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White Sox fall to Royals 3-2 in 14 innings

White Sox fall to Royals 3-2 in 14 innings

KANSAS CITY -- David Robertson and the White Sox bullpen failed to put the Kansas City Royals away again on Wednesday night.

Robertson blew a lead in his third straight appearance at Kauffman Stadium and the White Sox eventually fell to the Royals 3-2 in 14 innings in front of 25,188. Lorenzo Cain’s two-out RBI single off Matt Albers sent the White Sox to their sixth loss in nine games. The White Sox, who stranded 12 base runners, have lost four of five meetings in Kansas City this season despite leading into the seventh inning in each game.

“It’s frustrating,” Robertson said. “Guys did a great job of coming back there in the (11th inning), and then I came in and just screwed it all up. I really needed to get it done right there.  I didn’t make enough good pitches. I left balls over the plate. You walk the leadoff guy he’s going to score.

“I’m frustrated with myself, more frustrated that I let the team down. We all needed this one. I have to be better.”

Cain’s two-out single to center off Albers drove in Christian Colon, who started the 14th inning with a single and moved up on a sac bunt. It arrived three innings after Robertson blew his sixth save in 33 tries and fourth in his last eight. Robertson -- who received a four-year, $46-million contract before the 2015 season -- also blew a save here in Tuesday night’s victory and surrendered a six-run, ninth-inning lead to the Royals back in May.

He opened the 11th inning with a six-pitch walk of Eric Hosmer, who advanced into scoring position on Jarrod Dyson’s sac bunt. Salvador Perez then tied it with a one-out double to right center.

Robertson, who had a 3.22 ERA through July 17, has allowed nine earned runs and 11 hits in 11 innings since. Those appearances have all come after Robertson was sidelined for 12 days with a left leg strain.

“Leadoff walks are always going to hurt, especially in a one-run game as a closer,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “That’s the first thing you look at and guys getting good swings at him first pitch. You have to be better, has to be sharper. We’re not telling him something he doesn’t feel.

“Arm wise and velocity wise he’s where he was, just not quite as sharp. The swings lefties are getting on him, maybe the cutter isn’t as big as it’s been and burying it inside.”

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Nate Jones also blew a lead in the eighth inning, which cost Jose Quintana win No. 10 despite 7 1/3 dominant innings. Cheslor Cuthbert’s RBI double on the first pitch he saw from Jones scored Paulo Orlando, who chased Quintana with a one-out double.

Quintana wound up with the 58th no decision of his career despite a fantastic outing.

He had the Royals out of sync all evening as he attacked the strike zone and allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five.

Quintana leads the majors in no decisions since 2012 with eight more than Cole Hamels and nine more than James Shields and Wei-Yin Chen.

The White Sox offense did Quintana no favors, either.

Aside from Shuck’s third-inning solo homer, they got nothing against Ian Kennedy. But it wasn’t because the White Sox didn’t have chances.

The White Sox stranded a pair of runners in the sixth, seventh, eighth, 10th and 11th innings, failing to add on to their one-run lead in the first three.

Tim Anderson briefly put the White Sox back ahead in the top of the 11th with a two-out, opposite-field RBI single just over Eric Hosmer’s glove to make it a 2-1 game. But Royals relievers retired the last 10 White Sox hitters they faced.

The White Sox finished 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

“Both teams had a lot of opportunities,” Ventura said. “You feel for Q. Every guy came in after one inning and seemed spent. It was hot out there.

“It’s a tough one when you go 14 and know you had a chance to put it away a couple different times and couldn’t do it.”

Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

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Saturday's White Sox-Tigers game postponed due to rain; makeup scheduled for August

The White Sox and Tigers were likely to start Saturday's game (12:10 p.m. CT) in a rain delay. Instead, the game has been pushed back altogether.

With rain expected all afternoon in Detroit, Saturday's game has been postponed. A makeup is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 12:10 p.m. as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

According to a press release, all paid tickets from Saturday's game will be valid for the first game of the doubleheader.

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A deeper look at why Yoan Moncada is off to a hot start this season

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A deeper look at why Yoan Moncada is off to a hot start this season

Yoan Moncada continued his hot start to the season with a leadoff home run in Detroit on Friday.

He finished with two hits and a bases-loaded walk in a 7-3 White Sox win.

Moncada’s base numbers are all up this season. He is hitting .325 with a 1.002 OPS and a team-leading six home runs. Beyond that, a deeper look at the numbers show why Moncada’s production is up.

Moncada didn’t show much, if any, improvement in 2018 from 2017. Most of his numbers across the board were similar or slightly worse.

Moncada was patient at the plate, but maybe too patient in his first two seasons with the White Sox. He led the majors with 217 strikeouts last season and 85 of those were strikeouts looking. So far this season, Moncada is yet to strikeout looking.

This season, Moncada is swinging at more pitches both in the strike zone and overall, which is leading to a lower strikeout rate. A look at the advanced stats from FanGraphs shows Moncada swung at 63.9 percent of pitches in the zone in both 2017 and 2018 (these numbers are before Friday's game). That number is up to 69.1 percent this season. On top of that, Moncada is making more contact on those swings on pitches in the zone (up to 86.5 percent this season after 77.5 percent in 2017 and 79.8 percent in 2018).

His strikeout rate (32 percent in 2017, 33.4 percent in 2018) is way down at 24.1 percent. Strikeouts were the biggest red flag for Moncada last year. By being more aggressive this season, Moncada has been able to cut way down on that number.

His power has gone way up as well. He already has 12 extra base hits (in 82 plate appearances) and his home run on Friday was an absolute bomb. Moncada took it deep for 458 feet. That’s the longest White Sox home run of the season and is tied for the eighth longest home run in the majors this season.


He later showed that despite being more aggressive, he still has that plate discipline that was such a big part of what made him a coveted prospect in the first place. He drew a five-pitch bases loaded walk in which he did not swing the bat.

No matter how it's happening, Moncada’s turnaround has been one of the most important things in the young White Sox season.

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