The White Sox came into Wednesday's matchup with the Kansas City Royals looking to grab that oh so elusive first win in the second half of the season. After yet another disheartening loss, it is safe the team needs a spark to get them back on track. Ozzie Guillen shared a similar concern on White Sox Postgame Live, suggesting that something needs to be done to get the White Sox back on track.
Kansas City struck first on Wednesday--as they did in the two previous games this series--scoring 2 runs in the 1st.
White Sox starter Ivan Nova struggled mightily with his control in this one. Nova's final line was: 6 H, 5 BB, 6 ER in 4.2 innings pitched. The White Sox bullpen put out a decent effort--a combination of Jace Fry, Alex Colome, and Kelvin Herrera--pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 6 hits and one run. But by the time Fry entered in relief of Nova in the bottom of the 5th, the Sox were down 5-0 and Fry himself gave up the lone relief run on a Nicky Lopez single to make the score 6-0 Royals heading into the sixth.
The White Sox mounted an impressive last-ditch comeback effort led by pinch-hitter AJ Reed and new Sox shortstop Ryan Goins but alas it was too little, too late. Goins led off the scoring for the White Sox with a two-run homer in the top of the 6th for his first hit as a member of the White Sox.
Ryan Goins is the 37th player to homer in his #WhiteSox debut. First since Matt Skole on May 28, 2018— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) July 18, 2019
It was a heck of a first game for Goins, who joined the White Sox from the Triple-A Charlotte
(Knights) on Wednesday. He went 2-for-3 at the plate, helping contribute to Chicago's 10 hits on the evening. After Goins' two-run blast, the Chicago offense went quiet until the very end.
In the 9th inning, Welington Castillo struck out swinging with Jon Jay and Jose Abreu already on-base. With Ryan Cordell up to bat next, White Sox manager Rick Renteria chose to pinch-hit for Cordell with another new member of the Sox, 26-year old AJ Reed.
The hope is that Reed will bring some solid production to the DH spot for the struggling Sox and he took a big step in the right direction on Wednesday night.
There's that AJ Reed power 💪 pic.twitter.com/yIUd4hzCgI— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) July 18, 2019
Reed's massive 436-foot homer was a three-run blast that cut the deficit down to two runs and also created a neat piece of history in the process.
Ryan Goins & A.J. Reed both hit their first #WhiteSox home runs tonight, so...— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) July 18, 2019
Different #WhiteSox players to hit a home run all-time: 648*
Different #Blackhawks players to score a goal all-time: 648*
*regular season only
Ryan Goins & A.J. Reed both hit their first #WhiteSox home run in the same game.— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) July 18, 2019
The last time a pair of players both hit their first White Sox homer in the same game? April 12 at Yankee Stadium - Eloy Jiménez & James McCann
Despite the fact that Goins and Reed both hit their first home runs as members of the White Sox, Chicago came up short as the rally stopped at Reed's three-run homer. Following Reed's at-bat, the Royals brought in Ian Kennedy to face Yolmer Sánchez. Kennedy notched the save for the Royals after getting Sánchez to line out on six pitches, sealing the White Sox season-high six-straight loss.
Fortunately for the White Sox, they will have the chance to get some payback right away, with their series with Kansas City coming to a close on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. CST.