White Sox sleepwalk way to loss to Royals

White Sox sleepwalk way to loss to Royals
July 26, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Aug. 1 can’t get here soon enough.

With rampant trade rumors likely affecting their play, the White Sox continued to sleepwalk toward the trade deadline in a 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Jose Quintana pitched well, but the White Sox failed to support him again as James Shields (5-7) stranded nine runners on base over seven shutout innings. Even though he lowered his ERA from 3.61 to 3.55, Quintana took the loss as the White Sox scored two runs or fewer for him for the 14 th time in 21 starts.

“He was sharp,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He’s been doing that lately. He’s a good pitcher and it’s just one of those where he doesn’t get really what he deserves.”

Quintana allowed a David Lough solo home run in the third inning and another run scored in the seventh on a Miguel Tejada sacrifice fly.

But the left-hander was otherwise untouched.

Quintana (5-2) allowed two earned runs and six hits while walking one and striking out five over seven innings.

The White Sox didn’t score until after he exited however, as they continued a season-long trend.

“I feel really good,” Quintana said. “My arm felt good and I had some good pitches. A close game, we just came on the other end. … But you also have to realize you’re facing a pretty good pitcher. The offense was there, we just couldn’t get the runs.”

Earlier this week Ventura said he thinks his team has been affected by all the rumors from the July 31 nonwaiver deadline.

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The White Sox only had three at-bats with runners in scoring position, all with two outs. Gordon Beckham flew out to deep center twice with two runners on and Josh Phegley grounded out with the bases loaded.

The White Sox also lost a runner on the bases as Alejandro De Aza was picked off in the fifth inning. It was the sixth time this season De Aza -- who has also been doubled off or run into an out eight times -- was picked off.

The White Sox scored their lone run in the eighth inning on a Conor Gillaspie solo home run, his ninth.

But they gave away any chance at a ninth-inning rally when Kansas City scored three times in the top of the inning.

Matt Lindstrom allowed three runs, three hits and walked a batter without recording an out. Defensive replacement Casper Wells dropped a fly ball to left field to allow the final run to score, the team’s 71st error of the season. Last season the White Sox committed 70 errors, fewest in the majors.

“Gordon hit two right on the nose,” Ventura said. “That’s just the way it goes. Unfortunately that’s the way it was tonight and then it late, it just kind of unravels.”