Sunday, July 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Royals 4, White Sox 2
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox were swept for the seventh time this season in a series of three games or more in a 4-2 defeat to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.
How it happened:Alex Gordon hit a two-run home run off reliever Donnie Veal in the 12th inning to give the Royals the victory. After the Royals took a 1-0 lead in the first, the White Sox came back in the bottom of the inning to tie it on a Paul Konerko RBI single. The Royals took the lead again in the fourth inning before the White Sox tied it on Adam Dunn's 25th home run of the season. White Sox starter Hector Santiago gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings while Royals starter Bruce Chen gave up two runs over six innings.
What it means: It was yet another outing where Chen gave the White Sox fits, but they at least managed to figure out a way to not get beat by the left-hander. Chen might have been used mostly as a long man out of the bullpen, but he can always find his old form against the White Sox as he gave up two runs on just three hits over six innings against them. Chen was making just his third start of the season and second appearance against the White Sox after going 4 2/3 innings against them on June 21.
Outside the box: Dunn has now hit at least 25 home runs in 11 his last 12 seasons. The only time he didn’t reach the number was his first year with the White Sox in 2011 when he hit 11. It was the 431st home run of Dunn’s career, tying him with Cal Ripken for 43rd on the all-time list. Paul Konerko is just two home runs behind Dunn and Ripken.
Off beat: Who says a disappointing season has to lack drama? Sunday’s game was the 77th time this season a White Sox game was decided by three runs or less, which is over 75 percent. In fact, 36 of the White Sox last 49 games have been decided within that run margin. The White Sox entered having played 35 one-run games this season, going 14-21 in those contests. That was third most in baseball. Who entered play Sunday with the most one-run games? Why the Royals of course at 37.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (2-8, 4.81 ERA) to the mound Monday at Cleveland to open a four-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.57) in the 6:05 p.m. start from Progressive Field.