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MERCY!

September 14 at Kansas City


Sox Magic Number:
13
"Should've been down to 12. Indians refuse to lose. This is going to get interesting."

Short Take:  Dustin Hermanson gives up three runs in the bottom of the ninth, Sox can't win with scoring nine runs. Royals come back for a 10-9 win.

Freddy Garcia and J.P. Howell rematched tonight in Kansas City and neither pitcher fared well. When there's a pitch, there's a hit is how the night went, but it was the Sox pitching staff that couldn't hold the lead, and the Royals refusing to give in to their daddies.

Freddy pitched like crap all night long. The Royals went up 3-0 very quick. Mike Sweeney hit a 2-run home run with one out in the first inning. Two batters later, Emil Brown was hit by a pitch. Brown stole second and scored on a Mark Teahen RBI single.

J.P. Howell held the Sox scoreless for two frames, but the Sox bats busted out big time. Tadahito Iguchi tied the game up with one swing of the bat with a three run homer to left field. Carl Everett batted next and singled and then advanced to third base on Aaron Rowand's double. Everett scored on a sac fly by Jermaine Dye. The sac also moved Rowand to third base. But, Juan Uribe jacked a two run homer to put the Sox up 6-3 and it looked like this game was already won. But wait.

The night looked like it was not going to be easy when Terrence Long scored on a wild pitch by Freddy Garcia. That made the score 6-4 Sox. Carl Everett hit a RBI single in the fourth inning scoring Podsednik making it 7-4. In the fifth, the Sox added to their lead making it 9-4 on a Joe Crede 2-run homer.

So now, let's recap. The Sox have a five run lead over the worst team in baseball, a team that the Sox have owned all season long. Face it, the Sox are the Royals daddy this year. But not tonight. The Royals embarrased the Sox tonight. They started to chip away at the lead in their half of the fifth inning. A sac fly scored the Royals fifth run. In the sixth, Angel Berroa tripled to left field, but, Scott Podsednik misplayed the ball, and to make matters worse, didn't even run to the ball to allow Berroa to score making it 9-6 Sox. Paul Phillips grounded out, but the next batter Andres Blanco tripled. Ozzie FINALLY saw enough of Freddy and called on Neal Cotts to solve the problem. Cotts came in and got Aaron Guiel to fly out, but the ball was hit deep enough to score Blanco making it 9-7 Sox.

The two teams were slient for the rest of the night, until the Royals ninth. Dustin Hermanson came in to close out the game. Hermanson got Mike Sweeney for the first out of the inning and it looked like the game was all but wrapped up. Think again Sox fans!! Matt Stairs singled and Chip Ambres came in to run for him. Ambres would get the chance. The next batter, Emil Brown singled putting runners on first and second. Ambres scored making it 9-8 Sox on a Mark Teahen single. The single also put Emil Brown into third base. Angel Berroa ripped a Hermanson offering to right field scoring Brown, and on Jermaine Dye's bobble of the ball, the game winning run in Mark Teahen scored for the 10-9 Royals win and the Royals and their fans celebrated like the world series was just won while Hawk was yelling "MERCY." Indeed.

Completely unacceptable! Poor playing by the Sox tonight and lack luster pitching has Sox fans looking for answers and even the panic button. Ozzie has a lot of questions to answer and we'll see how this team recovers with the final game against the Royals tomorrow afternoon at 1:10pm. Mark Buehlre (15-7 3.13ERA) will make the start for the Sox and Zach Greinke (4-16 6.06ERA) will pitch for the Royals. Don't let Greinke's numbers fool you. He's pitched well against our Sox in his career. The game will be televised on WGN.

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Ozzieball Update:
 Offense was there, pitching wasn't.


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