Junis surrenders five homers in loss to Chicago

April 27th, 2018

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' team-wide slump finally found its way to their best starting pitcher.
Right-hander Jakob Junis gave up a career-high five home runs, something only two other pitchers in Royals history have done, and Kansas City fell, 6-3, to the White Sox on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Two of the home runs came off the bat of Matt Davidson, who homered three times here on Opening Day.
Junis, who entered the game with a 2.03 ERA, lasted 5 2/3 innings and gave up six hits and six runs. was the last Royals pitcher to give up five homers in a game, those coming at Yankee Stadium in 2016. also surrendered five homers at Texas in 2011.
"You give up a couple [of solo] homers and that won't beat you," Junis said. "And maybe even if I don't give up the two-run homer [in the sixth], I would have gotten through six innings with four runs and would have given us a chance to win. But six runs, I didn't really get it done."
The Royals, who came into the game 29th in average with runners in scoring position (.192), were 2-for-15 with RISP. They're now hitting .187 with RISP.
"It's a pretty helpless feeling [as a manager] because there's nothing you can really do," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Especially when you're struggling like this, you know, it's helpless on a couple of different levels. … If you go back and look and see how many runs we've been scoring lately, it hasn't been over three. I don't remember the last time we scored over three runs."

The Royals also were 0-for-5 with a runner on third and less than two outs.
"We've got to go out there and score runs, obviously," third baseman Mike Moustakas said. "And right now we're not doing a very good job of that, top to bottom. We've had opportunities … we all know it. We all know we're not producing. I left a bunch of runners out there tonight. It's obviously frustrating. We'll keep fighting and it will come around."
belted his second home run this season, a two-run shot in the fourth. Soler hit a 1-1 fastball from White Sox starter into the left-field bullpen, a projected 369-foot home run, according to Statcast™.

Of the many missed chances, one early one stood out. led off the fifth with a double to right-center and moved to third on a groundout by . The White Sox, leading 4-2, played the middle infield back, conceding the run. But hit a slow roller to shortstop and Goins hesitated at third, making sure the ball got past the pitcher. Goins then broke for the plate, but it was too late and Anderson easily threw him out. then was called out on strikes.

Moustakas had an infield single, the first Royals hit, in the fourth inning. He is tied with Dee Gordon and for the most infield singles in the American League with six. Moustakas also extended his on-base streak to 17 games.
"You hear the old adage, solo homers won't beat you. But I guess when they hit four of them they might." -- Yost, on the White Sox power display
Left-hander Danny Duffy (0-3, 5.26 ERA) takes the mound for the Royals in the second game of the series on Friday at 7:15 p.m. CT. Duffy took the loss on Saturday in Detroit, getting roughed up for 10 hits and six runs over 4 2/3 innings. This will be Duffy's first night start of 2018 -- he was 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA in night games in 2017. The White Sox will counter with .