Chicago White Sox made costly mistakes in loss to Kansas City Royals – The Mercury News

Chicago White Sox starter Johnny Couto has pitched for winning teams throughout his career, including the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals.

After another night of missed opportunities in Wednesday’s 8-3 loss against the Royals at Kaufman Stadium, the Sox were left to consider what it would take to show the consistency that many have enjoyed throughout the year. was expected.

“I think we need to be more aggressive and we need to show more swagger,” Cueto said through an interpreter. “We need to go out there and play and work hard and show what we can do.

“We need to fight. We need to show the fight, we need to show the fire that we have – if we have them.”

The Sox aggressively scored three runs at the top of the sixth to take a two-run lead. The Royals tied the game in the bottom half of the sixth and went ahead on MJ Melendez’s single home run Jake Dieckman in the seventh. They got away with four in the eighth.

“I look at it like we had a two-run lead and that’s part of the game,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Sometimes we have rallies that start with a ball hitting the bag or blooper. It happened to them.”

The Sox went 1-0 down when they loaded the bases with one in the sixth.

Gavin Sheets, who flew to the left in a similar position in second, drove a grounder to second with an exhaust velocity of 106.1 mph. Michael Massey could not field the hard-hit ball cleanly, and scored two runs in the play, which was originally considered a hit, before turning into an error.

The Sox attacked for the third run on a two-out RBI single by Josh Harrison.

The Royals responded with two in the bottom of the sixth.

Bobby Witt Jr reached an infield single, defeating the throw from third after a minor double clutch by Yoann Moncada. Witt scored from the first on Salvador Perez’s double.

Perez moved to third place on a throwing error by Moncada, who made a fine fielding play on Hunter Dozier’s grounder but threw to first baseman Jose Abreu. Perez scored on a two-out single by Messi.

“I fought,” Cueto said. “Just two ground balls that unfortunately Moncada couldn’t finish those plays. But I kept fighting. I did what I could.”

Cueto allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

“Part of baseball,” said La Russa. “And he almost got out of it. It’s a tough way to get people on base. A tough way to drop runs from Johnny’s perspective.”

Diekman has been dominant since the Sox acquired him in a trade from the Boston Red Sox on August 1, retiring 10 of 12 batsmen who suffered six strikeouts in his first four outings.

He left Melendez on a 1-2 pitch to homer.

The Royals added insurance runs in the eighth against Jimmy Lambert, who had not allowed a run in his previous 12 outings.

“Diekman made a mistake and (Melendez) hit it out of the park,” La Russa said. “And then it got away from us in the eighth inning. Lambert wasn’t pitching that way. He’s still very good. As soon as he rests, he will be there again.”

The Sox didn’t build anything aggressively outside of the sixth. While Royals starter Chris Bubic did not factor in the decision, he reduced his career ERA against the Sox to 2.72 in seven outings (six starts) after allowing one earned run on seven hits in 5⅔ innings.

“You see all your life, this man has been tough on us,” said La Russa. “We got three, I was proud of that. Even the first time Sheets hit the ball into left field, he could not score. And he shot (in the sixth). (He) did well against us but we had a chance to win that match. Just got away from us.”

The Sox fell back in the game above .500 at 56-55. They are third in the American League Central, 2½ games out of first place.

“Not now,” La Russa said of maintaining success, “that doesn’t mean you can’t and won’t.”

He believes it’s still coming for the Sox.

“Because I know what’s in here,” he said. “If we didn’t have that, we would have been buried long ago. The fact that we are still fighting and fighting tells you that we can do something good that is persistent.

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