Going for a sweep, yes, that's right a sweep in Kansas City were the White Sox Sunday afternoon.
Unfortunately, well, they were the White Sox.
The game started off quickly for the White Sox thanks to Adam Dunn. In the bottom of the first inning, he drove in Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez on an RBI single. And then in the third inning, he launched his 20th home run of the season to put the White Sox up 4-0.
Dunn now has 48 RBI's to go along with his 20 home runs and is quietly on pace to hit over 40 home runs and drive in over 100 runs this season. In fact, he's got his average up to .193. He's hit well north of .250 over his last 36 ball games, a clip much better than we've seen from him before in a White Sox uniform.
Maybe, just maybe, he's turning it on at the right time so the Sox can deal him this summer. But we'll touch on that at another time in the near future.
Until the fifth inning, Sox' starter Dylan Axelrod was pretty good, letting up only one KC run. But then he imploded in that inning, letting up three more runs so those pesky Royals could tie the game at four.
'Axe' now has a 4.57 ERA. Though he's been pretty solid overall for the White Sox as the team's fifth starter, it'd be nice to see him get back on track soon so he can have a comfortable spot in the rotation once the fire sale takes place. I think I speak for most Sox fans when saying that I'd be comfortable going forward with him in years to come as the last guy in the rotation … so let's hope he doesn't continue to struggle in the near future.
But the suddenly resilient White Sox offense jumped back in front thanks to a deep two-RBI double off the center field wall from Gordon Beckham, who continues to be hot. He's comfortable in the bottom of the order hitting .307 on the year.
Nate Jones and Matt Thornton both came on and did a good job, getting the team to the eighth inning on top with their lethal set up man coming in.
Unfortunately, Crain didn't have his best stuff for the first time since the very beginning of the season.
The Royals started off the inning with two hits, and then after a Jesse Crain error, the bases were loaded with nobody out. Crain then struck out two consecutive hitters before walking in the Royals' fifth run of the game. And then Crain got Alcedies Escobar to ground to short stop, but Alexei Ramirez threw the ball away and let two more KC runs cross the plate.
Like I said, it was White Sox baseball at its finest.
So Crain's scoreless streak ends at 29 games & innings pitches, though none of the runs he let cross ended up being earned. His ERA actually dropped to 0.52, as he continues to be the hottest commodity on the bullpen trade market.
Greg Holland then came in and recorded a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the save.
A sweep of the daunted Royals would've been nice, but with how things have been going, I guess two out of three ain't half bad.
Hopefully the White Sox can play some more respectable baseball (besides this past eighth inning) going forward to keep us fans as interested as possible.