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Thank God for the Royals

September 11, vs. Toronto

"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:
Ace with no kicker
Gavin throws a gem, but the Sox offense can't find anything to support him

Short Take: Sox drop series finale to red-hot Jays, but stay alone in first place thanks to Kansas City's 10-inning win over Minnesota.

One day after Mark Buehrle lifted the White Sox with a dominant 7-inning performance, Gavin Floyd looked to pull the same rabbit out of his hat, and while Floyd pitched almost equally effective, the Sox offense, who touched up Roy Halladay the night before was silent against Shaun Marcum.  A late rally by the Sox was just too little, too late as the Jays held on for the 6-4 win at the Cell, however, thanks to Minnesota's earlier 4-3 extra innings loss to the Royals, the Sox remain 1 game ahead of the slumping Twins.

First things first Gavin pitched a pretty solid game.  With the Sox not having the answers against Marcum, Floyd did everything he could to keep his team in the game, and through the first 7 innings, neither side notched a run.  Through the first seven innings, only 4 runners reached scoring position and none ever passed 2nd base.  However, in this pitcher's duel, it was Gavin who blinked first.  Clearly gassed entering the 8th inning, Ozzie trotted his starter out for one more frame and the results were disastrous.  A lead off double by Travis Snider should have been enough, but Floyd as allowed to pitch to four more batters, only recording 1 out and that was even via a sacrifice bunt.  When Gavin left, the Jays held on to a 1-0 lead an threatened to break the game wide open with the bases loaded.  Matt Thornton almost put the fire out, but after striking out Adam Lind, he allowed a 2-run single to Lyle Overbay.  Ehren Wassermann proved to be equally ineffective, allowing a 1-run double and 2-run single, and was only bailed out of the inning because Scott Rolen was caught at 2nd trying to turn his single into two bases.  Considering the Sox weren't getting anybody out that inning, it was a gift, but the damage been done.  In a game featuring only 6 hits before the 8th inning, Toronto threw up a 6-run spot.

The Sox, though, give them credit, battled right back. A pair of 1-out singles by Juan Uribe and Orlando Cabrera prompted Cito Gaston to replace his starter, but the Blue Jay bullpen was almost as bad as the Sox's.  Scott Downs allowed a 2-run double to Jermaine Dye and then a 2-run homer to Jim Thome, and suddenly that insurmountable 6-run deficit had been chopped to 2, very comeback-able.  It wasn't to be, after a tense 9th inning, the Sox put their lead off man on courtesy of a HBP from B.J. Ryan to A.J. Pierzynski, but pinch runner Jason Bourgeois should have never even sniffed 2nd, only reaching third thanks to an error by Scott Rolen.  It didn't matter, Ryan was on top of his game, striking out Ken Griffey, Jr., Nick Swisher, and Orlando Cabrera to end the game and kept the top of the A.L. Central standings frozen for the night.

The Sox open their last series of this homestand and their 2nd to last of the season tomorrow night against the Detroit Tigers.  John Danks goes up against Justin Verlander, AKA the Sox's Bitch, tomorrow night at the Cell.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:11 PM Chicago time and the game can be seen on Comcast Sports Net.  The Twins, on the other hand, head east to Baltimore for a weekend series with the Orioles.  Keep those heads up, Sox fans...  16 games to go and first place is still ours!

Quest For the Final Table Update: 
Probably overplayed Gavin Floyd for a few batters too long, but there's just not a whole lot the manager can do when his offense doesn't show up until you're down 6 runs in the 8th inning.

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