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Giolito Deserved Better, But Sox Take Series

September 13 at Kansas City Royals


Sox Office Smash Hit:
Major League
They won't "win the whole f**in thing," but they play pretty well sometimes.

Short Take:  Sox pull one out of their hat in the 9th and win 2 of 3 from the Royals; too bad Lucas Giolito gets a no-decision for a well-pitched game.

On paper, the Royals are supposedly better than the Sox. KC did not look the part during this series, despite beating our boys yesterday.

The Sox took the series by beating the Royals 5-3 today. It wasn't an easy win. Sox starter Lucas Giolito pitched a nice game and didn't get a win to show for it. His 6.1 innings of 4 hits and only 1 earned run (a solo home run) was pretty dang good.

There were a few other good Sox things today, including some defense in the 1st inning that kept the Royals off the board. Kevan Smith and Tim Anderson combined to catch Whit Merrifeld trying to steal home, and then Anderson ended the inning by snagging a floating line drive out of the air.

The Sox jumped ahead in the 2nd when Adam Engel doubled, scoring a pair, and tacked on another in the 3rd. Avisail Garcia doubled to the wall, and Tyler Saladino singled him home to make it 3-0 Sox.

After a quiet few innings, Salvador Perez tagged Giolito for his only run with a line-drive homer, putting the Royals on the board in the 6th.

In line for the win, Giolito exited in the 7th after giving up a soft single to Alex Gordon. His replacement, Gregory Infante, walked Merrifield and gave up another single to Lorenzo Cain. Infante was lifted for Aaron Bummer, who got the sometimes scary Melky Cabrera to pop out. Then Tyler Saladino made a nice pick of a hard Eric Hosmer grounder to get the final out of the inning. Whew!

Today, Bummer wasn't the bummer; that title goes to reliever Danny Farquhar, and perhaps the Sox bench coaches for their performances. Farquhar took the mound in the bottom of the 8th, let up a succession of singles and a run, and it was 3-2 Sox. With runners at 1st and 2nd and 1 out, the Sox bench inexplicably put the shift on, leaving 3rd base pretty much uncovered. Pinch runner Terrance Gore easily stole 3rd and then scored the tying run on a groundout.

But like Hawk says, these Sox don't quit. In the top of the 9th, Tim Anderson singled, moved to 2nd on a wild pitch, and stole 3rd when Yoan Moncada walked. Anderson scored easily when the big man Jose Abreu drove a fly deep to center field. Moncada took second on the sac fly and scurried home when Avisail Garcia stroked one up the middle. Juan Minaya closed down the heart of Royal's order, and the Sox notched their 4th win in the last 5 games.

The Sox head over to Detroit for their third day game in a row, at 12:10 pm CST; James Shields faces Chad Bell.

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