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Another lazy, frustrating Sunday

September 3 at Kansas City

How was the trophy defended today?
It wasn't. This team needs to wake up NOW.

Short Take:Sox fail to show up for finale, drop series to last-place Royals.

Somebody, please wake up the White Sox and remind them that they are in a pennant race. One couldn't tell from their play this afternoon as they turned in another lackluster effort to the cellar-dwelling Royals, losing 7-3.

Freddy Garcia, who earlier in the season admitted that he loses focus against lesser opponents, allowed 5 earned runs in 7+ innings of work to take the loss. Paul Konerko hit a solo home run off Royals starter Mark Redman in the second inning to give the Sox an early lead. But after the Sox loaded the bases with two outs in the third and failed to score, Garcia seemed to lose focus. He promptly allowed a game-tying home run to the first batter he faced in the bottom of the 3rd, Angel Berroa.

The Royals struck again in the bottom half of the 4th, this time a 2-run home run by rookie first baseman Ryan Shealy. Meanwhile, Redman continued to frustrate Sox hitters and the score remained 3-1 until the Royals added to their lead in the 6th. Shane Costa doubled and scored on a single by Shealy, and it was 4-1 Kansas City. Redman allowed just one run and four hits in 7 innings of work against the Sox today.

With Redman out of the game, the Sox briefly showed a pulse in the 8th. Jermaine Dye led off with a double and Jim Thome brought him home with a two-run home run to cut the lead to 4-3. After getting back in the game, the wheels came off for the Sox in the 8th. Garcia gave up a leadoff double to Mark Grudzielanek before being pulled in favor of Neal Cotts. Cotts retired the first batter on a sacrifice fly before issuing an intentional walk and being relieved by Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy retired Emil Brown for the second out of the inning before issuing a walk to Shealy to load the bases. Paul Bako was the next hitter, and he hit a soft ground ball off the pitcher's mound which wasn't hit hard enough to allow Juan Uribe to make a play. Everybody was safe, and Grudzielanek scored to put Kansas City ahead 5-3. Berroa followed with a two-run single, and suddenly the Royals were ahead 7-3. That would end up being the final score, as the Sox were unable to mount any semblance of a rally in the 9th.

Despite their recent poor play, the Sox maintain their 0.5 game lead in the wild card race over the Twins, who lost today as well. They are at the moment 5 games behind the division-leading Tigers, who play tonight. The Sox now head to Boston for a 3-game series against the Red Sox which begins tomorrow night. Jon Garland (16-4, 4.47) looks to revive the Sox' playoff run against Julian Tavarez (2-4, 4.90). Gametime is 6:05 pm CDT and the game will be televised on CSN.

Ozzieball Update:
Nothing to report here. Just an uninspired, pathetic effort all the way around.

submitted by beckett21.

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