Following a similar script to their first two victories in this weekend series at U.S. Cellular Field, the Kansas City Royals cruised to their seventh straight overall victory and a sweep of the White Sox on Sunday afternoon.
Rienzo’s Rough Day
Once again, the Royals jumped out to a demanding lead early on, and in this one they did so via the long ball. Eric Hosmer (2-run) and Salvador Perez (3-run) each crushed home runs off Sox’ starter Andre Rienzo, ultimately putting K.C. up 5-1 in the third.
Rienzo went six innings letting up six runs on six hits and four walks. In addition to the Royals going yard, a verdict of Rienzo leaving his breaking ball up in the zone, the walks were the issue here. Two of the batters he walked came around to score, while Billy Butler also scored after being hit by a pitch.
Andre’s ERA has now ballooned to 5.67 as he has really struggled his last three times out. The Brazilian seems such a ways away from where he was just three or four weeks ago when it seemed he was ready to become a mainstay in the back-end of the team’s rotation.
Because there’s nobody in AAA rushing him out of town (I’m lookin’ at you, Erik Johnson), we expect he has at least a little more time in the rotation … but Don Cooper & co. are going to need to see results soon.
White Sox Squander Opportunities Again
Against Royals’ ace James Shields, the Sox were good for ten hits over six innings. They finished with 12 on the day and 16 base-runners in total. So the measly three-spot they were able to put up stands out as another poor effort.
They were 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Sorry for being so brief, but that just ain’t gonna work. Two runs came home on a clutch two-RBI double from Alejandro De Aza in the fourth, while Adam Eaton got the team on the board in the first when Shields followed his leadoff triple with a balk.
Have a very happy rest of your Father’s Day, and go White Sox!
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