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Hey! They Won Two In A Row!

June 22nd vs. the Kansas City Royals

Today's Game Rating:
A two-game winning streak, a ninth-inning rally, a solid bullpen...looks like better box-office to me!

Short Take:The White Sox picked up the winning run in the ninth to beat the troublesome Royals 3-2 in hot, humid Kansas City.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, said Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu. And if Lao-tzu had been following the White Sox this year he would agree that they've got at least a thousand miles to go. After winning last night in an uncharacteristic laugher, they played solid baseball today to beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on a hot afternon in Missouri.

Do two wins in a row count as a single step? The way the Sox have played this year, I don't think we care whether they take single steps, stumbles forward, or a graceful grand jete, as long as they move toward a winning record.

WSI denizens know all too well how the Royals seemed to own the White Sox for too many years. Being able to compete against Kansas City, let alone win against them, makes us feel like miners emerging from a dark cave. As we blink in the bright light of a two-game winning streak, we feel disoriented as we reflect on the recent nine-game losing streak. But blink a few more times, Sox fans, and join me as we review the satisfying details of today's game.

Jose Quintana started today for the Bridgeport Ballboys. With his 3-2 record and an ERA in the mid-threes, he's been one of the few bright spots for this otherwise woebegone team. As is his wont, he pitched to contact in giving up two runs on five hits. He didn't make the quality-start threshold, being taken out with one out in the sixth. But that was the right move since the Sox bullpen was able to keep the cowtown crowd from any further scoring.

The Royals picked up their first run in the second on a Mike Moustakas double that scored Miguel Tejada. This happened with two outs, so give KC a little credit for resourcefulness. Their other run came in the sixth after Alcides Escobar's leadoff double made it convenient for him to reach home on Salvador Perez's single.

But two can play the productive-hit game, and the White Sox did it their way in the top of the fourth when Adam Dunn led off with a walk. Paul Konerko singled to put slow-moving ducks on the first and second pond positions. Subsequent singles by Conor Gillaspie and Jeff Keppinger scored two runs, despite Dayan Viciedo's party-pooping double play in between the hits.

In a rare ninth-inning rally the Sox performed, as Viciedo led off with a single followed by Keppinger's base on balls. Jordan Danks went in to run for Viciedo and two fly balls later found his way to home plate to give the Sox a 3-2 lead. Addison Reed pitched the bottom of the ninth and induced three successive popups to end the game. Did I mention the Sox were in the lead at this point? They won the game, too. Did I mention that? Just want to be sure you knew that.

Chinese philosophers notwithstanding, a thousand miles is a long way. But it sure feels good to start moving forward.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
Two Thumbs Up. "Stoney, I love winning streaks!" "Well, Hawk, I have to agree, winning streaks have to start somewhere." "And Stoney, I love beating Kansas City, whether Yaz is here or not!"

submitted by tebman.

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It was his ninth-inning sacrifice fly that scored the winning run. Yes, I said "winning" run.

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