White Sox can’t snap out of their slump against the struggling Royals

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 10: Shortstop Adalberto Mondesi #27 of the Kansas City Royals throws to first past Yoan Moncada #10 of the Chicago White Sox to complete a double play in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 10, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY – With all of the struggles that come with a rebuilding year, the White Sox actually have a team that is looking up at them in their own division.

The Royals, who are far removed from the World Series title three years ago, came into Monday’s game with their visitors from Chicago trailing them by 8 1/2 games in the American League Central division. They’re the second-worst team in all of Major League Baseball, trailing only the woeful Orioles who’ve already reached 100 losses with just under three weeks left in the season.

But not even the Royals could give the White Sox some relief from their recent struggles as they start a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium – and the ending wasn’t pretty.

Tied at three in the 10th, Alcides Escobar’s bunt went to pitcher Jeanmar Gomez, who threw to third to try get Brian Goodwin. But his throw sailed over the glove of Yolmer Sanchez, allowing the runner to score the walk-off winner in a 4-3 Royals’ victory.

It’s the sixth-straight loss for the White Sox who fall to 56-88 on the season.

Lucas Giolito’s luck appeared to continue a turn for the worst when he gave up a first inning, first pitch leadoff homer to Whit Merrifield to put the White Sox in a 1-0 hole. He would allow another run in the second, but his offense came to the rescue with the long ball, as Adam Engle (solo) and Daniel Palka’s (2 run) homers in the third inning put the White Sox in the lead at 3-2.

Ryan O’Hearn used his power to get the Royals back to even with a 431-foot solo homer in the sixth. It stayed that way till the tenth, when the Royals did their damage quickly against Gomez as Goodwin led off with a double and eventually scored on the pitcher’s error.

For now, the White Sox recent struggles remain, with the one team below them walking them off on Monday night.