KANSAS CITY -- Salvador Perez hit a game-tying two-run homer, while Mike Moustakas and Brandon Moss also went deep in a five-run sixth inning that propelled the Royals to a 7-2 win over the White Sox on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals, who hit five home runs in the series-clinching victory, have won four in a row and remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Indians in the American League Central. The White Sox have lost eight straight games.
KANSAS CITY -- The catch that White Sox center fielder Adam Engel made to take away extra bases from Eric Hosmer in the sixth inning of Saturday night's 7-2 loss to the Royals was made possible by Engel's batting practice work.
"You get reads in batting practice. I would say that's probably the biggest thing that helps most outfielders," said Engel, who saved a run with Lorenzo Cain on first and none out, only to have the Royals hit three home runs in the inning off reliever David Holmberg.
It will be a battle of left-handers when White Sox southpaw Derek Holland opposes Royals starter Travis Wood in Sunday's series finale at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals, who have won four in a row, including the first two games of this series, are tied with the Twins for second place as both sit 1 1/2 games back of the first-place Indians in the American League Central.
KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez soon might force the White Sox hand on a promotion to the Major League club just as second baseman Yoan Moncada did before him with Triple-A Charlotte.
Factoring in the one run allowed on two hits over six hits on Friday, Lopez has posted a 1.71 ERA with 39 strikeouts over his last 31 2/3 innings for the Knights. The 35th-ranked prospect overall by MLBPipeline.com, acquired as part of the Adam Eaton deal with the Nationals, has a 1.80 ERA with 25 strikeouts and five walks over four July starts.
The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.
The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida.
KANSAS CITY -- White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada did a week's worth of work in three innings during Friday night's 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Royals in only his second Major League game with the South Siders.
Ranked as the No. 1 prospect overall by MLBPipeline.com, Moncada, who finished 0-for-2 with a walk in his debut on Wednesday against the Dodgers, grounded out in the second off of Royals starter Ian Kennedy to score Avisail Garcia with his first RBI and second of his career.
KANSAS CITY -- Whit Merrifield hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Royals a 7-6 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. The walk-off was the second of Merrifield's career.
With the win, the Royals moved into a second-place tie with the Twins in the American League Central -- both clubs sitting 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Indians. The White Sox, after blowing a 5-1 lead early on against the Royals, lost their seventh straight.
KANSAS CITY -- It was exactly one year ago when Rick Hahn uttered the phrase "mired in mediocrity" to describe the state of the White Sox, with the team standing at 46-49 and 10 1/2 games out in the American League Central.
CHICAGO -- After being acquired from St. Louis, Charlie Tilson's career with the White Sox started with a single to right against Detroit's Anibal Sanchez leading off the third inning at Comerica Park on Aug. 2, 2016.
Since Tilson's one and only big league hit, the native of Winnetka, Ill., has dealt with the most trying year of his professional life. Tilson suffered a torn left hamstring chasing a fly ball in the fifth inning of that same game and underwent season-ending surgery.
CHICAGO -- The numbers tell Tony Reagins that the population of baseball players across the United States continues to grow.
But making sure that African-American players have a viable way to join those ranks is something that continues to be an issue because of existing economic restraints. Reagins -- the former Angels general manager who has served as MLB's senior vice president of youth programs since 2015 -- said Thursday that too many times, young people from African-American communities don't have access to baseball fields and equipment, which prevents them from being able to participate.
No organization currently features more high-end talent in its farm system than the White Sox. That was evident on Thursday, as a host of the South Siders' top prospects turned in big performances across three different levels.
Most notably, No. 8 overall prospectEloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2) went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of doubles for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. It was the 20-year-old outfielder's ninth home run this season and his first as a member of the White Sox after he was acquired from the Cubs last week in the Jose Quintana trade. No. 68 overall prospect Zack Collins (White Sox No. 7) also went deep for Winston-Salem, giving him 13 homers through 82 games in his first full season.
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Moncada debuts in loss to Dodgers
By Ken Gurnick and Fabian Ardaya
CHICAGO -- After eeking out a win Tuesday night, the Dodgers poured it on Wednesday night with a 9-1, rain-shortened victory over the White Sox that extended their season-high win streak to 11 games and spoiled the White Sox debut of top MLBPipeline.com prospect Yoan Moncada.
Rain with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, which began at approximately 10:08 p.m. CT, caused the game to be delayed. The game was eventually called at 10:46 p.m., giving both the Dodgers and White Sox their first rain-shortened game of the season.
CHICAGO -- Ever Magallanes knows Luis Robert, both the person and the player.
Magallanes, the supervisor of the White Sox Dominican Academy, had the chance to watch Robert, the 23rd-overall prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, on a daily basis before Robert's left knee meniscus injury earlier this month.
Jonathan: Well, Jim, the White Sox were at it again Tuesday, trading away more big league parts to continue to rebuild. Maybe this didn't have the wow factor of some other deals, but I think they did a nice job, again, at bringing in some quality Minor League talent. The Yankees got Major Leaguers who will help them now, but for Chicago to get another Top 100 guy like Blake Rutherford, that's another good get for them. I like Ian Clarkin a little, but it's Rutherford who makes this a good deal for the White Sox, I think.
Most Top 100 prospects
The White Sox currently have 10 players on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list. Here's a look at which teams have had the most players on preseason Top 100 lists (MLB Pipeline 2012-17 and Baseball America 1990-2011):
CHICAGO -- White Sox general manager Rick Hahn could be excused for burying the news of Yoan Moncada's near arrival during his press conference following his team's 1-0 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.
CHICAGO -- The Dodgers juggernaut jumped leagues Tuesday night and kept on winning, as Clayton Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 Interleague shutout of the White Sox for Los Angeles' second 10-game win streak of the season.
Padding the best record in MLB, the Dodgers (65-29) are on a 30-4 tear -- a franchise best since 1899 -- which had not been accomplished since the 1977 Royals had a 35-4 run. The last National League team to have such a run was the 1936 Giants. Los Angeles is off to its best start through 94 games since 1955.
William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Garcia named Heart and Hustle Award winner
By Manny Randhawa
The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.
Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Smith learning ropes of big league catching
By Fabian Ardaya
CHICAGO -- As Kevan Smith undresses near his locker after a June victory over the Rangers, sweat and dirt still smeared over his face, the White Sox catcher recounts each detail aloud, piece by piece.
Two outs. Bases loaded. Two strikes. One-run game. David Robertson, the White Sox closer, is on the mound, and Smith signals for a curveball that he knows will be in the dirt. Robertson executes: the ball is in the dirt, but it scoots behind Smith and the potential tying run comes barreling in from third.
Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
In My Words: Kopech taking it 'day by day'
White Sox top pitching prospect working hard at Double-A Birmingham
By Michael Kopech
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I'll be honest, it's difficult not to think about playing in the big leagues. You wish you were there right now.
So the big thing for me is trying to stay in the moment. At the All-Star Futures Game in Miami, I said something that I needed to hear for myself as much as anything else. I also figured other players in similar situations could benefit from it as well.