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Sweetest of Sweeps!

April 15, vs. Kansas City


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"Not a spectacular game until his-and the game's-last at bat. Clutch hitters always get the coin."

Short Take: Sox sweep the Royals out of town as Magglio ends a back-and-forth battle with one swing.

With Mark Buehrle on the mound, you know we were optimistic about their chances at a clean sweep of the Royals. Well, we got more excitement than anticipated, as the Magglio Ordonezís walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th gave the Sox their third straight win and end their mini-homestand.

Buehrle had himself a solid game, even though his line doesnít read so. He struck out 7, but when he made a mistake the Royals were there to pounce in the form of two home runs, one by Juan Gonzalez and the other by Carlos Beltran. On the flip side, the Sox really could have dented Brian Anderson, however, he was allowed to slip out of trouble and put up numbers relatively identical to Mark, sans the strikeouts.

The scoring started in the first with Beltranís solo shot to left. The Sox responded, though, nabbing two runs in the bottom half of the frame. The first was Juan Uribe, who was doubled home by Jose Valentin after leading the game off with a two-bagger himself. Valentin would come around to score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Lee. The Sox added a third run in the second on Aaron Rowandís bomb to left. In the fifth, Frank Thomas seemed to put it away, with his first home run of the season, scoring Maggs. Buehrle had been in cruise control since the first, allowing only 2 hits in four innings; a single by Joe Randa and Gonzalezís solo shot. With the count 5-2 South Siders entering the 6th, things were looking good.

But life is never that easy, is it Sox fans? Just as quickly as Mark had disposed of the Royals through the first five, he fell apart in the sixth. It started with a ďdreaded lead-off walkĒ to Beltran. A Mike Sweeney single and fly out by Gonzalez left the Royals with runners on the corners and an out before Joe Randa moved everyone 90 feet with a single. After Ken Harvey flew out, it looked like Mark would escape this patch of turbulence relatively unscathed, but Benito Santiago doubled off the left-field wall to score Sweeney and Randa and knot the contest at 5.

After that, the bullpens took over and really shut down both offenses. The Sox didnít get a hit off the Royal bullpen until the 10th, and Mike Jackson and Damaso Marte pitched stellar frames for the Sox. Marteís 9th, in particular was impressive. After Harvey singled to lead-off, he was replaced by pinch runner Ryan Thompson. A pick-off move by Marte revealed Santigo was bunting. After he got one down, Marte was quickly off the mound, bare-handed the roller and threw a strike to Jose Valentin at 2nd to start the 1-6-3 double play. The teams swapped scoreless frames until Maggs planted DJ Carrascoís last offering about 5 rows up the left field bleachers.

The win caps off an impressive series against the Royals that had it all; a blow-out, comebacks, thrills, spills, and chills, but most importantly, 3 big wins for the Pale Hose. They now head to Tampa Bay to take on the Devil Rays, starting tomorrow night when Danny Wright goes up against Paul Abbot. Game time is 6:15 Central and will be on Fox Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Not really too much smallball today. The ball was jumping out to left field, so it was a day suited to the Sox's strength... mashing


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