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Royals get shut out by White Sox in first game of doubleheader

The month of April did not let up on the Royals, who on Saturday afternoon opened a doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium with an 8-0 loss to the White Sox.

It was their 15th defeat in 17 games. Their record is 5-20, a number that matches the worst 25-game start in club history. They lost their fifth game in a row.

And this time it wasn’t the White Sox’s Matt Davidson who supplied the lasting blow. It was rookie Daniel Palka, an offseason waiver pickup who hadn’t recorded a major-league hit in his previous eight at-bats.

"He was pretty good," said Royals starting pitcher Trevor Oaks.

Palka, a left-handed hitter, had a nearly perfect day at the plate. He went 4 for 5 with a double and a home run. He might not have gotten an opportunity to hit the home run had it not been for an odd set of circumstances.

The Royals' Burch Smith had just replaced left-handed reliever Eric Stout, who had left runners in scoring position with one out, in the seventh inning. Moments earlier, it had appeared the White Sox would send Trayce Thompson, a right-handed hitter, to the plate in Palka’s place. Thompson had been limbering up on-deck before Royals manager Ned Yost called Smith out of the bullpen.

The problem: Palka strode into the batter’s box instead. Thompson had never been announced as the pinch-hitter.

"That was my fault," Yost said. "I saw the pinch-hitter. We had Burch Smith ready for (Tim Anderson, who followed Palka in the lineup). So when I saw the pinch-hitter, I told (pitching coach Cal Eldred) see if Smith is ready now.

"I sent (catcher) Drew (Butera) out to the mound to buy a little time. ... By the time I went out there, I just took for granted that they had announced it when they hadn’t."

The move didn't break the game, as the Royals already trailed 5-0 and had been held in check offensively by the White Sox pitching staff.

But the errant Smith-Palka matchup resulted in a 427-foot home run by Palka that landed in the Pepsi Porch at right-center field and extended the White Sox's lead by three runs.

The Royals never recovered. White Sox starter Carson Fulmer, who issued three walks and only allowed four hits in seven innings, earned his second win of the season.

Oaks, in his major-league debut, took the loss. He departed the game after five innings, through which he labored to keep the White Sox off base. Although they mustered fairly weak contact, the dozen hits they got off him amounted to five runs on Oaks' ledger.

Three scored on one swing from Yolmer Sanchez, who rocketed a bases-clearing double to left field in the fourth inning. Trying to stretch the hit into a triple, Sanchez was thrown out by left fielder Alex Gordon for the first out of the inning. The White Sox, who had strung together five hits to open the frame, were then set down in order.

"Looking back at it, I think I can make some different pitches there and execute a little bit better and keep the ball down," Oaks said. "I’m gonna learn from a lot of this. I think it’s a good first start, and I’m gonna move forward and do the best I can to get back up here."

The Royals, who were outhit 15-6, never got any momentum going after squandering a bases-loaded opportunity in the first inning. Salvador Perez, Lucas Duda and Jorge Soler all reached base with two outs, but they were stranded when Jon Jay lofted a fly-ball to deep right field.

“I was hoping he’d get enough of it, give us a nice little lead to work off of," Yost said.

Instead, the Royals were shut out for the first time this season.

White Sox 8, Royals 0

(game 1 of doubleheader)

ChicagoAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Moncada 2b

5

1

2

1

0

1

.271

Sanchez 3b

5

0

2

3

0

0

.287

Abreu 1b

3

0

0

0

2

0

.272

Delmonico lf

4

1

0

0

1

2

.231

Davidson dh

5

1

3

0

0

1

.259

Castillo c

4

0

0

0

0

3

.234

a-Narvaez ph-c

1

0

0

0

0

1

.133

Palka rf

5

3

4

3

0

0

.308

Anderson ss

4

1

2

0

0

0

.280

Garcia cf

4

1

2

1

0

0

.240

Totals40

8

15

8

3

8



Kansas CityAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Merrifield 2b

4

0

0

0

0

1

.250

Moustakas 3b

4

0

0

0

0

0

.299

Perez dh

3

0

1

0

1

0

.238

Duda 1b

4

0

1

0

0

2

.221

Soler rf

3

0

1

0

1

0

.294

Jay cf

4

0

1

0

0

1

.245

Escobar ss

3

0

0

0

1

0

.195

Gordon lf

4

0

2

0

0

0

.238

Butera c

3

0

0

0

0

1

.170

Totals32

0

6

0

3

5



Chicago

010

400

300

8

15

0

Kansas City

000

000

000

0

6

0

a-struck out for Castillo in the 9th.

LOB: Chicago 8, Kansas City 8. 2B: Sanchez (5), Davidson (4), Palka (1), Perez (1). HR: Palka (1), off Smith. RBIs: Moncada (13), Sanchez 3 (14), Palka 3 (4), Garcia (6).

Runners left in scoring position: Chicago 3 (Moncada, Castillo, Anderson); Kansas City 6 (Duda, Jay 2, Gordon, Butera 2). RISP: Chicago 5 for 9; Kansas City 0 for 6. Runners moved up: Escobar. GIDP: Castillo, Merrifield. DP: Chicago 1 (Anderson, Moncada, Abreu); Kansas City 1 (Moustakas, Merrifield, Duda).

Chicago

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Fulmer W, 2-1

7

4

0

0

3

3

109

4.32

Beck

2

2

0

0

0

2

31

3.60

Kansas City

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Oaks L, 0-1

5

12

5

5

1

4

87

9.00

Stout

11/3

2

2

2

1

1

23

13.50

Smith

22/3

1

1

1

1

3

38

3.38

Inherited runners-scored: Smith 2-2.

Umpires: Home, Greg Gibson; First, Jordan Baker; Second, Sean Barber; Third, Jerry Layne. Time: 2:49. Att: 16,971.

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