KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nobody in the Chicago White Sox clubhouse was willing to wave the white flag after a season-opening sweep, especially with plenty of examples of quick rebounds at their disposal.
“I’m not comparing us to the Cavs,” outfielder Adam Eaton said after Chicago’s 4-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. “But everyone was freaking out when LeBron (James) and all of them were not meshing correctly, and then all of a sudden they win 12 in a row.”
So, is a long winning streak in order as the White Sox head home?
“Again, I’m not comparing us to the Cavs,” Eaton said. “But it does take a little while to mesh together with all the new faces we have. You hope we can be a little like them and mesh at the right time and get hot and play good baseball.”
The White Sox were swept in a season-opening series for the first time since 2004 and lost for the 14th time in their past 17 games against the AL champion Royals.
Not even John Danks, who had been 7-0 against them, could get Chicago on track. He allowed all four runs on seven hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings.
“I felt I had better stuff than 5 2/3s,” he said, “but I made a couple of mistakes, but also made pitches when I had to and feel good going into my next one.”
Alexei Ramirez drove in the White Sox’s only run off Edinson Volquez, who dazzled for eight innings in his Royals debut. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out five. Both Danks and Volquez made minor-league stops in Clinton.
Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer, and Lorenzo Cain and Kendrys Morales also drove in runs as Kansas City improved to 3-0 for the first time since an opening sweep of Detroit in 2008.
“It was a good way to start off,” first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “We wanted to make a statement in the first series of the year, and we were able to do that.”
The Royals took the lead on Cain’s RBI groundout in the first, but his two spectacular plays in center field will make highlight reels. First, Cain collided with the wall at full speed to rob Adam LaRoche of a leadoff hit in the second. Then, he backed into the wall to catch a long fly ball by Micah Johnson that ended the third.
Morales added an RBI double off Danks in the sixth inning, and Perez chased the left-hander a couple of batters later when he sent a full-count pitch into the bullpen in left field.
It was the sixth homer of the series for the Royals.