With Jorge Lopez having been moved to the bullpen on Wednesday, Glenn Sparkman got the start. Sparkman allowed four runs on three hits before he was ejected from the game in the second for hitting Tim Anderson with an 85mph changeup without any warning.
The offense managed to put up seven runs but it wasn’t enough. The offense has struggled at times this year but Wednesday they fought back from a 7-1 deficit to tie the game before Chicago took back the lead in the eighth. Nicky Lopez snapped an 0-for-20 streak with a triple and maybe that was a sign of how things were going Wednesday night.
The result was not what the Royals wanted but the offensive output was a good sign. Of course, this was against the White Sox so we need to see this against a better team before we get too excited.
Nicky Lopez snapped an 0-for-20 streak with an RBI triple in the sixth. Lopez had a big single to left in the eighth to score Terrance Gore and Billy Hamilton to even the game at 7-7. He was thrown out trying to advance to second on the play but after both runs scored.
Whit Merrifield had a three hit night which included a double.
Hunter Dozier had a multi-hit game. He also made a terrific play to his left in the eight with the lead run at second.
Jorge Soler has a multi-hit game. Soler hit his 13th home fun in the sixth.
Billy Hamilton had a multi-hit game including a big bunt single in the eighth. He would eventually score the tying run in that inning.
Glenn Sparkman got the start but only lasted an inning. He was ejected from the game without a warning for hitting Tim Anderson with a changeup in the second inning. Sparkman allowed four runs on three hits.
Jorge Lopez, who was moved to the bullpen today, replaced Sparkman and pitched five innings. It’s kind of like a start, don’t you think? Coincidence? Lopez allowed three runs on five hits and struck out eight in his five innings.
Brad Boxberger pitched a perfect seventh for the Royals with one strikeout.
Ian Kennedy allowed a run in his only inning the very next half-inning after the Royals finally tied the game. Many were high on Kennedy as a relief pitcher early in the season after a small sample size of appearances. His ERA is now up to 4.37 with a WHIP of 1.46. That does not work as either a starter or a relief pitcher.