Edwin Jackson had his first bad outing since joining the White Sox at the wrong time as the White Sox lose to the Royals 8-2 and once again are 6 games behind the Twins.
Edwin Jackson had gone 3-0 since joining the White Sox but tonight, he didn’t have his best stuff. Jackson went 5 innings, giving up 6 runs on 13 hits. He had only 3 strikeouts and also gave a walk.
Kansas City starter Kyle Davies pitched very well, going 6 innings giving up only 1 run on 5 hits with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks.
The Royals got on the board first when Wilson Betemit singled to right scoring Gregor Blanco. The Royals tacked on two more runs in the second on a sac fly by Yuniesky Betancourt and a RBI double by Gregor Blanco, increasing the lead to 3-0. The Royals scored again in the 3rd on a RBI double by Brayan Pena, giving the Royals the 4-0 lead. The White Sox would get one run back in the 4th on a RBI single by Alexei Ramirez bringing the score to 4-1. The Royals would get that run right back in the 5th on a RBI single by Alex Gordon making it a 5-1 game. Another run would be scored in the 6th on a RBI single by Mitch Maier and would increase the Royals’ lead to 6-1.
Edwin Jackson would then be replaced by Tony Pena. In his 2 1/3 innings of work, he would give up 2 runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. His two earned runs were on a RBI single by Brayan Pena and a RBI groundout by for White Sox Chris Getz. With Gil Meche now pitching for the Royals, Paul Konerko hit his 34th home run of the year to make it an 8-2 game.The Royals would bring in Joakim Soria in the 9th and he pitched a scoreless inning to give the Royals the 8-2 win.
Crew chief Joe West reared his ugly head yet again tonight when he blew a call at second base by calling a runner safe even though Alexei Ramirez tagged him out before his hands got on the base. It really seems as if he likes to do anything he can to prevent the White Sox from winning or to screw them over any way he can. And he wonders why he was voted the 2nd worst umpire in baseball.
So the White Sox find themselves right back where they started, 6 games behind the Twins in the division. It’s still not over by any means so as I said before, until that magic number is zero, nothing is guaranteed.
With Freddy Garcia being scratched from tomorrow’s start, the White Sox send Lucas Harrell to the mound to face Sean O’Sullivan. Lets see if the White Sox can rebound and take 2 of 3 from the Royals and possibly move a little closer to the Twins before the big 3 game series coming up starting this Tuesday.