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Not a K.C. Masterpiece

August 2 at Kansas City Royals

"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 Jokers
Buehrle gets lit up and Thornton allows a late-inning homerun, putting a win just out of reach for the Sox.

Short Take:   Buehrle combusts in a scorcher, going only 4 1/3 innings and yielding eight earned runs on 14 hits.

After the big debut of Ken Griffey, Jr. in a Sox uniform and a Sox victory on Friday night, the team looked to keep the momentum going and ensure themselves a series victory against the Royals the next night. Unfortunately for them, Buehrle didn't have his stuff and was pulled after only 4 1/3 innings. Even though Ehren Wassermann came in and pitched 2 2/3 nice innings, it just wasn't enough. The Sox mounted a comeback in the eighth, but came up just short, 9-7.

Things started out great for Buehrle and the Sox. Orlando Cabrera led off the game with a double to deep right center and advanced to third on Ken Griffey, Jr.'s groundout to second. Cabrera then came home on Carlos Quentin's RBI groundout to short to put the Sox up early, 1-0.

Buehrle sent the Royals down 1-2-3 in the first and looked as though he'd be the Buehrle we know and love, retiring Kansas City on just twelve pitches. He had even more room to work after the Sox's bats went to work in the second. Jim Thome and Paul Konerko (yes, Paul Konerko, who hadn't homered since the beginning of May) went back-to-back to lead off the inning, giving the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Then things got hairy for Buehrle, as Kansas City plated two runs in each of the second through fifth innings. In the second, Billy Butler reached base with a one-out infield single, and went to second on Alex Gordon's base hit. Miguel Olivo then singled, loading the bases for Ross Gload. Gload lifted a fly ball to left, plating Butler for the first Kansas City run. Buehrle then threw a rare wild pitch, moving Gordon to third. Mitch Maier then followed with a single to left center, plating Gordon and making it a 3-2 ballgame.

The hit parade continued an inning later. After Mark Teahen was hit by a pitch (another rarity for Mark) and Jose Guillen lined out to third, Billy Butler homered to left, putting the Royals up for the first time in the series, 4-3. Buehrle allowed two more hits that inning, but escaped without anymore damage. However, that damage would come in the fourth. Mike Aviles (who?!) led off with a double and Esteban German singled him home for the fifth K.C. run. After Mark Teahen popped out to third and German was picked off trying to steal second, Jose Guillen homered to left for the 6-3 Royals lead. After back-to-back singled by Ross Gload and Mitch Maier, Ozzie went to get Buehrle. Ehren Wassermann replaced the struggling starter, but surrendered a triple to Esteban German, allowing the inherited runners to dent the plate. It was 8-3 Royals and looked as though the Sox were out of this ballgame.

Not so, as luck would have it. The Sox made the game very interesting, despite waiting until the eighth inning to do so. With Ron Mahay on the mound, Brian Anderson (who pinch-hit for TCQ) homered to left, and Dye followed with a solo shot of his own to right. All of a sudden, it was an 8-5 game and it looked as though the Sox might have just enough left in the tank on this hot afternoon. Jim Thome doubled to deep left and with P.K. due up, K.C. went to its bullpen for Ramon Ramirez, who walked Konerko, putting runners on first and second. Alexei Ramirez doubled to deep left center, plating Thome for the sixth Sox run and all of a sudden, the tying run was standing on second! A.J. Pierzynski pinch-hit for Toby Hall and lifted a fly ball deep enough to bring Thome in from third for the seventh Sox run, but it wasn't enough. And after all of that hard work, Matt Thornton came in to work the bottom of the eighth and allowed a solo homerun to Miguel Olivo to seal the 9-7 Kansas City victory.

The Sox look to remain in first place in the A.L. Central with a victory this afternoon, and will strive to end this long ten game road trip with a .500 record. Clayton Richard (0-1) looks for his first Major League win as he faces Zack Greinke (8-7) in the blistering heat at Kauffman Stadium. The first pitch is set for 1:10p CDT and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

Quest For the Final Table Update:
 What a relief! Cleveland beat Minnesota, so we survive another day atop the A.L. Central, despite a loss to the Royals.

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