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Bullpen Bombs

April 5 at Royals


Levels Finished:
2
The offense dodged barrels early but the bullpen is hit by a fireball late.

Short Take:   Sox need extras in KC but still fall to Royals after bullpen blows lead

The Chicago White Sox looked to continue their winning ways when they traveled to Kansas City to face the Royals. The White Sox sent out Gavin Floyd for his first game of the season, while the Royals sent out Luke Hochevar (0-1, 4.76).

The White Sox looked great in the top of the first. Juan Pierre led off the inning with a triple to right center. Gordon Beckham singled him in, giving the White Sox a 1-0 lead early. Hochevar walked Adam Dunn before giving up a three-run home run to Paul Konerko.

Floyd's start wasn't as bad as Hochevar's, but it was not a good beginning. After getting Mike Aviles to fly out to center, Floyd gave up a single to Melky Cabrera and a home run to Alex Gordon.

Floyd's second inning was just as shaky. After allowing a single to Alcides Escobar to lead off the inning, Floyd walked Matt Treanor, causing Ozzie to come out for a visit. Floyd got the next two batters out, but with Cabrera batting, the Royals pulled off a double steal. Cabrera singled to right, driving in the two runs and tying the game at four.

The next several innings were rather uneventful. Jeff Francoeur singled in the third and stole second without even a look from Floyd or AJ Pierzynski. In the fourth, Ramirez walked to lead off the inning. After Morel flied out to right, Pierre grounded into a force out and proceeded to steal second during Beckham's at-bat.

Runs scored again for the White Sox in the sixth. Carlos Quentin singled to lead off the inning. After Pierzynski flied out to center, Ramirez hit a triple to right, batting in Quentin. Brent Morel struck out swinging, but on a beautiful play, Pierre reached on what was ruled a fielding error by Aviles, scoring Ramirez. Pierre hit a high chopper, forcing Aviles to rush to make a play.

With a 6-4 lead, Floyd walked Kila Ka'aihue, a name that Hawk always has trouble saying. Morel showed great defense when Francoeur lined out to third. Morel jumped in the air, saving a possible run and at least a two-base hit. Floyd got out of the inning when Escobar grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

Ozzie pulled Floyd for Chris Sale in the bottom of the eighth. After getting Cabrera to fly out to right, Sale gave up a double to Gordon and a two-run home run to Billy Butler, tying the game at six. Sale struck out Ka'aihue before Ozzie pulled him for Jesse Crain. Crain gave up a single to Francoeur before picking him off at first during Escobar's at-bat.

Joakim Soria came in for the top of the ninth, and the White Sox failed to score. Crain remained in the game for the bottom of the ninth, preventing the Royals from scoring. The White Sox headed into their first extra-innings game of the season.

Sergio Santos came on in the tenth. After getting Aviles and Cabrera out, Santos gave up a double to Gordon and intentionally walked Butler. Santos retired Ka'aihue swinging on a breaking ball strike.

The White Sox threatened in the top of the twelfth. Beckham led off the inning with a single before Dunn grounded into a fielder's choice. Brent Lillibridge came on to run for Dunn before Konerko walked. Lillibridge was caught stealing third on a questionable call. While running to third, the third base umpire called Lillibridge safe after Aviles seemingly failed to make the tag. The second base umpire then called Lillibridge out, and Rios grounded out to short.

The White Sox lost in the bottom of the twelfth. Chris Getz singled to lead off the inning. Mike Aviles sacrificed to first, moving Getz into second. Cabrera, the Sox killer, hit a single to center, scoring Getz. White Sox lose 7-6.

Mark Buehrle takes to the mound tomorrow in the series finale. You can catch the game on Comcast SportsNet at 1:10pm.

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 This bullpen lost to the #?*!$%@ Royals?!


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