KANSAS CITY, Mo. Once again, the resolve of the Royals will be tested.
The Royals, who have bounced back brilliantly from agonizing defeats throughout the early portion of this season, must do so again after Mondays had-it-lost-it 2-1 defeat in 11 innings to the Chicago White Sox.
The loss stained an otherwise promising homestand in which the Royals (17-11) finished 6-3.
What stung the Royals most was wasting another superb outing from a starting pitcher, the latest from ace James Shields, who shut out the White Sox on two hits through eight innings while striking out nine.
But skipper Ned Yost opted for closer Greg Holland over Shields in the ninth with the Royals clinging to a 1-0 lead, a move that backfired when Holland surrendered four hits and the tying run.
The White Sox then won it in the 11th when seldom-used outfielder Jordan Danks smoked a Kelvin Herrera fastball 413 feet and into the right-center field fountains.
While many Royals fans no doubt were second-guessing...