Royals-White Sox Preview
Adam Dunn hasn’t given Chicago White Sox fans much reason to
cheer, but after a key hit in his last game, he’s hoping he’s
finally turned the corner.
Dunn and the White Sox will try to move over .500 for the first
time in more than two months when they continue their series
against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Chicago (43-43) signed Dunn after he hit 116 home runs his last
three years, but he’s batting .171 with an American League-worst
He came into Monday 2 for 37 with 20 strikeouts in the previous
11 games, but he had two hits – including a two-run homer in the
eighth – as Chicago defeated Kansas City (34-51) on a walkoff
“I hadn’t hit one in so long I almost forgot,” said Dunn about
his first homer since June 12 and eighth overall.
The slugger raised his average at U.S. Cellular Field 13 points
to .139 with only his second multihit game there this year.
After Dunn gave Chicago a 4-3 lead, Eric Hosmer homered in the
ninth off closer Sergio Santos. Dunn was batting when Aaron Crow
balked home A.J. Pierzynski with the winning run with two outs.
“He just came up a little bit,” Pierzynski said. “It wasn’t
much, but I’ve seen it called a lot of times. … It was a good way
to win. Good comeback.”
The Royals, not surprisingly, disagreed with the call by plate
umpire Ed Rapuano.
“I understand if he drops the ball or blatantly moves, but he’s
calling him for flinching when he’s stepping back off the mound.
What the hell are you supposed to do? How are you supposed to step
off? It’s a disappointing call,” Jeff Francoeur said.
With the victory, the White Sox moved back to .500 for the
second time in three days. They last had a winning record April 15
The Royals have lost 12 of 15 and failed to build on a 16-8 win
over Colorado on Sunday. Francoeur got the Royals off to another
quick start with a two-run homer in the first, while Hosmer’s homer
was his second in as many days.
Kansas City will try to bounce back against Jake Peavy (4-1,
Peavy went six innings against Colorado on Thursday, giving up
four runs – three on a first-inning home run – in a 6-4, 10-inning
The right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.89 ERA against the Royals,
including 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in three starts last year.
Billy Butler is 4 for 10 with three homers against Peavy while
Francoeur is 4 for 12.
The Royals will turn to Felipe Paulino (0-2, 3.21), who will try
to avoid losing his third straight start. Paulino allowed four runs
and a season-high 11 hits in seven innings of a 4-2 loss to San
Diego last Tuesday.
Paulino has appeared in seven games with the Royals since being
acquired from Colorado. He has never faced the White Sox.
Kansas City has lost nine straight to AL Central rivals and is
9-17 in intradivision play.