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Royal Revenge

May 1 at Kansas City


Sox Office Smash Hit:
Dead Poets Society
Even when you think you've contributed something worthwhile, you can't always save yourself.

Short Take:   The White Sox see the tables turn as the Royals provide their own dominant evening.

A week ago, I sat in the left field bleachers at Guaranteed Rate Field and watched the White Sox give the Kansas City Royals a 12-1 thrashing. Fast forward to Monday's game which featured Dylan Covey against Jason Vargas, the Royals starter for the aforementioned game. This time, the venue was Kauffman Stadium. The result was also different: a 6-1 Sox loss to be exact.

The Sox put two runners on in the second and third innings, but had no runs to show for it. The fourth went differently when Todd Frazier led off with his second walk in as many plate appearances. Two outs later, Omar Narvaez and Jacob May hit back-to-back singles to score Frazier and give the Sox a 1-0 lead. May's RBI single and second big-league hit wouldn't be enough to prevent him from getting sent down to Triple-A Charlotte after the game.

Covey survived the first time through the Royals' lineup, but wasn't so lucky the second time. The trouble began with two outs in the fourth when Alex Gordon lined a double to left. That was followed by a deep two-run homer from Jorge Bonifacio, Emilio's younger brother. The next inning, singles by Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas scored on one from Salvador Perez.

Despite giving up four earned runs, Covey stayed out into the seventh, presumably to give the bullpen a rest. Christian Colon led that frame off with a base hit. Covey got the next hitters, but Eric Hosmer took him yard to end his night and the game's scoring. Michael Ynoa finished the pitching for the Sox, his highlight coming in the eighth by escaping a bases-loaded jam.

While it would have been nice to see another winning streak begin just after another one ended, that's not always how baseball works. It didn't help that the Sox left runners in scoring position when the game was scoreless. It's even less realistic when your starting pitcher is simply holding down the fort until a pair of healthier, better ones in James Shields and Carlos Rodon return from their injuries. They weren't favored to win this game going in, so why should any of this have been a shock.

There's still some perspective to be had here. This was the first win for the Royals in nine AL Central games. While the Sox are expected to lose this season, the Royals have plenty of players left from the 2015 championship team and that's got to be getting to their fan base. Then again, the Sox went through this two years after their own championship by finishing 72-90, so it's not like this is unheard of in baseball.

This four-game series continues Tuesday. Jose Quintana will take the hill against Danny Duffy. Will the offense give Quintana enough support for his second win? Perhaps, but he'll need to pitch like the big trade piece he's supposed to be, something he hasn't done as much as he should so far in 2017.

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 This might be a rebuilding year, but that doesn't require us to enjoy losses.


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