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A Dull Night In Cowtown

May 4th vs. the Kansas City Royals

Today's Game Rating:
No runs, no production, nohow, means no stars.

Short Take: Jeremy Guthrie held the Sox to four hits as the Royals win the shutout 2-0 in Kansas City.

"Everything's up to date in Kansas City
They gone about as fer as they can go...
Everything's like a dream in Kansas City
It's better than a magic lantern show."

That's from "Everything's Up to Date in Kansas City," a song from the musical Oklahoma. As the Sox lost to the Royals again, this time by a score of 2-0, those lines occurred to me, but not in the way Oscar Hammerstein intended.

Everything really is like a dream when the Sox play in Kansas City. The Royals hit, the Sox don't. The Royals' pitchers look sharp, the Sox' pitchers don't. If this is the product of the magic lantern, I wish some of it would rub off on us.

Jeremy Guthrie was the winner of the who's-going-to-beat-the-Sox-tonight pool in the Royals' clubhouse. Don't get me wrong -- Jeremy Guthrie's a good pitcher. He stretched his record to 4-0 after tonight's complete-game performance. But with the way the Sox have been hitting, a lot of pitchers are going to look good.

The White Sox are pretty bad. Injuries have hurt them, sure, but I have to wonder what Alexei Ramirez was thinking about when that soft line drive went past him in the seventh inning. Or why Dylan Alexrod rushed the throw to first after he kicked the soft grounder in that same inning, giving up a two-bases on the errant throw. I mean, come on! No runs scored as a result of those brain cramps, but what is it with these guys?

I've put this off long enough. What happened in the game, you ask? Well, the only runs scored were by the Royals in the first inning. With two outs, Axelrod hit Billy Butler with a pitch. Next Eric Hosmer singled Butler to second. Then Lorenzo Cain hit a triple just out of Alex Rios' reach in right field. Two runs scored.

And 2-0 is where it stayed for the rest of the game. Guthrie played the Sox like a violin, limiting them to four hits and one walk. After that first inning, Axelrod didn't look that bad, but it's tough to win games when the offense doesn't score any runs.

It's only fitting to end this little disquisition with another quote from Hammerstein:

"I went to Kansas City on a Friday
By Saturday I learned a thing or two..."

We learned something, all right. Kansas City somehow spooks the Sox. Maybe there is something to that magic lantern business.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two Thumbs Down! "I tell you what Stoney, in 94 decades in this game I haven't seen a team look so flat since my days in A-ball. I remember telling Yaz..." "Uh, thanks, Hawk! Goodnight, everybody!"

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