For the last game of the series against the Royals, Dallas Keuchel faced off against fellow southpaw Daniel Lynch. Dallas started out with two quick outs, but after a Salvador Perez single and a walk, Emmanuel Rivera hit a double on a misjudged ball to Engel in center, putting the Royals up 2-0. Dallas was nails the rest of the night, not giving up another run through six innings. He left down one run and was relieved by Reynaldo Lopez. On the first batter he faced, Lopez gave up a home run to make it 3-1. After struggling to get outs, Lopez finally got out of the inning with only one run allowed on the 31st pitch of the inning. Taking over after Lopez, Ryan Tepera struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning. Garret Crochet with a good outing as well, keeping it a one run game heading into the 9th. Overall, the pitching staff only gave up three runs on the night – but that was one too many for the struggling White Sox offense.
Jose Abreu kicked off the offense with a solo home run in the 1st. In the bottom of the 4th, the White Sox loaded the bases with a single from Cesar Hernandez to lead off the inning and a walk and hit-by-pitch with two outs. Adam Engel worked a full count but struck out swinging to keep the score at 2-1 Royals. After a hard single by Jose Abreu and a walk in the 6th, the Royals pulled Lynch and brought in Josh Staumont. Unfortanutely, Vaughn hit into a double play to bring up Yoan Moncada with two outs and runner on 3rd. Moncada then grounded out sharply to first baseman Carlos Santana. With 2 outs in the 8th, Eloy Jimenez hit a RBI double to plate Cesar Hernandez, but that was as close as the White Sox would get. The struggling offense went down 1-2-3 in the ninth inning, cementing the frustrating loss.
The White Sox drop the series on back-to-back losses and sit at 63-46 heading into Wrigley Field, 9.5 games up on Cleveland.
W: Daniel Lynch (2-4) | L: Dallas Keuchel (7-5) | S: Jake Brentz (1)
Dallas Keuchel: 6IP, 3H, 2ER, 3BB, 5K
Dallas had a great start on the mound tonight. Outside of the blip in the first, he racked up five strikeouts and induced eight groundouts, including a double-play. The lefty dropped his ERA a bit to 4.44, but more importantly, he kept the ball in the ballpark.
Jose Abreu: 2-for-4, R, RBI, HR
The reigning AL MVP put up one of the only two runs to cross the plate tonight. This shot put him at 20 home runs on the year. With his second homer in 5 days so far this month, hopefully it’s a sign of Abreu heating up hear in the last leg of the season for an offense that could really use his bat.
Eloy Jimenez: 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI
Eloy had a solid night at the plate, driving in the only other run besides Abreu’s homer. That double snapped a 0-13 funk, and hopefully moved Jimenez closer to getting his timing right at the plate.
The White Sox head into the Crosstown series against the Cubs going 4-6 in their last 10, without a ton of offense. They will try to turn it around tomorrow with Lance Lynn taking on Kyle Hendricks at Wrigley Field.
The game will air at 1:20 pm CT on NBC Sports Chicago.