The Chicago White Sox figured out yet another way to lose a game at Kansas City, falling 6-5 in 10 innings Sunday to the Royals.
How it happened: The bullpen led directly to the latest defeat at Kansas City as closer Addison Reed gave up two runs in the ninth inning and Brian Omogrosso gave up one in the 10th to end it. The White Sox are now 9-20 over their past 29 games at Kauffman Stadium. Before Reed’s blown save, the White Sox looked to be set up for the victory with a four-run seventh inning that was highlighted by Alejandro De Aza’s two-run double. White Sox starter Jose Quintana went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Billy Butler had a two-run double for the Royals in the ninth and Alex Gordon had the game-ending hit.
What it means: It can be argued that the White Sox play against the Royals last season cost them a chance at the playoffs. This season, though, the Royals are merely piling on to the White Sox’s woes. The White Sox were just 6-12 against the Royals last season and ran out of gas in September as the Detroit Tigers went on to win the American League Central. The White Sox have now lost seven of their past eight games at Kansas City and 13 of their past 17.
Outside the box: Reed blew a save opportunity for the first time this season, ending a perfect 10-for-10 run to begin 2013. Dating back to last season, Reed had converted 17 consecutive save opportunities. The last time he was not able to close out a game in a save situation was Aug. 24 of last year, when he gave up three runs (two earned) in two-thirds of an inning against the Seattle Mariners. He ended up getting the victory in that game, though, when the White Sox came back to win it.
Off beat: Adam Dunn’s at-bat in the seventh inning was actually one of the few times this season when he benefited from the infield shift. With three infielders on the right side, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar cut in front of second baseman Miguel Tejada to field a Dunn ground ball and couldn’t make the play, which went down as a single. Because Dunn has had trouble hitting balls in the air, when he does happen to make contact, he has grounded out a number of times this season against a loaded right side of the infield.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (3-2, 3.83 ERA) to the mound Monday at Kansas City in a makeup game that was scheduled after Friday’s game was rained out. The Royals will counter with right-hander James Shields (2-2, 3.00 ERA) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from Kauffman Stadium.