White Sox: 1st Inning Grand Slam Derails Dylan Covey in 4-3 Loss

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 12: Starting pitcher Dylan Covey
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 12: Starting pitcher Dylan Covey /

Dylan Covey allowed a first inning grand slam but otherwise pitched well. He allowed just two hits in the White Sox loss to Kansas City.

Early control issues derailed Dylan Covey Tuesday against Kansas City. The 26-year-old walked the bases loaded in the first inning, then gave up a grand slam to Brandon Moss. That turned out to be all the offense Kansas City needed as they beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3.

Covey was able to bounce back and pitch much better. He finished the game allowing only two runs and the four runs. However, he did surrender four walks and strike out one through 5.2 innings pitched. Take away the first inning and he pitched really well. Unfortunately, the early control issues were what did him in. But it’s a start he can definitely build off.

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The White Sox had a chance to either tie or win the game in the ninth, but the offense couldn’t come through. After Adam Engel doubled and Yolmer Sanchez singled to start the inning, lefty Scott Alexander pitched himself out of trouble to lock down the win. Yoan Moncada would strike out, Jose Abreu popped out and Matt Davidson grounded out to end the game.

The way this team was hitting, you’d think having two runners on with no outs would lead to at least one run. However, that wasn’t the case. It goes to show this team still has some room to improve. Moncada has been up and down this season. He probably hasn’t lived up to the hype but he has given us some flashes that he’ll be a future star for this team.

Abreu was on a tear heading into this series. In this game, he was just 1-for-5 at the dish. Davidson has struggled this month. In 38 at bats, he’s mustered just three hits with a home run and four RBIs. He’s hitting an abysmal .079 this month. He knows he has to be better or he may find himself on the bench. In fact since he returned in late August from the disabled list, he’s 7-for-59.

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The rest of the season will give some of the younger guys to show us what they can do and Davidson has to be better. He’ll have some guys in the minors gunning for his spot. So it’s up to him to show he deserves an everyday spot on this team. This team is all of a sudden very deep in their minors, so they do have some in house options if guys don’t perform.