Royals 6, White Sox 3: Seven straight losing seasons

The followed-from-work bullet-point recap:

*A three-batter sequence in the sixth inning spoiled Lucas Giolito’s afternoon. He bounced back from a shaky first couple innings to set a White Sox record with eight consecutive strikeouts. Alas, with game tied at 2, the sixth opened with a full-count walk to Whit Merrifield, followed by a Jorge Soler single, then a first-pitch assault by Hunter Dozier that made it a 5-2 game.

*Two bloopers hurt the White Sox’ chances at getting back in the game. Tim Anderson should’ve scored on James McCann’s two-out single through the left side in the seventh, which would’ve made it 5-4. Instead, he stumbled and fell rounding for home and had to retreat back to third, and Leury García ended up striking out. The Sox never scored a fourth run.

*In the ninth, Alex Colomé issued a six-pitch walk to Bubba Starling. When Brett Phillips bunted him to second, Colomé tried to cut down the lead runner, but instead made a sad-assed toss well wide of second into center field. Starling took third, then scored on a pitch that got through McCann’s wickets.

*The Sox were able to get the tying run on base, but García struck out again with the bases loaded to end it. He stranded six over his two trips after entering the game as a pinch hitter.

*García replaced Daniel Palka, who got his second hit of the season on a weak grounder to second that he beat out for an infield single. He hasn’t lifted a ball to the pull field since March.

*Giolito struck out 12 over six innings, but he gave up five runs in his ninth loss of the season, and his ERA rose to 3.41.

*Anderson went 2-for-5, keeping his league-leading average at .333. Jose Abreu added to his league-leading RBI total with a sac fly.

*Yoan Moncada went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot, and one of the singles came after he attempted to bunt.

*The White Sox outhit the Royals 11-6, but the Sox only had one extra-base hit (a McCann double) to Kansas City’s four (two homers, two doubles).

*The White Sox locked in their seventh consecutive losing season for the first time since 1944-50, while losing the season series to the Royals 10-9.

Record: 64-82 | Box score | Highlights

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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roke1960

Rick must be proud of that 7 consecutive losing seasons. He’s probably going to do everything he can over the winter to assure an 8th next year.

Trooper Galactus

Colome channeling his inner Jeanmar Gomez. I’ll never forget that lollipop throw over the third baseman’s head in a tie game that allowed the winning run to score. Ranks right up there with Bacon falling face-first into Gillaspie as just a singularly embarrassing moment in the last decade of WSB.

roke1960

The Beckham play has to be the worst play I’ve ever seen in a major league game. I’ve never seen a 2nd baseman run from deep 2nd all the way across the pitchers’ mound to try to catch a pop up. We were just watching it at work yesterday. There was a picture on a story from the Mets showing the instant Beckham’s face hit the back of Gillaspie’s knee. It’s priceless.

Milky✌️

Fellas, I’m starting to think this team isn’t very good

ImmortalTimeTravelMan

How the fuck can any GM (in any sport) have 7 straight losing seasons and still keep their job? It boggles the mind.

marquettepark

Hahn has pictures or video on somebody……just kidding.  Anyone with degrees from Michigan, Harvard and Northwestern can only fail upwards?

How the fuck can any owner

iowasox1971

What’s bad is that Hahn and the other jokers in the front office will try to tout the team’s improvement over 2018. Yes, this year’s team will have about nine or 10 wins more than last year’s train wreck did, but we are still well below .500 while having possible career years from Giolito, Anderson, Moncada, Bummer and McCann.

Also, Abreu has the league RBI lead, while Colome has had a strong season, too. Regression from some of these guys is likely to occur next year. If that occurs, Jimenez might have to hit 50 homers next year to make up for it. Even then, our record won’t be much better unless Robert turns out to be the next Mike Trout, and we have some great free-agent signings or shrewd trades.

bonomo

Isn’t baseball funny? Eight consecutive strikeouts, walk, single, homer.

joseValentinsMustache

I feel like there should be a rule if you lose enough times in a row you have to sell the team

ParisSox

Only McCann’s second passed ball of the year.  So there’s that.  

knoxfire30

At least Stone finally took a jab at Ricky, he muttered something after Moncada got a hit after the bunt that was like ” look what happens when you let a guy batting 300 swing”