It was just an overall bad night for the Chicago White Sox, one of their worst nights in recent months.
The White Sox (48-53) were unable to generate runs, left the bases loaded and finally the game ended with them losing to the visiting Kansas City Royals, 7-1.
There was very little pitching from the White Sox that amounted to anything, especially with Scott Carroll (4-6, 4.52 ERA). His see-saw season continued on Tuesday at US Cellular Field with five innings pitched that resulted in five earned runs on 11 hits and two walks. Carroll struck out three.
In his time on the mound, he allowed one home run, off the bat of Mike Moustakas in the second inning. Moustakas finished the night with two home runs.
The win moves the Royals to 49-50.
This was just an overall bad outing by the Carroll and the White Sox, proving the back end of the rotation just isn’t as dependable as it needs to be for the White Sox to become contenders.
The Royals scored their first run with the second-inning home run, then added four more in the sixth and two runs in the eighth as they finished with 14 total hits in the win over the “Good Guys.”
Chicago did have eight hits but had just the one run in the fourth inning, a home run by Adam Dunn, his 15th of the season, giving him 40 RBIs on the year.
Dunn finished 2-for-4, while Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a walk. Moises Sierra hit a triple off winning and starting pitcher Bruce Chen. Chen (2-2) pitched five innings, allowing one run off five hits and two walks. He struck out two.
In more negative news for the White Sox, the hitless streak for Gordon Beckham has reached 0-for-19. In his last 62 at-bats, he has six hits.
Tomorrow, the White Sox and Royals play the third game of the series with each having one win. The Wednesday game will start at 2:10 p.m. ET with Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.26) on the mound for Chicago against James Shields of the Royals (9-5, 3.70).