Royals bested by White Sox defense, Holland to have TJS

The KC Royals dropped the series opener to the host Chicago White Sox, 4-2.

While the Royals offense collected nine hits and hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth with two outs (Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales), the White Sox defense robbed them of a few more hits.

There was the catch by Trayce Thompson to end the seventh with the White Sox clinging to a one-run lead and the Royals having the tying run on third base:


There was a line drive catch by third baseman Mike Olt for the final out in the eighth with runners on first and second base:


The Royals received a quality start from Johnny Cueto, who will also start the final game of the season on Sunday at Minnesota. That will put him in line to start Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Cueto allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings. He did allow a two-run home run to the hated Adam Eaton.

Danny Duffy followed with a scoreless seventh before Joba Chamberlain allowed a run in the eighth (a walk and an RBI double).


*In worse news, Royals closer Greg Holland will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday. He will miss the entire 2016 season.


About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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