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A Royal Mess

Sept. 19 at Kansas City


Today's Sox Crew:
Out to Lunch
The work site was abandoned as the Sox got nothing accomplished on this night.

Short Take: The White Sox failed to come up with a big hit and crapped away a winnable game in Kansas City.

It's bad enough the White Sox have a 6-11 record against Kansas City after Wednesday night's 3-0 loss to the Royals.

Here is a statistic that will really piss you off: The White Sox are batting .169 (23-for-136) with runners in scoring position against Kansas City pitching this year. What does that tell us? Well, first of all the Sox aren't getting many men on base against the Royals. They are averaging eight at-bats per game with runners in scoring position, which isn't much. And what few opportunities they are getting are going to waste.

Mind you, this is a Kansas City team that ranks 10th in the American League in pitching. The 1971 Baltimore Orioles they are not, but you'd never know it by watching the Sox hitters hack away helplessly against them.

Wednesday's game was another horror show in clutch situations as the Sox finished the night 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. The most egregious missed opportunity came in the top of the fourth inning when Bruce "Cy" Chen (11-12) issued back-to-back walks to Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko to start the inning. Alex Rios delivered the only hit with a man in scoring position on the night -- a sharp single to left field to load the bases.

What followed was an absolute disgrace. Dayan Viciedo swung at the second pitch and popped out. Alexei Ramirez swung at the first pitch and popped out. Tyler Flowers struck out looking. Inning over. Might as well have been game over, too. In Viciedo's case, it was a classic example of wrong man, wrong spot. He has been terrible lately, and I found myself praying he would bounce into a double play. Hey, at least that would have meant one run! Instead, we got the classic overswing and weak infield pop-up. Not that Ramirez was any better. Terrible, embarrassing at-bats against a subpar pitcher.

The Sox missed some other opportunities in this game, too, but why relive it? I think that 1-for-12 statistic tells you all you need to know.

Poor Chris Sale (17-7). He pitched pretty well. His biggest mistake was forgetting to throw a shutout. Billy Butler hit a sac fly in the third inning to put the Royals up 1-0. It was pretty much ballgame at that point. Kansas City added two in the seventh when Viciedo misplayed a drive off the bat of Alex Gordon into a two-run double. It should have been an error on Viciedo, I suppose, but who really cares? If he makes that play, the Sox lose 1-0 instead of 3-0.

The only bright spots? Alejandro De Aza went 4-for-5 from his leadoff position and looked like he might be breaking out of his recent slump. His job is to get on base, and he did. Too bad nobody could knock him in. Rios continued his fine play with another three-hit night, but it went for naught.

Detroit beat Oakland 6-2, so the Sox saw their lead in the AL Central trimmed to two games with 14 to play. Have to admit, it's not a real comfortable feeling knowing the Sox are facing Jeremy "Catfish" Guthrie (4-3, 3.13 ERA) in Thursday's series finale. Catfish has not allowed an earned run in 23 2/3 innings against the Sox this season. There isn't much hope for tomorrow either, fans. I fear you can expect more of the same in Kansas City.

We just have to hope Sox left-hander Francisco Liriano (6-11, 5.24 ERA) remembers to throw a shutout. Maybe, just maybe, he can win a 1-0 game. If you really want to put yourself through another KC horror show, the game starts at 7:10. You can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

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Cy ****king Chen.


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