Not so much for Dallas Keuchel and the Chicago White Sox.
Lynch pitched 6 well-baked innings, and the Royals handed the White Sox their eighth straight loss with a 6-0 victory Tuesday dark.
“I felt like I commanded the ball actually well,” Lynch said. “I did what I wanted to.”
Bobby Witt Jr. had 2 hits and Carlos Santana collection in ii runs, helping Kansas City stop a four-game slide. The Royals were outscored 22-12 in a sweep at Seattle over the weekend.
Lynch (2-1) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked two. The left-hander, who made his big league debut well-nigh a year ago, too pitched shutout brawl in his previous start, working into the 6th in a 2-0 win over Minnesota last week.
“It's just amazing from a year ago where he is right now,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “How his demeanor, his rhythm, his repeatability, that'southward really a thing that you lot come across the nearly is he is repeating mechanics that are letting him repeat inside the zone and outside. He had everything today.”
Chicago'south best scoring gamble against Lynch occurred in the fourth, when Jake Burger flied out to the warning track in left with Yasmani Grandal aboard after a leadoff double.
The White Sox issued 11 walks and committed two more than errors, running their major league-leading total to 20. Showtime baseman José Abreu dropped a throw in the fourth, leading to 2 unearned runs. Shortstop Tim Anderson flubbed a grounder in the 8th for his seventh error in his last half dozen games.
It's the longest losing streak for Chicago since it also dropped eight in a row in June 2018.
“If you accept talent like this and you accept to become after guys to get started or they’re walking around smiling or not working, then you’ve got the wrong people,” manager Tony La Russa said. "We’ve got the right people. So we’ll be all right. The sooner the better though, considering we’re not having whatever fun.”
Keuchel (1-2) worked four innings in his 2d straight loss, allowing two runs and 2 hits. The lefty struck out two and walked 5 for the reigning AL Fundamental champions.
“Nosotros’re besides skillful of a team to really feel bad nigh ourselves or get downwards, so nosotros’ll have to pick it back up and eventually we will,” Keuchel said. “Just a matter of volition it be tomorrow or hopefully the side by side day.”
Kansas City put the game away with four runs in the sixth, sending 10 batters to the plate. Witt doubled and scored on Michael A. Taylor'due south sacrifice fly. Andrew Benintendi collection in a run with an unusual fielder's pick, and Santana made it 6-0 with a two-run single against Kyle Crick.
Benintendi's bases-loaded fly ball to left dropped in front of Andrew Vaughn, who threw to third for the forceout as Edward Olivares scored.
Taylor Clarke got three outs for Kansas City before Brady Vocalist finished the five-hitter.
Royals: SS Adalberto Mondesi exited in the sixth considering of left genu discomfort. “He's sore, but they didn't retrieve anything structural,” Matheny said. “Probably become another wait at it in the forenoon.”
White Sox: OF Eloy Jiménez had surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon behind his right genu. He is expected to exist sidelined for half-dozen to viii weeks. Jiménez got hurt during Sabbatum’s 9-two loss at Minnesota when he stretched for offset base while running out a grounder to third. ... CF Luis Robert (groin strain) and 3B Yoán Moncada (correct oblique strain) ran the bases earlier the game. Robert could return as soon equally Midweek, and Moncada could start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte as soon as this weekend.
Correct-handers Zack Greinke (0-1, 2.25 ERA) and Dylan Finish (ii-1, 3.38) pitch on Wednesday afternoon. Greinke tossed v innings of ane-run brawl in Kansas City's 1-0 loss to Minnesota on Thursday. The 38-yr-onetime Greinke is four-0 with a iii.28 ERA in his terminal six starts against Chicago. Terminate permitted four runs and eight hits in 5 1/iii innings in a 6-iii loss at Cleveland last calendar week.
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