Ending a very brief undefeated season, the Chicago White Sox dropped the series’ finale 3-1 to the Kansas City Royals Thursday afternoon.
There isn’t a much better way to say it other than that Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie is simply dominant over the White Sox. In his career, he has only given up two runs over 35 2/3 innings to the Sox. The Southsiders struck out nine times during the game, seven coming from Dayan Viciedo and Adam Dunn. If this isn’t troubling enough, Alejandro de Aza’s error in the fifth inning marked their third outfielder error in two games.
Not unlike many games in September of last season, the Sox had issues with runners in scoring position. They stranded nine and were only 1-6 with men on second and third. De Aza alone left six on base. Despite the outcomes of the first two games, the Sox can’t live on home runs alone. Obviously when a team gets eight hits in a game, their run production should be higher than just one. Gordon Beckham can say he did his part since half of those eight hits were his. Unfortunately Guthrie’s stellar performance didn’t give them many chances and when he did, the Sox just could not bring anyone home.
There are promising things to take away from this game, however. The main one is Gavin Floyd’s pitching. Floyd went six innings, allowing two earned runs. He left after a solid 94 pitches. It is very early to make any sort of assumptions, but the quality of the Sox pitching throughout this series needs to be mentioned. First Sale shutout the Royals on Opening Day. This was followed by Peavy allowing only one earned run and then Floyd today. Letting up five runs over three games is not bad at all, especially considering the Royals were one of Spring Training’s hottest teams.
The Sox will host the Seattle Mariners this weekend and will try to jump out to an early lead in the AL Central.