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No Letdown!

August 15, vs. Kansas City

How was the trophy defended today?
Garland was on his game again, but the story of tonight's game was the offense hitting on all cylinders, pounding out 16 hits and 12 runs against a team that was clearly overmatched.

Short Take: Powered by 8-run 4th inning, surging Sox win 5th game in a row in a royal rout.

Having just taken 5 of 6 from two division leaders, it wouldn't have been shocking if the White Sox suffered a major euphoria hangover and dropped tonight's game to the hapless Royals. Disappointing? Yes. Shocking? Not at all. Instead, the White Sox responded in championship form, powering past the overmatched cellar dwellers behind a strong outing from Jon Garland and an 8-run 4th inning capped by a 2-run bomb courtesy of Jim Thome, the White Sox pulverized Kansas City in a 12-2 rout to win their 9th in 13 meetings between the two teams this year.

Though the final score doesn't reflect it, this game was actually tight for the first few innings. Kansas City managed a baserunner every inning for the first four, and twice put runners in scoring position, once on a double by Mark Grudzielanek and also on an error charged to A.J. Pierzysnski, on an attempted steal of second by Emil Brown... The throw was there, Tadahito Iguchi did not make the play and the ball ended up in centerfield, however, the error still went to A.J. Garland, however, was effective when he needed to be, blowing hitters away and bearing down and battling at the same time. The Sox offense, meanwhile was being silenced by All-Star Mark Redman. Though they threatened in the 2nd, putting Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye on third and first with none out, they could not produce. Through three, the Sox and Royals shared an 0-3-0 line.

The floodgates opened in the 4th, however. After Jon Garland struck out John Buck (in a lengthy at bat, mind you) with Brown standing at third, the offense finally answered the call and gave their starter some run support. Jim Thome and Paul Konerko started the rally with back-to-back singles. Redman then plunked Jermaine Dye with the first pitch of the at bat to load 'em up for A.J. Pierzynski, who sliced a single that somehow stayed inside the left field foul line, scoring the first two runs of the game and moving Dye to third. Joe Crede followed with a double that rolled to the left-center field wall that scored Dye easily and Pierzynski around from first (though, to be fair, Joey "Crazy Wave" Cora would have cost the Sox had Angel Berroa not double clutched on the rely) and suddenly the Sox were up 4-0. Crede moved to third on a deep fly out by Juan Uribe, but he would have scored anyway as Brian Anderson continued his quietly hot hitting streak with a blooper single the fell just over the head of the drawn in infield. Considering some of the sharply hit balls he couldn't get to drop in April and May, I feel no guilt about the ducksnort RBI. After the 2nd out of the inning, Anderson was standing on second for Tadahito Iguchi, who commerorated the official "batting around the inning" at bat with an RBI single. Thome capped the monster he created with a 2-run bomb to left field that chased Redman from the game and put a huge exclamation point on the night for the Sox.

The Sox would go on to score 4 more runs, highlighted by a homer by Brian Anderson. Jon Garland pitched very well, winning his 13th by tossing 7 strong innings, allowing just 7 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5 while allowing just 1 run; not coincidentally, when he allowed his only walk of the game, the lead-off variety to Emil Brown in the 7th inning. Anderson had already stroked his solo job so the lead was cut back down to 8, but the Sox answered by pounding out their final 3 runs of the game off Andy Sisco the very next frame.

The bullpen combo of Dave Riske and Brandon McCarthy pitched well enough to hold on to the lead the Sox had built, though Brandon did allow a lead-off homer to John Buck in the 9th, but he then promptly settled down and didn't allow another ball to leave the infield as the Sox prevail 12-2. Meanwhile, in Boston, the Tigers dropped the Red Sox 7-4, so while the Sox remain 5 1/2 back of the first place Tigers, they did extend their lead a game over Boston and 1/2 a game over the idle Twins. The Sox and Royals have at it again tomorrow at the Cell when Javier Vazquez goes for his 12th win of the season against Runlevys Hernandez, who has not won a game since July 21 and has watched his ERA balloon from 6.75 to 8.15 in those 4 starts (in which he boast an 0-3 record). The first pitch is set for 7:05 PM Central time and the game will be aired over Comcast Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update:
Despite being one of the most powerful teams in the league, the Sox still can manufacture runs in a big way, as the score only 3 of their 12 tonight courtesy of the longball.

submitted by doublem23.

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Brian Anderson

3-3 with a walk, 2 runs, and a solo home run. Batting average is up to .225 now, and if he turns it on the rest of the way, this line-up is going to be impossible to pitch against.

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