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Monarchs Deposed

May 6 vs. Kansas City

How was the trophy defended today?
A balanced attack of pitching and hitting made this one look easy.

Short Take: Pinned down by Vazquez, the Royals are depantsed and humiliated by a relentless Sox hitting assault.

You’d think the Royals might have started looking forward to playing the White Sox, seeing as three of their seven wins this season have come at Chicago’s expense. Not so after this night. The South Siders struck early and often with RBIs coming from throughout the order, and Javier Vazquez continued to own the Royals’ hitters to give the Sox a 9-2 win over Kansas City.

The one-two leadoff tandem of Scott Podsednik and Tadahito Iguchi jumped on Kansas City starter Runelvys Hernandez to start the game. Pods doubled and Iguchi-san singled him home. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Brian Anderson took Hernandez’s first pitch of the inning deep to left-center to make it 2-0 good guys. Ross Gload sacrificed home the third Sox run of the game in the bottom of the 4th inning. Paul Konerko had singled, and A.J. Pierzynski had followed suit. The runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, opening the door for Gload’s RBI flyball.

During all of this, Vazquez was throwing a perfect game. While the Sox batsmen were hitting Hernandez hard, Vazquez was consistently throwing first-pitch strikes and getting ahead in the count. The Royals managed to hit only three balls out of the infield through the first five innings, all fly outs.

The Sox broke it open in the bottom of the 5th inning. Singles by Anderson and Iguchi set the stage for Big Jim Thome’s league-leading 13th home run of the year to make it 6-0 Sox.

The Royals grabbed one back in the 6th inning. Shortstop Angel Berroa doubled off Vazquez, and thirdbaseman Esteban German moved him to third on a single. Catcher Paul Bako grounded into a double play, but Berroa scored.

The Sox were far from done, though. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Iguchi singled again, then Thome and Konerko both walked to load the bases. Pierzynski drove home two runs with his third hit of the night, and it was 8-1 Sox.

Vazquez started the top of the 8th inning, but the Royals got to him again. Emil Brown banged a ground rule double over the centerfield wall, and German drove him home with a single. That made it 8-2 Sox, and Vazquez departed to grand applause for his stellar effort this night.

Iguchi hit his fourth single of the night in the bottom of the 8th, and moved to second on another walk to Thome. Konerko singled to bring Iguchi home, and the Sox won this one easily, 9-2.

Vazquez went seven and two-thirds innings and gave up four hits, two runs and no walks. He struck out six Royals and earned his fourth win of the season. The Sox look to win the rubber match of this series Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. It’s a matchup of southpaws, as Stud Ace Mark Buehrle (3-2, 3.76 ERA) faces LHP Mark Redman (0-2, 7.00 ERA). Game time is 1:05 Central.

Ozzieball Update:
Drive the runner in. Do it again. Again. Again...

submitted by Baby Fisk.

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