KANSAS CITY ROYALS (5) AT CHICAGO WHITE SOX (6)
The Royals lost yet another one-run game Friday night to fall five games behind Toronto for the last playoff spot. The Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox are the only teams behind the Royals in the American League. Pittsburgh is the only National League team with a worse record than the Royals. So that puts the Royals in the fourth spot for next June’s draft.
Player of the Game
Jorge Soler was 2-for-4 with a home run, and two runs batted in. The game moved Soler back ahead of Whit Merrifield and Hunter Dozier for the team lead in OPS among regular players.
Soler’s two-run home run in the seventh inning was a huge lift for the Royals but it didn’t lead to a win. Yasmani Grandal ended the game in the bottom of the ninth with a home run off of Ian Kennedy.
Alex Gordon had a rare three hit night. He was 3-for-5 and raised his batting average to .196 on the season.
Room for Improvement
Adalberto Mondesi was 0-for-5 once again. His batting average dropped to .205. Mike Matheny won’t pinch hit for Mondesi in late game situations similar to how Ned Yost let the Royals lose as they learned how to win and that eventually helped the Royals win a World Series. Mondesi was exceptional at the plate at times last season but this season has been completely different.
Ian Kennedy should not be pitching in games the Royals have a chance to win. This game was tied in the ninth inning after a late-game comeback and Matheny chose Kennedy to pitch. Kennedy was able to lose this game in just four pitches.
Brady Singer gets the start for the Royals Saturday at 1:10pm at Chicago. Dylan Cease takes the mound for the White Sox.
IN THE NEWS…
– There is a report that the Big Ten is looking at starting football around Thanksgiving instead of after the first of the year. Other reports are now saying that the delay in the Big Ten season was an intentional attempt by the Big Ten Commissioner, Kevin Warren, to blame President Trump and hurt him in the upcoming presidential election.
– The Chicago White Sox acquired OF Jarrod Dyson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for international signing money.
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