But with his 'pen running on fumes, Royals manager Ned Yost miraculously got five shutout innings from his relievers as his offense forged a tie with the White Sox after eight frames. At that point, Yost inquired about left-hander Scott Alexander's availability for the ninth.
After Skoglund departed, Yost called on right-hander Kevin McCarthy, another reliever who was supposed to have needed a day of rest. McCarthy tossed three scoreless innings.
After that, right-hander Peter Moylan, another reliever who was in theory unavailable, pitched a scoreless seventh. Kelvin Herrera tossed a 1-2-3 eighth.
"Phenomenal job by them," Yost said. "You know, McCarthy and Moylan's pitched three days in a row. Kel was the freshest of the group and had a great inning. There was some thought about pushing Kel back out [in the ninth], but you know what he's gone through. We just thought, 'Get him the one inning, good inning under his belt and move on.'"