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Eight Men On: Sox Open Up the 2nd Half with a Bang

July 18 vs. Kansas City Royals

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hand
Royal Flush
Sox Offense Flushes KC Down the Toilet

Short Take:   Buehrle Dominates; First Eight Sox Hitters Reach Base; Sox Win 9-5...what a way to make a victory.

Celebrating 80s night, the Sox opened the 2nd half of the season on Friday against the Kansas City Royals with a dominating performance by their #1 pitcher, Mark Buehrle, en route to a 9-5 victory. The win puts the Sox 15 games over .500 (55-40) on the year while maintaining their 1.5 game lead over the pesky Minnesota Twins. The Sox also improved their home mark to an impressive 33-13 on the season, good for 4th best in the majors.

Historical Note: Surprisingly, the White Sox record on this day in 1983 was 46-42.

As impressive as Buehrle was on the mound, the Sox offense was even better. The Sox bats came alive in a 6-run first inning as the their first eight hitters reached base off Zach Greinke. With the exception of Carlos Quetin’s HBP, the first eight batters reached base on singles, generally jumping on Greinke’s first pitch fastballs. Although the Sox gave up an unearned run in the top of the first on a hot dog error by Alexei Ramirez, the bottom half explosion gave the Pale Hose a cushiony 6-1 lead.

Historical Note: The Sox ’83 LF, Ron Kittle, was hit-by-pitch eight times that season. TCQ already has 13 this year.

TCQ tacked on some insurance in the bottom of the 2nd inning with his 23rd homer of the season, a solo shot, to give the Sox a 7-1 lead. Greinke’s night would end after only 3.0 innings of disastrous work, giving up 11 hits, three walks and seven earned runs. On the season, Greinke is now 0-2 vs. the Sox with a 9.00 ERA. In the first inning this season vs. the Sox, his ERA is a horrid 24.00.

Historical Note: Ron Kittle only had 19 homers on this date in ‘83.

Give credit to the Royals bullpen, who surprisingly held down the fort after Greinke let the first three Sox batters reach in the bottom of the 4th. Joel Peralta pitched out of Greinke’s bases-loaded-nobody-out jam in the 4th. Jimmy Gobble couldn’t return the favor for Peralta in the 6th however. After Jermaine led off the inning against Perlata with a base hit, Gobble came in to pour gasoline on the fire as he walked Thome, hit Konerko and walked Swisher (scoring Dye). Robinson Tejada was called in to clean up the mess, but not before the Sox scored another run with a Joe Crede sacrifice fly to LF scoring the fleet-footed PK.

Historical Note: Konerko has one stolen base this year. In ‘83, 1B Greg Walker only had two SB on the year, while back-up Mike Squires had three.

Mark Buehrle ran into his only bump in the road in the top of the 6th. After base hits to Mark Teahan and David DeJesus, Billy Butler hit a low-inside pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run homer to pull the Royals closer. Nick Masset gave up a run in the 8th, but Ozzie used his well-rested bullpen to close out the game. Matt Thornton finished the 8th, and interim closer Octavio Dotel closed out the 9th with two strikeouts to secure the victory for the Good Guys and keep Bobby Jenks' seat warm (the Sox activated Jenks today).

Historical Note: The leader in saves for the’83 Sox was Dennis Lamp with 15 on the season. Bobby Jenks already has 18.

Mark Buehrle is credited with the victory to improve his 2008 record to 7-8. More importantly, Buehrle’s ERA drops to 3.69 on the season as he continues to look strong with John Danks at the top of the rotation. The Sox also continue to beat up the Royals, which they need to do in order to maintain their lead in the AL Central. The series continues on Saturday night as Gavin Floyd (10-5) faces Gil Meche (6-9, 4.71 ERA). Hopefully the Sox can make a mess of Meche and continue to dominate the Royals on their trip Back to the Future World Series.

Historical Note: Gavin Floyd enters Saturday’s game with 10 wins. The Sox best pitcher in 1983, Lamarr Hoyt, had a record of 11-9 on this date. Hoyt would end up with 24 wins on the season.

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  The Royals haven't had a chance since the days of Amos Otis and Onix Concepion.


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