Chicago White Sox: Lose a tough one to Kansas City
The Chicago White Sox are in a bit of a funk here to start off the second half of the season, and it continued against the Royals on Monday night.
The Chicago White Sox have been defeated for the fourth day in a row. This time to the Kansas City Royals. This is a rather annoying loss because the White Sox had their ace Lucas Giolito on the mound against the Royals who are one of the worst teams in all of baseball. They didn’t get destroyed and Giolito had a quality start, snapping a four-game streak of not having one, but it was still a rather annoying game all around.
The Royals got out to a 2-0 lead early enough where it made Giolito have to pitch from behind. He didn’t have his best game he’s ever had but it could have been way worse. Hopefully, this little blip is something that he can get out of as we move along here.
Jon Jay had a really good game at the plate. He went 4/4 and was four of the White Sox eight total hits on the night. It was the type of night that you’d love to collect a win but the team wasted a solid performance by him. Jay has been really good since returning from injury and hopefully, he can keep that up.
This felt like the type of game that the White Sox could have won if they had Tim Anderson in the starting lineup. They miss his bat, winning attitude, and ability to fire guys up. There were also a few times where they had a chance to make noise offensively and the wrong guys were coming up to bat in those situations. A guy like Anderson just makes the lineup that much more dangerous. They had rallies going in both the eighth and ninth innings, but they just couldn’t get it done.
The White Sox have to forget about this one and be ready for tomorrow. Dylan Cease will get his second career start in Kansas City. It is important for him to make this start and do well. Confidence is key when being an MLB pitcher and Cease should have a little bit of that at least going into the game. The Royals proved they are no slouch and deserve credit for battling hard in this one. Back at it again tomorrow.