Followed-form-work bullet-point recap:
*The White Sox actually led this one, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first by forcing the Kansas City infield to make plays it couldn’t. Hunter Dozier eventually figured out how to start a 5-3 on Welington Castillo that deescalated the threat of a disaster, but the Sox still posted a quick multi-run lead.
*Then Ross Detwiler happened. After Yoan Moncada put the Sox ahead 3-0 with a solo shot in the top of the third, Detwiler gave up two homers over the first three batters to tie the game. Then he gave up two more singles, and almost a third on what turned out to be a sac bunt. That was the only out he recorded over the inning.
*Dylan Covey replaced him, loaded the bases with an HBP and gave up a two-run single before settling in to get the Sox through the five, although the Royals small-balled the decisive run home in his last inning of work (a double and two bunts).
*The Sox offense again scored five runs, which is worth noting these days. Ryan Cordell made it 6-4 with a single through the left side in the sixth, and Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu both grounded two-out singles through the infield against Ian Kennedy in the ninth. Moncada stood on third as the tying run, but A.J. Reed struck out on three pitches to end the game.
*Ryan Goins‘ second game wasn’t as charmed, as he went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout, but he did make a couple of nice plays in the hole, including a slick start to a 6-4-3 double play.
*Moncada went 3-for-5 with the lone extra-base hit and two strikeouts.
*Charlie Tilson was optioned to Charlotte after the game.
*In one week since the All-Star break, the White Sox went from a 79-win pace to a 68-win pace.