Guthrie allowed only one earned run on five hits while striking out nine batters in six innings against the Chicago White Sox. He fell one strikeout short of his career high of 10 strikeouts, but the fact that he was able to pitch well in the win is all that mattered.
“I thought my slider today was a little bit better located than it has been in the past, and a large portion of the strikeouts came on sliders,” Guthrie said, according to Royals.com.
The Royals struggled offensively in the series, but Guthrie’s success through the first four innings allowed for the bats to come alive in the fifth. Jeff Francoeur added some excitement when he executed a hit-and-run that gave the Royals runners on first and second. Jarrod Dyson knocked in the first run of the game on an infield single, and Chris Getz scored Francoeur on a single to right field. Chicago’s third error committed by an outfielder in the series allowed Getz to go to second, which is how the third run was eventually recorded.
Kansas City is hoping that Guthrie’s outing inspired the team to not only win the finale against Chicago, but to get a win streak going this weekend against the Philadelphia Phillies. All it takes is one solid performance by one player to motivate a team to go above and beyond the call.
The White Sox will be perfectly fine if they do not see Guthrie again all season. Since the 33-year-old joined forces with the Royals in 2012, he has allowed only two earned runs in 35 2/3 innings against the White Sox.