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Royally Undefeated

March 31st vs. the Kansas City Royals


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When you go deep in the game down by two runs, you need to take strategic risks with young players.

Short Take:In their first two games of 2018, the White Sox are teasing us that they really could be good. A 4-3 comeback win against the Royals in Kansas City after a 14-7 opener is a nice tease, indeed.

It was Bill Veeck who said that there are only two seasons: winter and baseball. Well, winter is over and welcome to your first-place Chicago White Sox! The Bridgeport Blasters beat the Royals 4-3 in a comeback win that demonstrated once again why good baseball is good and good baseball is better.

On the first game of the season Thursday night the White Sox ran a conga line around the bases in Kansas City, with six home runs and 14 hits on their way to a 14-7 Royal thumping. Tonight they were more clutch than punch, but no matter the means, the undefeated ends are justified.

Even though cowtown starter Ian Kennedy couldn't seem to find the strike zone for six innings, the Sox could only manage one run while he was there. The Sox bats were quiet, scattering four hits courtesy of Mr. Kennedy.

And oh, how giddy I was that I wouldn't be writing about James Shields tonight, but instead I'd be able to describe the athletic stylings of the high-ceiling man, Lucas Giolito. To my chagrin, it seemed the cold Missouri air impaired his accuracy and aim, so much so that he loaded the bases in the bottom of the first and walked in a run. Patience, I told myself, patience. . .these guys are young, it's the experience they need, and besides, Coop'll fix him.

But Coop couldn't do much as Giolito gave up a sacrifice fly to give the Royals a 2-1 lead. The offending team picked up another run in the third as Mike Moustakas, of all people, hit a triple and then scored on an RBI single from Lucas Duda, making it 3-1.

The game wore on at 3-1 until the eighth, when the Sox offense became less offensive to my taste.

The eighth opened with a leadoff homer from Yoan Moncada to make it 3-2. That was followed by an Avi Garcia single, then a fielder's choice that put Jose Abreu at first. BBQ-City reliever Brandon Maurer pitched around Matt "Bambino" Davidson, walking him to put runners on first and second. Not a lot of speed there, but wait -- there's more!

Tyler Saladino, sans mustache, pinch-ran for Big Matt, and an astute move it proved to be. Nicky Delmonico, in a productive groundout to the right side, advanced the runners to second and third for Wellington Castillo. The veteran waited for his pitch and hit a double off the right-field wall to notch two RBIs and give our heroes a 4-3 lead.

Nate Jones pitched the bottom of the eighth, throwing his darts well enough to keep the bad guys off the board. The ninth was handled by Joakim Soria in a bit of poetic irony, since he'd honed his craft with Kansas City. Never easy, these one-run-lead ninth innings. A leadoff single made us nervous, but a botched bunt resulting in a force of the runner at second led to a strikeout, leading to a fly to center that brought this story to its happy ending.

The cliche for this season seems to be that this team "is good for 27 outs." I rolled my eyes when I first heard that, but after these opening two games I think there might be something to that. Two games, two comeback wins -- they really are playing to 27 outs. Ah, it's good to be back!

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