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Roughin' up the Royals!

September 27, 2003 at Kansas City

Today's temperature:
"Congratulations on finishing in second, Jerry.  Now empty out your office and go away."

Short Take: Backed by a 19-run, 21-hit explosion, Bartolo Colon wins career #100.

Where was this all year?

Yes, a complete lack of offense in the first half dashed any postseason hopes for the 2003 White Sox, but it looked like they'd try to make it all up in one day against those pesky and overrated Royals.  The big story of the night though, was Bartolo Colon.  In what was hopefully not his last start as a member of the White Sox, Colon dominated the Royals, going the distance (again) and holding Kansas City to 3 runs (on Mike Sweeney and Mendy Lopez's home runs) and 4 hits.  Lopez, who pinch hit for Angel Berroa was the only Royal to notch 2 hits tonight.  As for offensive milestones, Magglio Ordonez did little to help his shots at an American League batting crown, going 1-6 to drop his season average to .319 and Joe Crede went absolutely nuts going 3-6 with 3 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 4 batted in.  He single-handedly beat the Royals.

The insanity began in the 3rd.  With the Sox already up 1-0, Willie Harris and Carlos Lee walked to lead off the inning.  After Frank Thomas took one for the team to load the bases, Magglio... Struck out.  But that was OK, at least he didn't put a slow roller on the ground, eh?  Carl Everett followed up with his second RBI single of the night, plating Harris and Lee.  Brian Daubach singled and scored the Big Hurt and the bases were again loaded as Jose Valentin took a walk.  Crede hit his first double of the night, clearing the bases and chasing starter Kris WilsonMiguel Olivo singled, but was caught stealing second, however, Willie kept the inning alive by singling home Crede before Carlos grounded out to end the scoring at 7.  Colon had a comfortable 8-0 lead after three, but the offense made sure he got plenty more.

In the fifth, Jose Valentin started it off with a single and came around to score on another Crede double.  After Willie Harris singled, Carlos Lee came up with runners at first and third.  Technically, Lee grounded into a fielder's choice, but everyone was safe on a Desi Relaford error.  Thomas singled, scoring Harris; Maggs singled scoring Lee; and Everett singled, scoring Thomas.  After 4 1/2, Sox 13, Royals 1.

I could go on, but you get the point.  All in all, the Sox plated 6 more runs and allowed 2.  Amazingly, the offense rocked Kansas City without one ball leaving the yard.  Maybe this should be a lesson for the freer swingers in the lot?

With the win, the Sox clinch another second place finish and Bartolo Colon wins for the hundredth time in his career.  I guess this was as good as it could get for Sox fans, who'll have to deal with more obnoxiousness spewing from the North Side... You know why.  Sigh... Two of the biggest surprises are on the hill tomorrow, as Esteban Loaiza duels with Jose Lima to end another chapter in White Sox baseball.  After that, the exhibition games start March 4. 

WSI's Tinkerer Update: Willie Harris leads off, Magglio back in the clean-up spot after a 1-day trial to get him a batting crown, and Brian Daubach starts at first... One more game of this garbage, hopefully.

submitted by doublem23.

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