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Royals 7, White Sox 1: Quiet night for bats, long night for pitching

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Scott Carroll hits a wall during four-run fifth, while Bruce Chen notches another victory against one of his favorite opponents

This picture just about sums it up.
This picture just about sums it up.
Jonathan Daniel

Enjoyable aspects of this game:

No. 1: Moises Sierra racked up a really cool outfield assist.

He got a lot of running in tonight, hitting his first triple, chasing a number of line drives and making a catch along the rail in right field, after which he high-fived a fan.

No. 2: Alexei Ramirez stole two bases, and both followed pickoffs. His swim move on the second one was viewed favorably through the eyes of instant replay.

No. 3: Adam Dunn homered to left off Bruce Chen. Every little bit helps this time of year.

Besides that? This game was a 215-minute-long dirge, especially after the Royals broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth.

Chen kept the White Sox bats quiet over five innings, and Scott Carroll would've been better off exiting after five himself. Despite allowing eight hits over the first five innings, Carroll had limited the damage to a Mike Moustakas solo homer. Then the Royals greeted him with two blistered doubles and a bunt single to open the sixth, and when a passed-ball ball four brought another run home, Robin Ventura decided to pull the plug. The Sox trailed 3-1 as Carroll departed the game, Javy Guerra's night started by throwing away a bunt, and the Royals tacked on two more before the inning came a close.

Moustakas added a second homer in the seventh inning, a two-run shot off Eric Surkamp. The guy must like Greek Night.

Record: 48-53 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights