For the third straight game, the White Sox bullpen was unable to hold off a late rally by Kansas City. Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Royals extended the White Sox losing streak to six games and gave the Royals a three-game sweep over the White Sox.
But the Royals weren't done with the White Sox just yet. They took to Twitter to offer their "support" to the struggling South-Siders, posting a GIF of White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera hugging Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer in a previous series, and asking if the White Sox need a hug. The tweet has since been deleted, but no need to fear, we have a screenshot for you.
Take a look.
The White Sox could use a lot more than a hug at this point.
Although this has been a difficult stretch, there are 111 games remaining in the season and the White Sox trail the Royals by only one game. These two teams play 13 more times before the season ends, so there is still plenty of baseball left to be played.
Hopefully what happened in Kansas City stays in Kansas City.
White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.
A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.
The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.
This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Tonight, White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte (44-52) will go head-to-head with the Pawtucket Red Sox (45-49) on NBC Sports Chicago at 6 p.m.
Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech (2-5, 4.88 ERA) faces William Cuevas (5-3, 3.21 ERA) at BB&T Ballpark. The flame-throwing Kopech is coming off an 11-strikeout performance in his last start when he completed six innings of work and allowed only four hits and one earned run.
Kopech has been inconsistent for the Knights this season, but leads the International League with a whopping 122 strikeouts. He had a forgettable month of June, when he went 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA, but he looks to be getting on the right track recently.
Charlotte’s batting lineup is highlighted by White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has performed well since his promotion from Double-A Birmingham in mid-June. The powerful hitter has a .283/.348/.483 slash line with three home runs in 60 at-bats with the Knights.
Reliever Ian Hamilton (2.71 ERA), who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 18 White Sox prospect, has served as the team’s closer since his June promotion to Triple-A. The 23-year-old has converted four of five save opportunities with Charlotte, making him a player to monitor during tonight’s game. He has 10 strikeouts with only two walks in 9 2/3 innings.