sale).
HBP: D Valencia (1, by C Sale).
TB: A Gordon 2; A Escobar 2; L Cain 2; D Valencia; S Perez; B Hayes; M Moustakas.
GIDP: B Butler (15); A Escobar (7).
RBI: D Valencia (11).
2-out RBI: D Valencia.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 1 for 6.
DP: 3. A Escobar-O Infante-B Butler 2; A Escobar-B Butler.
E: D Valencia (2).
SB: A Gordon (7, 2nd base off C Sale/T Flowers).

Adam Eaton CF3120104.284.355.387.743
Alexei Ramirez SS3100014.277.314.393.706
Jose Abreu 1B4010014.292.341.619.961
Adam Dunn DH2112204.223.362.432.794
Dayan Viciedo RF4000004.239.290.404.694
   Moises Sierra RF0000000.
Conor Gillaspie 3B3010014.322.373.473.846
Alejandro De Aza LF2000204.237.310.364.674
Gordon Beckham 2B3001004.230.280.365.645
Tyler Flowers C3010023.230.288.325.613
Team Totals273635535.222.371.296.668

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2B: T Flowers (10, off J Guthrie); J Abreu (22, off A Crow).
SF: G Beckham (3, off J Guthrie).
IBB: A Dunn (4, by A Crow).
HBP: A Ramirez (4, by J Guthrie); C Gillaspie (2, by J Guthrie).
TB: T Flowers 2; A Eaton 2; J Abreu 2; C Gillaspie; A Dunn.
GIDP: D Viciedo (15); A Ramirez (14); G Beckham (10).
RBI: A Dunn 2 (39); G Beckham (29).
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 2 for 9.
DP: 2. A Ramirez-J Abreu; J Petricka-A Ramirez-J Abreu.
Outfield Assists: A De Aza (D Valencia at home plate).
SB: A Eaton (10, 2nd base off J Guthrie/B Hayes).

Jeremy Guthrie, L (5-9) 6 5333504.5610154
Aaron Crow 1 1002002.61188
Scott Downs 0.20000005.8344
Jason Frasor 0.10000003.2622
Team Totals 8 6335503.3812568

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Chris Sale, W (9-1) 7 7111802.0310668
Ronald Belisario, H (10) 1 0000004.74118
Jake Petricka, S (4) 1 1000102.101410
Team Totals 9 8111901.0013186

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Balks: None.
WP: C Sale (3).
HBP: C Sale (6; D Valencia); J Guthrie 2 (12; A Ramirez, C Gillaspie).
IBB: A Crow (1; A Dunn).
Pickoffs: None.