White Sox: Five Games That Defined 2016 Season
White Sox Blow 6-run Lead Against Royals
The Sox were in the middle of its downward spiral when they started its three game series against the Royals on May 27. With a 27-23 record, the Sox were barely holding onto first place in the AL Central division. However, the Sox would endure one of its worst weekends in recent memory as they were unable to hold leads in any of its games against the Royals.
After blowing a 5-2 lead in the previous game against Kansas City, the Sox had perhaps its worst meltdown in franchise history on May 28. The Sox entered the bottom of the ninth with a 7-1 lead over the Royals. What happened next was hard to watch for Sox fans. The Royals would score eight run runs in the inning to cap off its biggest comeback in franchise history.
David Robertson entered the game in the ninth inning with a 7-1 lead as he was looking to get some work in after being idle for five days. Unfortunately, the rust for Robertson showed as he was unable to record more than one out. Robertson started the inning with a strikeout of Paulo Orlando. However, the Royals were able to reach base and score five runs before chasing Robertson out of the game.
Tommy Kahnle, who had no business being in this game, attempted to get the save but was unable to do so. Royals rookie Brett Eibner would hit the walk-off RBI single to cap off the team’s 8-7 comeback victory. Much like the Sox implosion against the Rangers on May 10, the team would lose its next game against Kansas City as the Royals mounted another comeback.