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Sox Losing Streak Stopped at Seven

September 18 at Kansas City Royals


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Ahead the whole game, the Sox dodged a major bullet in the sixth when K.C. had the tying run at third with nobody out and got out of it.

Short Take:   John Danks did not pitch particularly well, but was serviceable in a Sunday victory over the Royals.

In what was a meaningless game in terms of the standings on this Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, the White Sox were trying to avoid their longest losing streak of the season. Thanks to a couple of big innings offensively, the Sox managed to steer clear of their eighth loss in a row, winning the series finale, 10-5.

The key in this game was the top half of the eighth when the Sox put up a four spot. Already leading 6-3, the Sox blew the game open. A.J. Pierzynski's three-run shot off Kansas City's Jesse Chavez put the game away and gave the Sox a commanding 10-4 lead.

The Sox actually never trailed in this contest, as they got out to an early 2-0 lead off Kansas City starter Bruce Chen (11-8). Brent Morel continues to make his case at the plate, coming through in the clutch again with a two-run double in the second inning. Two of the highlights of this game came courtesy of Adam Dunn's RBI double (!) and Gordon Beckham's sacrifice fly in the fourth, which put the Sox up 4-0.

Things got interesting in the fifth, however when the Royals cut the lead in half with an RBI single off the bat of Yamaico Navarro and a Billy Butler RBI fielder's choice. K.C. threatened to tie the game at four in the sixth off John Danks (7-12), but Johnny Giavotella's triple didn't lead to a run as everyone thought it would. A ground ball to Morel off the bat of Brayan Pena would be Giavotella's undoing, as he was gunned down at home, effectively killing Kansas City's potential rally.

In the seventh, with the Sox leading by just one, Paul Konerko and Pierzynski went back-to-back, giving the Sox a 6-3 lead. Konerko's home run brought his season total to 30.The 103 RBIs he currently has, in tandem with the 30 home runs, give him his fifth season of 30 and 100, which makes him second all-time in White Sox history behind Frank Thomas, who achieved that statistic eight times in his illustrious career.

Truth be told, the most amazing stat to come out of Sunday's game wasn't the big inning or the two-homer afternoon for Pierzynski. The shocker of the afternoon -- heck, of the year -- occurred when Sox fans witnessed Adam Dunn record not one, but TWO hits off left-handed pitching! This feat now gives him five hits off lefties all season, for a .064 batting average against southpaws. Then again, many fans may have missed this momentous occasion, as they've checked out on the dwindling 2011 season.

With Sunday's victory, the Sox now find themselves 74-78. Just 10 games remain, but the Sox won't get a chance to add to their victory total until Tuesday afternoon, thanks to a long overdue off day. Tuesday will be difficult, though, as the Sox have to play a day-night doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field. The 12:05p game will feature Gavin Floyd (12-11, 4.42 ERA) for the White Sox and Fausto Carmona (6-15, 5.26 ERA) for the Indians and will be broadcast on WGN. In search of his first big-league win once again, the Sox will send Dylan Axelrod (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound for the nightcap and Cleveland will counter with Zach McAllister (0-1, 12.27 ERA). The second game will begin at 6:05p CDT and can be seen on WCIU.

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Ozzio's Game Rant:
 I no understand why fans hate on me for playing dees keed Dunn against left-handed pitching. He get two hits off Cy Chen. Dunn all ready to break out of it!


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