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Are you kidding me?

September 15 at Kansas City


Sox Magic Number:
13
"No movement here as Sox lose, Tribe take the night off."

Short Take:Sox fall to Royals, again.

The free-fall continued this afternoon in Kansas City as the Sox dropped another game to the last place Royals by a 7-5 score. Mark Buehrle gave up 4 runs in 6.1 innings of work in taking the loss.

Jermaine Dye put the Sox on top 1-0 in the second inning with a solo shot off of KC starter Zack Greinke. The Sox squandered a potential scoring opportunity in the first inning with Willie Harris at the plate when Scott Podsednik was thrown out stealing second on a missed hit-and-run. Naturally, Harris followed with a double that probably would have scored Podsednik from first.

The Sox scored another run in the third inning when Carl Everett singled Harris home from third base. Harris reached base on a HBP and moved to third on a long single off the leftfield wall by Paul Konerko. The Royals tied the game in their half of the third off of Buehrle. After a one-out double, Buehrle walked Sox killer Mike Sweeney and allowed an RBI double to Emil Brown to cut the lead to 2-1. A resurgent Angel Berroa then hit a sacrifice fly to score Sweeney and tie the game.

The score remained tied at two until the 7th inning, though the Sox missed a great opportunity to score in the top of the 6th. With two outs and Everett on first, Jermaine Dye hit a double into the gap in right centerfield. On the play, Everett over-ran third base and was thrown out trying to get back to the bag, ending the inning. Earlier in the game, AJ Pierzynski was thrown out at home trying to score on a Joe Crede double to end the second inning.

KC put up a 4-spot in the bottom of the 7th to knock the wind out of the Sox' sails. Buehrle started the inning by surrendering a leadoff double to Chip Ambres. After Sweeney sacrificed him to third, Emil Brown singled to put the Royals up 3-2 and end Buehrle's afternoon. Luis Vizcaino relieved Buehrle, but he didn't provide much relief. He allowed a single, a double, and an intentional walk to the first three hitters he faced. After recording the second out of the inning, with the score now 5-2, Vizcaino allowed an infield single to load the bases. He then walked Aaron Guiel on 4 pitches to force in a run and put the Royals ahead 6-2. Rookie Jeff Bajaneru came in to stop the bleeding and record the final out of the inning, but the damage obviously was done.

The Sox did show a pulse by putting up 3 runs in the 8th inning, thanks to a bases-loaded pinch-hit double by Tadahito Iguchi with two outs in the inning. Royals closer Mike MacDougal would come on to get the last out of the 8th inning, stranding Iguchi at second with the potential tying run. The Royals added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th off Bobby Jenks, and MacDougal shut the Sox down in the 9th to preserve a 7-5 win for the Royals.

With the loss, the Sox drop two in a row to lose the series against the bottom-feeding Royals. The magic number to clinch the AL Central remains stuck on 13 for another day, as the Tribe have an off day. The Sox have no time to reflect on their poor showing, as they begin a 10-game stretch against Minnesota and Cleveland tomorrow at the Metrodome. Jon Garland (17-9, 3.51) takes the mound for the Sox against Twins rookie Scott Baker (1-2, 3.23). Gametime is 7:10 pm CDT and will be telecast on WCIU.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Sox ran themselves out of a couple of scoring chances. Podsednik thrown out stealing in the 1st, Everett thrown out after overrunning third base in the 6th were both costly mistakes.


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