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Sox Give Kansas City A Gift

June 23 at Kansas City

Today's Game Rating:
A summer blockbuster this is not. How many people are still watching this mess anyway?

Short Take: Alexei Ramirez committed a critical error in the bottom of the eighth inning, handing Kansas City two runs and the Sox a 7-6 loss.

You didn’t really think the White Sox would sweep a three-game set in Kansas City, did you? Even though the South Siders led most of the game Sunday, you could never shake the sneaking suspicion they’d find a way to blow it in the end. Blow it they did.

The Royals scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, rallying to salvage a 7-6 victory. The Sox committed two errors during the decisive frame, including a backbreaking miscue by shortstop Alexei Ramirez that cost the team two runs and, ultimately, the game.

With the Sox leading 6-4, Jesse Crain was summoned to protect the lead. Crain (2-2) has been almost automatic this season. He hadn’t given up a run since April 12 until Sunday, which was not his day to say the least. The Royals began the inning with back-to-back singles. Then, Crain misplayed a bunt by Kansas City’s Elliot Johnson. Suddenly, the bases were loaded with nobody out. The Sox lead and Crain’s streak of 29 consecutive scoreless appearances were in serious jeopardy.

But, Crain did not surrender the lead without a fight. He rallied by striking out George Kottaras and Jarrod Dyson. Just like that, two were out and it looked like the Sox might escape with no damage. Instead, Crain walked Alex Gordon to make it 6-5. Not good, but the Sox were still ahead and two were out. If Crain could retire Alcides Escobar, the lead would be preserved.

Escobar hit a bouncing ball to shortstop that should have been the third out of the inning. Somehow it skipped past Ramirez into left field. Two runs scored, and the Royals took a 7-6 lead. Game. Set. Match. The Sox went quietly in the ninth and concluded a disappointing 10-game road trip with a 3-7 record. That is not the mark of a contending team.

Things went well for the Sox in the early innings. Adam Dunn hit a two-run single in the first inning and a two-run homer in the third to give the South Siders a 4-0 lead. Starter Dylan Axelrod could not hold it. He allowed a run in the third inning and three more in the fifth, including back-to-back homers by Kottaras and Dyson. It was the first time all season the Royals hit back-to-back homers. Yuck.

The Sox would retake the lead, however, on Gordon Beckham’s two-run double in the seventh. Things looked good at that point, but the 6-4 lead disappeared thanks to those two terrible errors in the eighth.

Mercifully, the road trip is over. The Sox have an off day Monday before starting a brief two-game series at home against the New York Mets on Tuesday night. Chris Sale (5-6, 2.69 ERA) will get the start for the South Siders. He’ll be opposed by New York rookie Zach Wheeler (1-0, 0.00 ERA). Game time is 7:10. You can watch the action on WCIU.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Dadgumit, Stone Pony, YAZ would have had that grounder in the eighth!

submitted by JB98.

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