The Royals will not be going 162-0 this season.
On Sunday, the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-3 which gave the Royals their first loss of the season. Lucas Giolito continued to own Kansas City despite his terrible record against nearly everyone else.
However, if you are looking at the bright side, the Royals took the series. They didn’t get one of these until May 6 last year. Add that in to the fact that it only took two games in 2019 to get their first series win is a sign of better things to come.
Jorge Lopez tried to go toe-to-toe with Giolito, but Chicago broke through in the fourth inning thanks to back-to-back homers from Jose Abreu and Yonder Alonso. However, it got much worse in the sixth. Lopez gave up a single, double, and then a walk which loaded the bases with nobody out, so he was pulled for Tim Hill.
Hill didn’t do much better. He walked the first two men he faced which extended the White Sox lead to 4-0. It is becoming increasingly difficult for the Royals to find reliable bullpen arms early in the season.
On the flip side, they may have found that later on. In the eighth inning, Kyle Zimmer came in and made his long-awaited MLB debut. He struck out two and only allowed one baserunner in his first inning of MLB action. It was awesome to see him in the big leagues especially after everything he’s been through. Zimmer is, without a doubt, the Royals highest-ceiling reliever and could become the closer at some point.
After Chicago added two more in the seventh to make it 6-0, Giolito’s bid for a no-hitter ended. Alex Gordon banged a single up the middle followed by a Ryan O’Hearn RBI double which brought Gordon home. The Royals added another run in the seventh thanks to Lucas Duda’s RBI single that trimmed the deficit to 6-2.
Facing former Royal Kelvin Herrera, Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 23 games with an infield single in the eighth inning. It is the fourth longest streak in team history.
Adalberto Mondesi tacked on an RBI single in the eighth inning to make it 6-3 but that was the closest the Royals came.