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Royal Flush!

July 31st at Kansas City

Today's temperature:
"Huge sweep of division leading Royals proves Sox are not going to go away quietly. Keeping it going in Seattle will go a long way to convince their critics they are for real, but this was a great win... "

Short Take:  Some clutch hits by the Alomar brothers give the Sox a much needed sweep.

After taking the first 2 games against the Royals, the Sox looked for a much needed sweep on Thursday. The Sox sent their ace, Esteban Loaiza, to the mound to start one of the biggest games of the year, a game that would determine whether the Sox would leave Kansas City 1 game out or 3 games out. Loaiza did his best to give the Sox a chance to win it, but he would ultimately take a No Decision in this game. That’s because the outcome of this game was not determined until the 11th inning. The 11th inning would start off well for the Sox with Willie Harris walking to leadoff. But, he would attempt to steal 2nd and be thrown out. Surely enough the next batter, Paul Konerko would get a hit. Konerko crushed one to left field and it hit high off the top of the wall, just missing a home run. Raul Ibanez played the ricochet off the wall well, and held Konerko to a long single. Tony Graffanino would pinch run and after a Jose Valentin fly out, it looked like the Sox wouldn’t score. But Joe Crede would follow up with a walk and then the managers sprung into action. Jerry Manuel pinch hit Brian Daubach for Miguel Olivo. Tony Pena countered by bringing in a lefty, Graeme Lloyd, to face the lefty Daubach. Manuel would counter that by bringing in righty Sandy Alomar Jr. to pinch hit for Daubach. Manuel would win these moves as Sandy Alomar smacked a double to right center that Carlos Beltran could not make a play on. Two runs scored and the Sox grabbed a 7-5 lead! Roberto Alomar would follow up his brothers double with a single of his own to drive in Sandy and give the Sox a comfortable cushion.

Scott Schoeneweis who had entered the game in the 10th stayed on to finish out the game. He struck out the first batter but then allowed a HR to Carlos Beltran to cut the lead to 2. That would be all though as Schoeneweis retired the next 2 batters for a White Sox winner! This game was not as easy as the previous two, as it kept Sox fans on the edge of their seats for most of the game. Carlos Lee got the Sox off to a good start in the 1st by smacking a solo shot. It looked as though the Sox might run off with this game as they did the previous two, but that would not be the case. Lee would follow up in the 3rd inning by hitting a second solo home run to give the Sox a 2-0 lead. But this time the Royals fought back. The Royals used some small ball to score their two. They started off the bottom of the 3rd with an infield single and sacrificed him to 2nd. After a fly out, they would string together two singles to score the two runs and tie the game. In the 5th Carlos Lee would drive in another run. Consecutive singles with 1 out, put runners on the corners for Lee. Carlos would hit a deep fly to center to drive in the runner from 3rd and give the Sox a 3-2 lead. Once again the Royals came right back. Desi Relaford doubled to leadoff the bottom of the inning and after another sacrifice, Relaford would score on a ground out to first. Paul Konerko would come up big in the 6th by hitting a 2 run blast to left to give the Sox a 5-3 lead that it looked like they would hold onto.

That lead lasted until the 8th when Damaso Marte relieved Loaiza. Marte surrendered two singles before getting the first out. The next batter after the out, Angel Berroa, singled to score 1 run and make it a 5-4 game. Marte got the next two outs to keep the 1 run lead. Enter Tom Gordon for the save. Gordon struck out the first batter but after going 0-2 on Joe Randa, he let a fastball get away and hit Randa. That would prove to be huge. Carlos Febles pinch ran and Gordon would walk Carlos Beltran. Raul Ibanez singled to left but the runner from 2nd would not score meaning the bases were loaded. Gordon managed to get a huge out by getting Ken Harvey to pop up to first and for a few moments, it looked like the Sox might just escape this threat. It looked even better when Gordon got Michael Tucker to hit a ground ball. Roberto Alomar went to his left and came up with the ball but after spinning and making the throw, could not get out the speedy Tucker who was busting down the line. The game stayed tied until the 11th inning when the Alomar brothers won the game for the Sox. The huge win puts the Sox within 1 game of the 1st place Royals. Esteban Loaiza went 7 innings in this game allowing 3 runs and striking out 7 but could not pick up the win with the bullpen blowing it. Scott Schoeneweis got his first win as a member of the White Sox by pitching 2 innings. Magglio Ordonez snapped his hitting streak at 10 games in this game but did make a great catch in the first inning to save 2 runs. Maggs made an over the shoulder catch on Ken Harvey for the 3rd out and helped get Loaiza out of a jam. The Sox will now travel to Seattle for a 9:05 cst start tomorrow with Bartolo Colon facing the struggling Freddy Garcia.

Tinkerer Update:
  Manuel stays with a normal lineup. He must be trying to make us eliminate this from the TBGR. :)

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