Royals shoot for sweep of White SoxAug 19, 2012 - 3:22 PM
Bruce Chen (9-10) picked up the victory for Kansas City in last night's 9-4 win after throwing six strong innings and surrendering only two runs, five hits and a walk.
Offensively, third baseman Mike Moustakas clubbed a three-run homer and knocked in four runs overall, Billy Butler finished with three RBI, Alcides Escobar had four hits and scored three times and Eric Hosmer added a solo shot to help the Royals win for the fourth time in their last five games.
Butler's team-leading RBI total is now at 79 while Escobar's batting average is .309. Johnny Giavotella returned to the majors for the first time since June to replace the injured Chris Getz. Giavotella, who is a highly touted prospect, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the victory.
Jeremy Guthrie will hope to get the same level of run support today as he takes the hill for the sweep-seeking Royals. Kansas City's starting right- hander has not needed much offense to get through his past two outings as he comes in riding a string of 15 shutout innings in back-to-back triumphs over Chicago and Oakland. Guthrie held the A's to three singles and two walks while striking out eight in Tuesday's 5-0 win.
"You're not a No. 1 starter for four years and start Opening Day just for nothing," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I just felt, along with Dayton [Moore, general manager] that three or four starts would get him back on track, and he's definitely on track. You look at it and you see this is not fluky stuff -- it could be extended out, start after start."
The improved performance by Guthrie is relieving after he posted a 7.71 ERA in his first three starts with the club after being acquired in a trade from Colorado on July 19.
Chicago will counter with Jose Quintana, who has been on a hot streak himself. The left-handed rookie lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowed two runs on eight hits, walked two, and struck out four in the team's 3-2 win over Toronto on Tuesday night. His current ERA dropped to 2.77 after surrendering only two runs in back-to-back games.
"I have made a couple corrections in some of my pitches and all in all, I think that adjustment has been helping me out," said Quintana, who added the adjustment was more to do with execution and pitch location as opposed to something mechanical. "I feel good, I've definitely never pitched this many innings but it's one of those things -- my arm feels good and I'm putting in the work and I feel that I can definitely go the distance,"
Quintana is winless against the Royals in two starts this year. He allowed just two runs in a 2-1 loss to Kansas City earlier this month.
The White Sox, who lead the AL Central by 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit, need to up their offensive production to avoid the sweep. The team has scored just 13 runs in its last five meetings with Kansas City. Adam Dunn hit his 400th career home run in Saturday's loss. Dunn leads the team with 35 home runs and 83 RBI for the season.
Paul Konerko also hit his 400th career home run earlier this season. No other teammates have reached the 400 home run milestone in the same season in MLB history.
Dunn is just 1-for-10 with five strike outs in his career versus Guthrie.
Kansas City is 7-4 against the White Sox this season.
- CHICAGO: 2
KANSAS CITY: 5
Aug 19 4:55 PM
- Lorenzo Cain singled to right scoring Eric Hosmer with two outs. On the play, Johnny Giavotella advances to third. Runners on first and third and Alcides Escobar due up.
White Sox 2, Royals 5 Bot 8, 2 OutsAug 19 4:49 PM
- Johnny Giavotella grounded into a fielder's choice, third to catcher, scoring Mike Moustakas on A.J. Pierzynski's throwing error with two out. On the play, Eric Hosmer advances to third and Salvador Perez out at home. Runners on first and third and Lorenzo Cain due up.
White Sox 2, Royals 4 Bot 8, 2 OutsAug 19 4:48 PM
- Salvador Perez singled to center scoring Jarrod Dyson with none out. On the play, Salvador Perez advances to second on the throw. Runner on second with none out and Mike Moustakas due up.
White Sox 2, Royals 3 Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 19 4:30 PM
- DeWayne Wise reached on Eric Hosmer's fielding error scoring Dayan Viciedo and Ray Olmedo with two outs. On the play, DeWayne Wise advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Gordon Beckham due up.
White Sox 2, Royals 2 Top 8, 2 OutsAug 19 4:19 PM
- Salvador Perez doubled to left scoring Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar with one out. On the play, Billy Butler advances to third. Runners on second and third and Mike Moustakas due up.
White Sox 0, Royals 2 Bot 6, 1 OutAug 19 3:41 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
KANSAS CITY: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
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