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K.C. Masterpiece!

April 22, at Kansas City

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Contributions everywhere from the Sox, but notably the top and bottom of the line-up. Podsednik and Iguchi 3-7 with a run, 2 RBI, and FIVE walks. Though the big bats were silent, how about Rowand, Pierzynski, Crede, and Uribe turning the line-up over as 6-7-8-9. Crede stretches that hit streak to 13 and pushes his BA to .328. The foursome combined to go 9-18 with 7 runs and 3 RBI. All of this without mentioning the pitching."

Short Take: First place White Sox beat last place Royals 8-2 to stretch win streak to 5 behind seven solid innings of work from Freddy Garcia and 3-hit days from Joe Crede and Juan Uribe.

It can be understandably hard sometimes to get revved up when a team in first soundly beats a team in last. However, that was not the case in Kansas City Friday night, as the doormat Royals hosted baseball's hottest team, the 12-4 White Sox for the first of a three-game weekend set. Simply put, the Sox offense battered the Royals for the entire game and Freddy Garcia was on his game, as the Sox dropped Kansas City 8-2.

The Royals, who had lost two games coming into tonight's action, were simply no match for Garcia. The righty tossed seven strong innings, allowing only 4 hits, no walks, and 2 earned runs while striking out three. On the flip side, Runlevys Hernandez was constantly in trouble, rarely working an easy inning, and could not keep the Sox off the board as they spread their 8 runs out over 5 frames between Hernandez and reliever Kyle Snyder.

After threatening in the first, the Sox drew first blood against Kansas City in the second. With two outs and A.J. Pierzynski on second, Juan Uribe doubled to center field and reached third on a throwing error by David DeJesus. Scott Podsednik then walked for the second time in as many innings... and then stole second... for the second time of the game, before Tadahito Iguchi's infield single plated Uribe and gave the Sox a 2-run lead. The Royals sliced the lead in half in the third when Emil Brown scored on a sacrifice fly by Ruben Gotay. The Sox, however, regained the two-run lead the very next inning. With one out, Hernandez drilled Joe Crede, allowed a single to Juan Uribe, and walked Scott Podsednik (3 BBs in 3 plate appearances by this point, for those of you keeping score at home), and then walked Iguchi to plate the third, and ultimately decisive run of the game.

However, the Sox made no reservations about kicking Kansas City when they were down. After Hernandez allowed two more runs in the 6th inning to stretch the Pale Hose lead to 5-1, reliever Kyle Snyder was sent to work the 7th. After getting Jermaine Dye to ground out to open the inning, Snyder allowed three hits in a row, a single to Aaron Rowand, RBI double to A.J. Pierzynski, and single to Joe Crede before Uribe sac flied A.J. home. Kansas City would manufacture one final run against Garcia in the bottom of the 7th to cut the lead to 7-2, but the Sox would eventually get that run back in the 9th inning. Cliff Politte and Damaso Marte worked an uneventful 8th and 9th respectively to end a total-team win for the Sox.

Yes, these are the struggling Royals, but one of the more unflattering characteristics about the White Sox teams in recent years has been playing down to competition's level, manifested in an inability to beat teams they simply should have. Though the Sox now 13-4 record is bloated by the fact that only five of those games have been played against a winning team (Minnesota), the Sox are 9-3 in the 12 games they have played against sub-.500 teams (Cleveland, Detroit, Seattle, and Kansas City), and are now 11-3 in intradivision games and 7-2 on the road. Their current five-game win streak is better than double the next best, MLB-wide, and they currently possess baseball's best record.

Jose Contreras takes the hill tomorrow for the Sox. Aside from the team's winning streaks, Contreras has a few personal streaks he'd like to continue. The Cuban right-hander has never lost in Kauffman Stadium, nor has he ever lost to the Royals. He will be opposed by youngster Zach Greinke. Game time is 6:10 PM Central time and it will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update:
The eight runs may be decieving, but the Sox essentially manufactured every run they scored today as Carl Everett, Paul Konerko, and Jermaine Dye all fail to get a hit and leave a combined 13 runners on base. No fears, though, as the rest of the line-up picks up the slack.

submitted by doublem23.

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