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.