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Royals are swept in Chicago in a 5-2 loss

Kansas City struggled to have success in their three-team road trip.

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CHICAGO, IL – MAY 21: Max Castillo #60 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 21, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago defeated Kansas City 5-2. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

During the road trip, Kansas City managed to get swept by two teams. They started their road trip in Milwaukee losing three to the Brewers. A trip to San Diego saw the Royals take two of three against the struggling Padres and the Royals then dropped three to Chicago. That two and seven road trip puts Kansas City 20 games below 500. Kansas City is now sitting at a 14-34 overall record.   

The only significant offense came in the second inning. Edward Olivares got on base with a simple swing hitting the ball right back up the middle. Michael Massy hit a home run against the White Sox, all three of his home runs have come against the white sox. 

The Royals used another bullpen day. Kansas City started the day with Carlos Hernandez. He was able to go two full innings. Hernandez struck out three batters and did not allow a base runner. 

The Royals then turned to Max Castillo. Castillo struggled on the day. He pitched four and two-thirds inning and allowed runs in three of those innings.   

The White Sox cut the lead in half with a solo home run by Luis Robert Jr. Castillo left a four-seam fastball over the heart of the plate and hit a home run out to right center field 384 feet.

The most damage was done in the bottom of the fifth inning. The inning started off with back-to-back singles and a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third. On his first pitch of the at-bat, Romy Gonzalez hit a two-run triple giving the White Sox the lead. Andrew Benintendi added one more run on the board with a sacrifice fly giving Chicago a two-run lead.

Andrew Benetinde added one more run with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. 

The White Sox pitching staff dominated the Royals during the series. Kansas City was only able to muster up three runs over the series. Kansas City struck out 28 times over the series and was never able to capitalize with runners in scoring position. All three runs came off the long ball.  

Royals manager Matt Quatraro said the losses against the White Sox are in large part due to the pitching staff of Chicago.

The Royals head home to start their next home stand. The home stand starts with three games against the Tigers. The first pitch is at 6:40. Brady Singer will get the start for Kansas City. 


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