Alcides Escobar’s “walk-off” sac bunt in the 10th — on top of a very rare walk drawn earlier in the game — pushed him to an improbable .219 WPA and game MVP. Leading the Chicago White Sox was Jace Fry, at .171 WPA.
With his seven-inning, three-earned outing on Monday, Lucas Giolito is 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA in six career starts (five quality) vs. the Kansas City Royals.
The White Sox need to win seven of their final 18 games to avoid the fourth 100-loss season in franchise history. They are currently on pace to finish 63-99.
The most home runs hit in one season against a single opponent in White Sox history came in 1950, when Gus Zernial smacked 11 against the Browns. (Zernial played in 22 games against St. Louis that season.) Matt Davidson currently has eight against the Royals, so if he is somehow able to clock three over the next two games — he’d have to get into the lineup first, of course — the third baseman/first baseman/designated hitter/closer would snag a share of a pretty prestigious record.
Paul Konerko has hit most White Sox career home runs at Kauffman Stadium, with 19.
Daniel Palka’s home run in the third inning, the 22nd of his season, ties the White Sox record for lefthanded rookie hitters (Pete Ward, 1963).