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Royals 3, White Sox 2: Giolito Dazzles in Loss

The ace pitched another quality start, the offense goes missing — and Eloy gets pulled as a precautionary measure

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium.
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The White Sox lost a tough one on Wednesday in Kansas City.

With a 2-1 lead, one out, and no one on in the bottom of the ninth inning, Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit a monster home run off of Liam Hendriks to even the score, 2-2. Kansas City would capitalize on the Manfred Man (automatically on second) rule in the bottom of the 10th inning, scoring the winning run off of Ryan Burr and defeating the White Sox, 3-2.

One word describes this loss: frustrating. The White Sox had multiple opportunities to make something happen, but couldn’t find that spark to light the offensive fire — something that’s been happening for the last few games.

Danny Mendick started the scoring tonight, bringing Andrew Vaughn home on a sharp single to center field. Mendick was thrown out at second on a heads-up play by Salvador Perez, but not before Leury García crossed home plate himself after he recognized Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield forgot he was on base. The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Jorge Soler doubled off the outfield wall to drive in Perez and make it a 2-1 game.

After the Perez homer, the game moved into extras. The White Sox could not capitalize on their Manfred Man — a recurring problem for the Sox in extras.

The Royals encountered no such issues, as in the bottom of the 10th inning, Michael Taylor singled on a ground ball to center fielder Billy Hamilton, scoring Hunter Dozier to win the game for the bad guys.

For a powerful offense like the Chicago White Sox, it sure is … frustrating … to watch these bats whiff on bringing in more runs, especially when Lucas Giolito is pitching. The Sox offense collected five hits, Vaughn accounting for two of those.

You may be asking where Eloy Jiménez’s bat was tonight. Well, Jiménez exited Wednesday’s game with right groin tightness. It was a precautionary move, the team says, and it makes perfect sense. Protect Big Baby at all costs.

Giolito and the bullpen were the highlights of the game — least until the ninth. Giolito pitched another quality start for Chicago, going six innings and giving up four hits and one run against seven strikeouts. His pitch movement was in rare form tonight. In his last three games, Giolito has pitched 21 innings and has given up three runs, knocking his ERA to a solid 3.67.

Aaron Bummer came in to bail out Giolito in the seventh inning. Bummer would retire the side, stranding a Kansas City runner on third. Michael Kopech blanked the Royals in the eighth inning.

The Sox play the final game of the series against the Royals tomorrow at 1:10 p.m CST. Carlos Rodón looks to earn the White Sox a split. Carlos Hernandez pitches for the Royals.