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Step into the way back machine

August 20 vs Kansas City Royals

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Rump Roasts
Because they "come from behind". Get it? Get it? I'll be here all week, tip your waitress.

Short Take:   Much like 22 years ago, the Sox win by one.

It has been 22 years since the first ever August 20 meeting in Chicago between the White Sox and Kansas City Royals. The year is 1985 and a bearded Ronald Reagan is running the country. A jewel-encrusted Huey Lewis is wowing us with his "Power of Love". Sox fans are saddened by the death of former player Clarence Fieber just that morning. Yet time marches forward and there is baseball to be played. So put on your Imaginary Capes and fly with me toward places unknown.

'Twas a pitcher's duel to start the game. Both Bud Black and Tom Seaver were dealing and shared only 8 total baserunners between them through the first 4.5 innings. It wasn't until the bottom of the 5th when some scoring happened. Right fielder Harold Baines led off with a double and left fielder Reid Nichols (who isn't known as a home run hitter) hits one out to give the Sox a 2-0 lead. Black strikes out the next two batters before center fielder Luis Salazar gets a single and swipes second. He is left stranded as third baseman Tim Hullet goes down swinging.

Kansas City wastes no time getting back into the game. Second baseman Frank White leads off the sixth inning with a double. Right fielder Dane Iorg hits a ball deep to left and just like that, the game is tied. Seaver gives up a double to first baseman Steve Balboni and his night is done. Dan Spillner is in and promptly hits catcher John Wathan with a pitch. Shortstop Buddy Biancalana grounds out and Wathan is relieved by lefty Juan Agosto. He gives up a single to left fielder Lonnie Smith and the Royals take the lead. Agosto gets George Brett to pop out and avoid further damage.

No more runs score until the bottom of the seventh. Second baseman Julio Cruz gets a one out solo homer off reliever Joe Beckwith (who had relieved Mike Jones after he relieved Black in the sixth). Tie game. Salazar singles, steals second and Hulett singles him home. Sox take the lead, 4-3! Beckwith is done and Mike LaCoss comes in to get DH Ron Kittle and with first baseman Greg Walker at the plate, Hulett is picked off to end the frame.

The score would remain 4-3 at the start of the 9th. It is do or die time for the Royals. The Sox closer Bob James is on the mound in persuit of his 9th batter retired in a row. History would not be made in 1985 as Lonnie Smith leads off with a single. The record is not broken but James does get the next three in a row to secure the save and a White Sox winner!

Back to the Grind Update:
 In Soviet Russia, 1985 eats you!

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