The Kansas City Royals were shut out by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. The game was their first match up since their August 3 brawl, from which they were missing three Royals, including manager Trey Hillman and starting pitcher Zack Greinke, due to suspension.
Royals’ hitters could only muster five hits as White Sox pitcher Javier Vazquez threw eight scoreless innings.
Brian Bannister took the mound for the Royals, pitching seven innings, during which he gave up three home runs. Bannister has not won a game in eight starts but thinks that his play will soon turn around.
"I feel like there’s progress being made. Not a ton of results right now, but I think I’m getting closer to where I need to be to help this team win a lot more in the future," Bannister said.
Southpaw Josh Newman saw his first big league action with the Royals yesterday after spending time with triple-A Omaha since his acquisition on July 11. Newman gave up five runs on five hits in one inning of work.
Third baseman Alex Gordon showed off his bat with his first triple of the year in the losing effort. Gordon is batting .314 in the month of August with 11 hits and 2 RBIs.