The KC Royals lost against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, 7-3. The two teams combined to hit six home runs and the Royals committed four errors. However, only one of the errors cost the Royals a run.
The Royals kicked the game off with a homer of their own, a leadoff homer from Raul Mondesi (his second this spring). They tacked on another run in the 3rd inning on a Jorge Soler sac fly.
Royals starter Jason Hammel was cruising until the fifth when he allowed a one out single. He attempted to pick the runner off, but his throw got away from first baseman Ryan O’Hearn for a two-base error. Yoan Moncada followed with a two-run home run to chase Hammel from the game (4.1IP, 5H, 2R, 0BB, 5K).
Malcom Culver got out of the fifth, but allowed back-to-back homers in the sixth (the first was a two-run shot from Avisail Garcia). Kelvin Herrera fell victim to the home run ball in the seventh, as he allowed leadoff homer to Moncada. With one out, a fielding error by Whit Merrifeld at second base and a throwing error by Billy Burns in center put the runner on third base. An RBI double followed.
Mike Minor pitched a scoreless eighth, walking one.
On offense for the Royals, Jorge Bonifacio hit a solo homer in the eighth (his third this spring). Terrence Gore pinch-ran in the eighth and stole second base, but then was thrown out trying to steal third base.
*Good news coming out of Royals camp today: Salvador Perez‘ knee is fine. They are more concerned about his left elbow, which he apparently hyper-extended when colliding with Butera in the World Baseball Classic.