KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 19: Brent Lillibridge #18 of the Chicago White Sox slams his bat after striking out during the game against the Kansas City Royals on July 19, 2011 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

White Sox Lead Early But Fall To Royals Late, 4-2

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Jake Peavy's Bad Luck At Kauffman Continues

Like their North Side counterparts, the White Sox managed to blow a golden opportunity for a win on Tuesday night. Jake Peavy was hoping to turn his poor streak of starts at Kauffman Stadium around, but instead he ended up letting in the runs that sealed the loss for the Sox.

Danny Duffy, the Royals starter, had a rough first inning. He led off the game by hitting Juan Pierre, and then walked Alexei Ramirez before Paul Konerko struck out. Carlos Quentin and Alex Rios put together back-to-back RBI singles, and the White Sox found themselves with a 2-0 lead. But Duffy settled down after that, giving up no more runs and pitching seven total innings of five hit baseball. He walked two and struck out six.

Meanwhile, the Royals began chipping way at the lead. Peavy gave up hits to Eric Hosmer and Matt Treanor in the bottom of the second, which led to the Royals first run of the game. They would add to their total, and take the lead, in the sixth inning. There, a single to Billy Butler was followed by a double to Jeff Francoeur. An intentional walk to Eric Hosmer was followed by a single to Treanor, which plated Butler and Francoeur.

The Royals never looked back. After Peavy was replaced by Chris Sale, Melky Cabrera increased the lead to two with his twelfth home run of the season. The Sox couldn’t gain any traction against Brian Bruney and Joakim Soria, and the game ended with a final score of 4-2.

The rubber game of the series is on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 P.M., CDT.


Peavy Tries To Even Record At Kaufffman As Sox Take On Royals

The White Sox look to continue their run of good play as they prepare for an AL Central run with another game against divisional foe Kansas City on Tuesday night. Despite having a decent amount of success against the Royals this season, Sox starter Jake Peavy is just 1-2 with an ERA over 5 against Kansas City. He'll look to change that as he takes the mound for the Sox.

Peavy, 4-3 with a 5.27 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, is coming off a poor start against the Twins in which he took the loss after giving up five runs on ten hits and two walks over just 4.1 innings pitched. He only struck out two in that appearance. In his last game against Kansas City this season, Peavy threw six innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Jeff Francoeur is 2-for-3 against Peavy this season, while Alcides Escobar is 1-for-3 with a triple.

The Royals will send Danny Duffy to the mound to counter Peavy. Duffy, 1-4 with a 4.85 ERA and 1.65 WHIP, has been a bit of a hard luck loser for the Royals this year. In his last start he took the loss despite throwing well, giving up just two runs on four hits and one walk over six innings pitched, while striking out six. He has never pitched against the White Sox.

The weather in Kansas City is expected to be sunny and hot, with a game time temperature in the low 90's. First pitch is at 7:10 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WCIU and FSKC.

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