The White Sox were swept Sunday in a three-game series by the Royals, who managed a 4-2 victory in 12 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer off Sox reliever Donnie Veal in the 12th to send the Sox to a record of 40-62. They are 22 games below .500 for the first time since Sept. 15, 2007.
The Sox have been swept seven times this season.The Royals have won six in a row.
“Trading Places” was a fairly entertaining movie, but switching baseball teams in the middle of the season? Not so much.
“It’s just an anxious time,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “As a player, you don’t really know what’s going on. You don’t get a whole lot of information, so you over-pack and you just sometimes have to wait for a phone call. Sometimes it comes, sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t know if there is a perfect science to it. No matter how many times you have been through it, if you are out of control, it is a little difficult to go through sometimes.”
The Sox hosted the Royals in the series finale Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, but the game itself seemed to take a back seat to presumed trades involving Jake Peavy and others before Wednesday’s deadline.
“There has been anxiety for a little while. Again, there’s an elephant in the room, and it’s Wednesday at 4 (p.m.),” Ventura said. “That’s going to be there just because all the rumors going around, players talking. That’s the reality of it.”
Despite his personal experiences, it is difficult for Ventura to counsel any of his players rumored to be dealt.
“Until something happens….if you’re not in control, it’s not worth working yourself up trying to think of every scenario that you have no control over anyway,” he said.
A pair of left-handers got the starting nod for Sunday’s game: Bruce Chen (4-0, 1.97) for the Royals and Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.38) for the Sox.
The White Sox entered the game having lost eight of their previous 11. They came in 21 games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 25, 2007, when they were 68-89.
The Royals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as David Lough drove in a run with a base hit. The Sox tied it up in the bottom of the first as Paul Konerko drove in Alex Rios.
The Royals regained the lead, 2-1, in the fourth inning. Lough drew a one-out walk and scored on a double by Miguel Tejada. The Royals left the bases loaded as Santiago struck out Alex Gordon after walking three batters in the inning.
The Sox tied the game 2-2 when Dunn hit his 25th homer of the year to centerfield in the bottom of the sixth. The homer tied Dunn with Cal Ripken for 43rd all-time with 431.
The game went into extra innings with the score 2-2.
The Sox threatened in the 10th when Dayan Viciedo led off with a single. Pinch-runner Blake Tekotte advanced to second on a ground out by Gordon Beckham. Pinch-hitter Josh Phegley struck out against Royals lefthander Tim Collins. Alejandro De Aza followed with a two-out base hit to center. But centerfielder Jarrod Dyson threw out Tekotte at the plate to end the inning.