Grand slam ruins Royals night

Dayan Viciedo‘s grand slam in Chicago’s five-run 4th inning propelled the White Sox to a victory over the KC Royals, 5-2. Brazilian rookie Andre Rienzo picked up his first big league victory.

Jeremy Guthrie (Jen Nevius)

Jeremy Guthrie (Jen Nevius)

Jeremy Guthrie was pitching well until that 4th inning when everything fell apart.

Alexei Ramirez led the inning off with a double and scored to break the scoreless tie on Adam Dunn‘s single. After a Paul Konerko single, Guthrie recorded the inning’s first out on a pop up. Conor Gillaspie followed with a single to load the bases for Viciedo. He took the second slider from Guthrie out of the park and all of a sudden, it was 5-0.

Meanwhile, the Royals offense once again sputtered. They scored both of their runs against Rienzo, but could not put together a big inning.

They scored their first run in the fourth on a Mike Moustakas sac fly. Their second run came in the sixth on David Lough‘s two out RBI single.

 

The Royals bullpen duo of Louis Coleman and Luis Mendoza got into trouble over the game’s final three innings, but did not allow a run. Unfortunately, the Royals offense only got two base runners over the game’s final three innings.

 

The Royals look to avoid the sweep on Thursday as James Shields faces Jose Quintana.

 

Every team the Royals are chasing for a playoff spot won on Wednesday: Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, and the NY Yankees. The two teams holding the wild card spots lost (Oakland and TB).

 

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