CHICAGO — This was a streak in which the team had a chance to show the rest of American League Central that they are ready to defend their divisional championship.
Instead, three straight series against opponents from the AL Central produced the worst streak for the team in a few years.
The conclusion of those nine games was as painful as any in the past week and a half, as a chance for a win slipped away in extra innings against the Royals on Thursday afternoon.
The visitors hit for three runs with two out in the top of the tenth inning and the White Sox couldn’t respond as they were down 5-2 and dropped the series at Kansas City two games to one. That drops Tony La Russa’s squad to 7-11 this season as they drop to 3½ games behind the Twins for first place in AL Central.
During that streak against divisional opponents, the White Sox finished with a 1-9 record, with their only victory over the Royals on Wednesday. In total, the team has lost nine of its last ten games.
The White Sox had recovered from a 2-0 deficit in the final innings thanks to a homer in the sixth by Leury Garcia, his first of the season, and a sacrificial fly by AJ Pollock in the eighth. This forced extra innings, where things didn’t go the home side’s way.
The ending was especially painful as Aaron Bummer hit a second strikeout with a Mike Witt Jr. strikeout with the bases loaded. But a pass ball to receiver Reese McGuire netted a run and the runners advanced as the Royals took a 3-2 lead.
Kyle Isbel, who was at the plate when the pass call happened, then singled left to bring home two runs to make it 5-2. The White Sox would have no answer in the tenth as they lost the game and the series ended a terrible streak against division opponents.
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