After a scheduled rest day on Friday and a postponement on Saturday, the White Sox hoped to get above .500 on Sunday with a win over the Royals for the first time in 2021.

After missed opportunities in the second and third inning, the White Sox finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth when Leury Garcia hit an RBI double down the left field line.

The White Sox held the lead for only half an inning when the Royals took the lead in the fifth on a single by Whit Merrifield.

The blemish ended a walk for White Sox starter Dylan Cez, who pitched 4.2 innings with one run allowed, three walks and six strikeouts.

Michael Kopech, who was absolutely filthy at the start of the 2021 season, came in and continued his excellent start to the 2021 season.

Kansas City took the lead when Andrew Benintendi hit an RBI single off White Sox reliever Aaron Bummer in the eighth.

With the White Sox trailing and still needing runs, Tony La Russa removed Andrew Vaughn from the lineup in favor of Adam Eaton with a runner on base in the bottom of the inning. Eaton finished the job, left two and put the White Sox back in the lead with a two-run home run.

Liam Hendricks took the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning for his second save in the White Sox tenue. But Royals first baseman Carlos Santana had other plans. A continued threat from Central led the visitors to end the ninth with a solo home run to bring the game to three.

As the game went into extra innings, flamethrower Garrett Hook took the mound for the White Sox. After a hit moved the designated runner from second to third base, the Royals played small ball. Another hit landed on Kroche, who threw the ball back to the ground, giving the Royals a lead they would not relinquish.

The White Sox remained quiet in their half of the extra inning, losing the series finale 4-3.

Punch marks

It was a game for the White Sox, who couldn’t get above .500. After a less than perfect start to the season, panic has set in among the fans, but that could change soon. The 2020 White Sox started 11-11, followed by a 25-5 run.

With so many injuries and a rough start from a bullpen that is just too talented to not do everything together, there should be no panic in the minds of White Sox fans. They could have a much worse record right now, and it’s unlikely they’ll be as good as they could be right now.

What now?

The White Sox have a chance to get back on the winning track when the Cleveland Indians come to town for a four-game series. Action begins tonight at 7:10 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Chicago+.

Stay tuned to the Sox On Tap podcast for afterthoughts and other White Sox analysis and commentary throughout the season.


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