How it happened: A.J. Pierzynski hit two home runs and Paul Konerko added his 30th of the season as the White Sox put on a rare offensive show. All signs were pointing at a breakout day once Adam Dunn delivered not one, but two hits off a left-hander (the Royals’ Bruce Chen). Dunn now has six hits off left-handers this season.
What it means: The White Sox finally appear to be coming out of that funk they entered after their playoff hopes were dashed earlier this month by the Detroit Tigers. Konerko has talked about a natural letdown that occurs when a team’s goal of reaching the postseason is lost and the White Sox appeared to be in that haze during their losing streak. The Royals, who saw their seven-game win streak snapped, seemed to be a much more relaxed team and it will be interesting to see if the White Sox get in a similar mode over the last 10 games.
Outside the box: Not only was winner John Danks 0-3 with a 10.91 ERA over his last three starts, but loser Bruce Chen was 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three starts against the White Sox this season.