As if things could not get any worse for the KC Royals, they go and get swept by the worst team in the American League Central, the Chicago White Sox. Thursday night’s game was the most depressing, as they lost 4-3 in 12 innings.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, the Royals had runners at first and second base, one out, and Salvador Perez coming to the plate. On the mound was rookie Jake Petricka in his first ever big league game (which he just entered). On the fifth pitch he threw, Perez grounded into an inning ending double play.
On to the 12th inning, where Luke Hochevar allowed a leadoff home run to Conor Gillapsie for the game winner.
The Royals then had the tying run on second base (after a Butler walk and pinch runner Jarrod Dyson stole second base), but Addison Reed retired the next three batters in order to pick up his 34th save of the season
The Royals scored three runs in one inning, the fifth, that gave them a 3-0 lead. In that inning against White Sox starter Jose Quintana, the Royals put together three straight hits after a leadoff walk to score one run (on a Bonifacio RBI single). Escobar and Jamey Carroll followed with sac flies to drive in the other two runs.
An Alex Gordon leadoff single in the 4th inning was the Royals first hit. They finished with a total of six hits. Eric Hosmer led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, but Billy Butler hit into an inning ending double play to send the game into extra innings. That ended a string of 12 retired in a row by the White Sox.
The Royals say goodbye to the White Sox and hello to the Washington Nationals, who are one of the biggest disappointments in baseball. The Nats send Gio Gonzalez to the mound on Friday night against Bruce Chen.