Kansas City Royals Battered By Chicago White Sox in 12-1 Loss
By David Hill
There are some days when nothing goes right. When John Danks is added to that type of a day, then one would expect that it would be quite the difficult game for the Kansas City Royals. The Chicago White Sox 12-1 victory over the Royals certainly speaks volumes to that assessment.
The hope was that Kris Medlen, who had been solid in his comeback from a second Tommy John surgery, would be able to counter the strange hypnotic effect that Danks has over the Royals. That hope lasted for all of three batters. After the White Sox put runners on the corners to begin the game, Medlen snared a comebacker to nail the lead runner at home, keeping the game scoreless. That only delayed the inevitable, as an RBI single from Avisail Garcia and a two run bases loaded single from Alexei Ramirez gave the White Sox an early 3-0 lead.
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Chicago added to that margin in the fourth. Medlen had appeared to have settled in until he allowed consecutive one out base hits to put two runners on for Tyler Flowers. Flowers, who seems to have that same level of success against the Royals that Danks does, belted a three run home run to center to give the White Sox a 6-0 lead.
After Tyler Saladino singled in an insurance run in the top of the sixth, the White Sox put the game away in the top of the eighth. Jeremy Guthrie did his best to replicate that unforgettable inning against the Yankees on Memorial Day, as he allowed a two run single to Tyler Saladino, a two run home run to Adam Eaton and a solo shot to Jose Abreu in a seven pitch span.
The offensive highlight for the Royals came in the bottom of the ninth. With Danks looking for a complete game shutout, Kansas City loaded the bases with one out. Kendrys Morales then hit a sacrifice fly to put the Royals on the board, but it was not quite enough as Kansas City fell just short in their 12-1 loss to the White Sox.
Medlen, who had pitched well prior to tonight, struggled as he allowed seven runs on eleven hits and a walk over his 5.2 innings of work. Guthrie managed to save the bullpen as he pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits.
Alcides Escobar was 2-4 in the loss.