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Not Enough

May 5 vs. Kansas City Royals

How was the trophy defended today?
Garland did his best...others didn't.

Short Take:  Sox take a 2-1 lead to the ninth inning, but 'pen can't hold on in a 5-4 loss.

It seemed almost too perfect. Two solo shots are all the Sox needed, Garland looked like the 2005 Jon, and Bobby Jenks was going to come in to nail down our 21st win of the season. But it wasn't meant to be.

The Sox and Royals started a three game series on the south side tonight with Jon Garland looking to keep it going for the Sox who have won their last 10 games at home. That streak would be stopped tonight by Scott Elarton and the last place Kansas City Royals.

Garland was working through six innings by keeping the Royals off the scoreboard, they broke through in the seventh on a Estaban German RBI single that made it 1-0. It scored John Buck who doubled.

The Sox launched their counter attack in their half of the frame. Tadahito Iguchi connected on a solo shot to right center field to tie the game. In the eighth, Joe Crede who has been nothing but clutch since the 2005 ALCS, gave the Sox the 2-1 lead with his sixth home run of the season.

But, with Matt Thorton starting the ninth, things would get interesting. Aaron Guiel walked to start the inning. That promted Ozzie to bring in the closer Bobby Jenks. Jenks got a quick out on a sac bunt by Angel Berroa that advanced Guiel to second. Tony Graffanino pinch hit and walked setting up a first and second situation with one out. Tonights Royals hero, Esteban German singled to score Guiel to tie the game. Next batter, Kerry Robinson singled to make it a 3-2 game. And so the Royals train went. Jenks left the game making way for Boone Logan who wouldn't provide much help. He served up a walk and another RBI single that scored two. Ozzie's next choice out of the clown car was Cliff Politte. He stopped the bleeding by getting Emil Brown to pop out. When the fire ended, it was 5-2 Royals.

You got to hand it to the Sox though...they didn't cave. Jim Thome hit a two run homer in the ninth to bring the Sox within one. After the home run, Paul Konerko singled. Pablo Ozuna came on to run for Paulie setting up the at-bat for A.J. Pierzynski. A.J. flew out to put the Royals one out away from victory. But the Sox still showed signs of life. Joe Crede singled putting runners on first and second for uber-bench man Rob Mackowiak. The Oak Lawn native wouldn't provide much South Side pride though. Rob flew out to center to end the game.

Oh well, you can't win them all. A nice start by Jon Garland was wasted tonight by a very inaffective bullpen. Tomorrow, same two teams go at it. Game time is 6:05 and it can be seen on Comcast Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update:
 Some people may wonder why Jenks, the closer, just didn't come on to start the ninth.

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