White Sox offense can’t pick up Giolito in a loss to the Royals

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JULY 15: Martin Maldonado #16 of the Kansas City Royals is tagged out by third baseman Yoan Moncada #10 of the Chicago White Sox as he tries to advance to third on a fielder's choice in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium on July 15, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY – It figures to be an exciting two days for White Sox pitching after a rough three days to start the second half of the season in Oakland.

On Monday, Rick Renteria would send Lucas Giolito, arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2019, to the mound for his team. The next night would be the second career game for young prospect Dylan Cease.

Facing a struggling Royals team figured to give each pitcher a good chance to pick up a win and a bit of momentum as the final stretch of the season begins at Kauffman Stadium.

Yet the first part of this ideal pitching scenario didn’t quite go as plan. The pitcher Monday night was solid, but not dominant, and the offense didn’t have enough to pick him up.

Gioilto allowed three runs in six innings as the White Sox hitters were shut down for the most part by Royals pitching, especially Jakob Junis, in a 5-2 loss. It’s the fourth-straight for the White Sox since the All-Star break as they fall to 42-48 on the season.

Junis struck out ten White Sox hitters over the course of seven innings in which he allowed just one run. Giolito had five strikeouts compared to one walk, but two earned runs allowed in the fourth and one in the sixth were enough to send him to the defeat.

Late in the contest the White Sox had their chances to get back in the game but could only scratch across two runs. The first came on James McCann’s tenth homer of the year in the sixth and Jon Jay’s infield single in the eighth, completing his 4-for-4 night.

Yet the White Sox left ten runners on base for the evening, and Jose Abreu grounded into a double play in the ninth after they got two runners on to end it. Giolito held up his end of the bargain on the night, but there wasn’t enough offense for the visitors to leave with a win.


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