KANSAS CITY – At last, the offense arrived. Unfortunately, it was too late to save another rough game in the second half for the White Sox.
While the score showed just a two-run defeat for Rick Renteria’s team, it wasn’t until the final innings that the group got things going behind some new names to the roster.
Yet despite homers from Ryan Goins, who was called up on Wednesday, and AJ Reed, who was signed this past week, the White Sox couldn’t overcome a six-run deficit in a 7-5 loss to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
Two first inning runs along with four in the fifth, all which were charged to starter Ivan Nova, were too much for the visitors to overcome. Because of that, the White Sox have now lost six straight games to open the second half of the season as they now sit eight games under-.500 for the season.
At least Renteria’s team was able to get on the board, which they failed to do in an 11-0 loss to the Royals on Tuesday. The recently called up Goins, who was with the Royals in 2018, got the White Sox on the board in the sixth with a two-run homer, his first since the 2017 season in Toronto.
Reed, who joined the White Sox after the All-Star break, crushed a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to put the result in some doubt. Yolmer Sanchez would hit a solid line drive after that hit, but it was caught, ending the game and another defeat.
Ultimately the deficit early was too much to overcome, with Jorge Soler doing a lot of the damage with an RBI single in the first then another in the fifth that plated two runs. Naperville native Nicky Lopez would provide the eventual winning run in the sixth with an RBI single of his own.
Whit Merrifield’s RBI after Goins’ homer only added to the final along with another disappointing effort for the White Sox after the All-Star break.