Apr 4, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Erik Johnson (45) delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox Drop Second Straight


Since 2010, the White Sox have a 32-41 record against the Kansas City Royals, which is the second-worst record against an AL Central opponent (Detroit: 26-47 since ’10). The Sox picked up their 42nd loss against the Royals since 2010 on Friday afternoon with a 7-5 loss in their 2014 road opener at Kauffman Stadium.

The White Sox led 1-0 after a half-inning thanks to Jose Abreu’s sacrifice fly that brought in Adam Eaton. After a three-run double by Alex Gordon in the bottom half of the first inning, the Royals led 3-1 and never looked back.

At one point in the game, the Sox trailed 7-2, but scored three runs in innings six and seven to cut the Kansas City lead to 7-5. Adam Eaton continued his solid start in his first season on the South Side with a two-run single in the sixth inning.

Erik Johnson‘s first start of 2014 wasn’t exactly the start to the year for the White Sox top-rated prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com. In 4 2/3 innings pitched on Friday, Johnson gave up 10 hits, seven runs (all earned), three walks and struck out two on 98 pitches. Johnson struggled even to get out of the first inning after a 24-pitch start to the game. He gave up the bases-clearing double to Gordon and struggled from then on.

 

Side notes:

-White Sox C Tyler Flowers is 7-for-8 in his last two games at the plate after a three-hit performance today. In 14 at-bats this season, Flowers has eight hits.

-Jose Abreu has six RBI’s in his first four games for the White Sox. Abreu is 5-for-16 on the year (.313) with those five hits (3 XBH).

-Nate Jones was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday due to a hip muscle strain. The Sox called up Jake Petricka, who gave up two hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings pitched against the Royals. Petricka was called up from Triple-A Charlotte.

-Even with a tiny sample of four games, the fight shown from this White Sox club in 2014 so far has been encouraging. The Sox have shown good determination to hang around in games early on this season, which wasn’t seen too much in 2013.

 

Sox Fact of the Day:

Before Friday’s game in Kansas City, CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes provided a fun fact about Alejandro De Aza‘s hot start:

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