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It Took Ten, But It Was a Win!

June 30 at Kansas City Royals

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Medium-well hamburger
Grinder Ball was seen in both of the innings that the Sox scored.

Short Take: Dominating starting pitching and a bullpen that held the Royals scoreless was the story, as the Sox beat K.C. 3-1 in ten.

It was a cool, dreary evening in Kansas City, but the Sox were anything but dreary tonight as the found themselves the recipients of awesome starting pitching by rookie John Danks, and solid work out of the bullpen. The end result? A ten inning, 3-1 victory!

Things started immediately for the Sox. Odalis Perez walked Scott Podsednik on four pitches to lead off the game, and he quickly found himself on second, thanks to a wild pitch by Perez. The wildness continued for the K.C. hurler, as he also walked Andy Gonzalez, putting runners on first & second for Jim Thome. Thome singled to center, scoring Pods easily and putting the Sox in front early, 1-0. What could've been an early rally was killed by Paul Konerko's 5-4-3 double play and Iguchi's fly out to center.

Danks was simply masterful throughout the game, working out of a few jams. He held the Royals scoreless until a solo shot by Emil Brown in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game 1-1.

Ozzie sent Matt Thornton out to pitch the ninth and he successfully kept the Royals from scoring, despite allowing a single by Mark Teahen. Taking every precaution to preserve the tie late in the game, Guillen signaled for Ryan Bukvich, who got Brown to pop out to Iguchi.

It was on to the tenth for the Sox, who were facing Royals's closer, Octavio Dotel. A.J. Pierynski pinch hit for Toby Hall and singled to center. Showing bunt, Scott Podsednik was hit by the pitch, putting A.J. in scoring position. Andy Gonzalez struck out and Jim Thome lined out, leaving the Sox with one out to work with. Dotel threw a wild pitch with Konerko at-bat, advancing Podsednik & Pierzynski to second and third, respectively. Not wanting to take their chances with Konerko, the Royals intentionally put him on, loading the bases. Iguchi delivered, singling to right and plating both A.J. and Pods, giving the Sox a 3-1 lead. Jenks pitched the bottom of the tenth, retiring the side in order and nailing down his 21st save of the season.

Our Sox will go for another series victory tomorrow afternoon and look to come back to Chicago 6-1 on this roadtrip. The south siders will throw Jon Garland (5-5) against John Thomson (1-0). The first pitch is scheduled for 1:10p CDT and the game will be televised on CSN.

Back to the Grind Update:
Grinder Ball was seen in the first and last innings, as those are the only two where the Sox tallied runs.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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