It appears things still needed to get worse before they can (hopefully) get better for Johnny Cueto.
He ran into trouble from the very start. Adam Eaton singled, Alexei Ramirez doubled, Jose Abreu singled, Melky Cabrera walked, and Avisail Garcia singled before Cueto even recorded an out and the White Sox ended the top of the first inning up 3-0.
The Royals picked up a run in the second inning when Salvador Perez hit a two-out solo shot for his nineteenth home run of the season but the White Sox responded in the top of the third.
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Melky Cabrera led off with a single and was followed by an Avisail Garcia walk. Adam LaRoche singled to score Cabrera and Rob Brantly hit a sacrifice fly to push the score to 5-1.
The Sox made it 6-1 in the sixth when Adam Eaton hit a solo home run but the Royals pushed two across in the bottom of the inning when both Jarrod Dyson and Mike Moustakas hit solo shots of their own and the score was 6-3.
The Royals got even closer an inning later. Sal Perez was hit by a pitch to start things off and Paulo Orlando doubled to put runners on second and third. An infield single from Dyson scored one and a sacrifice fly by Alcides Escobar made the score 6-5 and it looked like the Royals might just be able to complete a comeback.
It wasn’t to be, however, as the White Sox added an insurance run in the ninth when Eaton doubled and moved to third on Alexei Ramirez’s follow-up groundout. Abreu was able to get Eaton home with a sacrifice fly and that was it.
The Royals lost the game 7-5 and endured another rocky start from one Johnny Cueto who only lasted three innings. Today’s game only added to the worries of Royals fans who have been concerned with this stretch of poor pitching. It’s also not a lot of fun to get swept by the White Sox at any point of the season. The Royals look to bounce back tomorrow evening against the Minnesota Twins.