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*Yawn* Oh, we beat the Royals, again

June 5, vs. Kansas City

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hole Cards:
Pair of 6's
Sox score 6 runs again to defeat Kansas City. Yeah, a pair of 6's won't win everytime, but come on... It's the Royals.

Short Take: 4-run 2nd inning puts Kansas City away, as Sox win 3rd straight behind dominant Contreras

Jose Contreras owned the Royals Thursday night. It wasn't really even fair, as the big righty won his third straight decision and 6th overall, needing 100 pitches to work 7 strong innings, only allowing a run and 4 hits. Kansas City starter Gil Meche took 115 pitches, couldn't get out of the sixth, and by the time he left, he had allowed more than twice as many runs as the Royals offense would provide him in support. Oh, Kansas City... No matter how many times the mediots try and tell me how you've got lots of young talent and potential, you'll still just always be a bunch of perpetual losers to me.

For the 25,000+ humans and canines in attendance tonight, really, the Sox's half of the 2nd inning had a lot for you to chew on, unless you're all right with watching Jose Contreras handcuff a bunch of prospects and other guys who only marginally belong in the Major Leagues (in which case, read on). After Meche set the Sox down 1-2-3 in the 1st, he walked Paul Konerko to lead off the frame and then gave up a single to Jim Thome. Konerko, unfortunately, was gunned down trying to stretch to third base. After Jermaine Dye doubled, it looked as if the Sox's offense would be undone tonight by foolish mistakes on the basepaths instead of the usual lack of clutch hitting. But not this night, as Nick Swisher continued his campaign to keep his batting average above .200 with an RBI single to score Thome. Swisher finished the night 1-4, so he actually rose his average a point to .204. Atta boy, Nick! Toby Hall then drew a walk to load the bases, and just when it looked like Pablo Ozuna would deliver the usual, inning ending double play, fate intervened and Meche just got enough glove on that comebacker to knock it down, keep it away from Mark Grudzielanek and prevent the double play, but rather credit Ozuna with an RBI groundout. Orlando Cabrera then put the game seemingly out of reach, singling to right field to score Swisher and Hall and just like that: Sox 4, Royals 0.

Kansas City got a run back in the third when Joey Gathright single handedly manufactured it himself, reaching on a bunt single to second, stealing second, stealing third, and scoring when Hall's throw to third base ended up in left field. Contreras then went ahead and retired 15 of the next 17 batters, only allowing a 2-out triple to David DeJesus in the 5th and a lead-off double to Mark Teahan in the 7th. Neither man advanced, whether it be thanks to Jose's brilliance or Kansas City's collective ineptitude (probably a combination of both).

The Sox added a pair of insurance runs, the first in the 4th, started with a 2-out bunt by Pablo Ozuna. He reached when Meche couldn't cleanly field the ball. Ozuna moved to scoring position when O.C. drew a walk, and scored on a single by Alexei Ramirez, who responded to batting 2nd by going 1-5 on the night. Don't get too used to it, Sox fans, likely A.J. Pierzynski will be back in usual spot after his day off tomorrow. In the 7th off reliever Joel Peralta, Jim Thome launched his 519th career homer, a solo shot that put the Sox up 6-1. Teahan, the pest that he is, lead off the 9th with a solo shot off Nick Masset, but it was far too little and far too late, as Masset retired the next three to end the game and close the door on a sweep.

The win pushes the Sox's record to 33-26, which is no longer the worst record of any team pacing its division, so everyone complaining that this Sox team "isn't for real" can just shut the hell up. At 7 games over .500, it also matches' the high water mark for the season. Thanks to Baltimore's 3-2 win this afternoon in Minneapolis, the Sox have once again opened up a 2 1/2 game lead over Minnesota in the Central, and look who's coming to town for a 4-game series! Nick Blackburn will tote the mound for the Twins against Javier Vazquez in what should be an entertaining weekend of baseball on the South Side. First pitch tomorrow is the usual 7:11 start time and the game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
Kansas City goes bust when it can't match another one of our aces.

submitted by doublem23.

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Orlando Cabrera

Lead-off hitter powered the offense tonight, as his 2-out, 2-RBI single in 2nd inning essentially put this one out of reach.

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