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Greinke Mows Down the Sox

May 5, at Kansas City

KW's Daily Special:
Glass of Ice Water
A nice, lean meal that's guaranteed not to fill you up.  Hey, there!  Not too many ice cubes... Who do you think we are, the Yankees?

Short Take: Sox start Jayson Nix, Scott Podsednik, and Brent Lillibridge tonight vs. baseball's best pitcher.  Expected results ensue.

Zack Greinke entered tonight's game with a minuscule 0.50 ERA on the season and thanks to another anemic performance by the White Sox "hitters," he lowered it.  Greinke went 9 strong innings, striking out 10, surrendering only 6 hits, and walking none en route to his second shutout of the season and league-leading 6th win as he blanked the Sox in a 3-0 win tonight at Kauffman Stadium.

To be fair, the Sox were missing both Jermaine Dye and Josh Fields, who were battling minor injuries as result of being plunked this weekend in Texas, but it probably wouldn't have mattered.  The Sox just couldn't get much going; Greinke retired the first 7 batters he faced, and the first guy to reach base, Scott Podsednik, on a single in the third was promptly thrown out trying to steal second.  Podsednik's double to lead-off the 6th inning marked the first time the Sox put a runner in scoring position (Brent Lillibridge, Chris Getz, and Jayson Nix failed to even move him to third, let alone actually get a run in).  The only other real threat the Sox put together all night came in the 8th, when A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez lead off the inning with back-to-back singles, but that threat was quickly neutralized as Podsednik grounded into a double play and Wilson Betemit, pinch hitting for Lillibridge, struck out.

Even with that GIDP, that last paragraph was kind to Podsednik, but he was an absolute butcher in right field tonight, highlighted by his misplay of soft bounce on a single in the third.  That error allowed Jose Guillen, who was being held at third, to score the first, and ultimately, winning run for Kansas City.

If there was one bright spot tonight, it was another solid outing put together by Bartolo Colon and Clayton Richard.  Colon only went 5 innings, but he pitched well enough to realistically get a win, allowing just the 3 runs, only 2 earned, and struck out 7.  He was tagged for only one homer, a solo shot by David DeJesus in the third, but you really can't complain about that kind of performance out of your fifth starter, especially when everyone else was so inadequate.  Richard relieved Colon in the 6th and went the final three innings of the game, allowing 3 hits and 1 walk over 3 innings, with my personal highlight of his night coming in the 6th, when after allowing a lead-off single to Miguel Olivo, he picked him off first and after a quick run down, was tagged out by Getz as he dove back to first.  Hey, when you lose 3-0, you got to savor the little things, and this was especially sweet, considering what a little bitch Olivo has turned into since being traded by the Sox in 2004.

Anyways, if you made it this far through the TBGR, you should be entitled to a prize.  The only thing worse than watching your team be totally dismantled is probably reading about it.  Nevertheless, the Sox and Royals will mix it up again tomorrow in the finale of their brief, 2-game series.  "All or Nothing" Gavin Floyd will take the mound against Kyle Davies, who already shut down the Sox in early April.  The game will start at 7:05 PM and will be aired on Comcast Sports Net Plus.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  Well, when you can't beat guys with an ERA over 7, you're not going to beat guys with an ERA under 1.  At least this didn't take too long.

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