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Bunt, Sac, and Run Gets it Done

May 30th vs. the Kansas City Royals

KW's Daily Special:
Old-School Cookin'
The White Sox dress and play like old-school ballplayers as they beat the Royals 5-3.

Short Take:This is why Ozzie loves bunts.

Kenny's Burger Joint was old-school tonight as the White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3. The menu was a throwback to days of basic, filling meals like bunt hits and baggy uniforms. The night was a tribute to the Kansas City Monarchs and the Chidago American Giants, both dominant Negro League teams of their day.

Master Chef Mark Buehrle was in fine form as he threw 7-1/3 innings, leaving with no decision as the Royals tied the game in the 7th. But old-school baseball was in full display as the Sox came back to score 2 runs in the 9th on nice bat-handling and basepath behavior that rattled Royals defenders.

The Royals started breaking dishes right away, as Royals' rightfielder Willie Bloomquist led off the 1st with a triple just out of the reach of Brian Anderson. A Baltimore chop off the plate by Royals' centerfielder Mitch Maier was enough to bring Bloomquist home, putting the Royals in front 1-0. Buehrle was unimpressed, though, getting a string of outs until the 3rd when Bloomquist returned with a single, followed by his RBI partner Maier, who hit a triple into right-center that scored Bloomquist again. The Royals were now up 2-0.

Royals starter Gil Meche was wild and shaky the first few innings. The Sox, though, couldn't bring themselves to take advantage of it, not scoring until the 4th when Jermaine Dye tripled into right field. (What is it about triples tonight, anyway? Kenny's Burger Joint had a rush on triples from the carryout menu.) Big Jim Thome hit a monstro fly ball to center that looked like it might tie the game, but was caught at the wall by Mitch Maier. Dye scored easily, making it 2-1.

Kenny's popcorn machine looked like it was getting hot in the 7th when Paul Konerko led off with a single, followed by a single deflected off the glove of Royals firstbaseman Billy Butler. The deflection of the ball allowed Konerko to display that blazing speed for which he is famous, as he chugged into third. A Meche wild pitch to Brian Anderson allowed Pierzynski to go to second, but Anderson struck out. Chris Getz gets going with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Konerko. Tie game, 2-2.

John Bale relieved Meche in the 8th, when the Sox started strutting their old-school skills. Scott Podsednik bunted a single, followed by another bunt single by Alexei Ramirez. Both of these brought consternation to the Royals infield and rattled Bale as he walked Jermaine Dye, loading the bases. Jim Thome followed with a grounder to Bale that Thome nearly beat as Bale stumbled in his haste and confusion. The play at first allowed Podsednik to score from third, putting the Sox in the lead. A tough-luck double play off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski ended the inning. 3-2 Sox.

Unlamented former Sox catcher Miguel Olivo led off the Royals' 8th with a solo homer off Buehrle that tied the game 3-3. Scott Linebrink came in to relieve Buehrle and finish the inning. But the Sox were determined to keep Kenny's griddle hot in the 9th. Juan Cruz was brought in to pitch the 9th for the Royals and looked sharp striking out Dewayne Wise, pinch-hitting for Anderson. But Chris Getz singled, followed by a walk to Josh Fields, followed by an RBI single by Podsednik. Though Podsednik was caught in a rundown between first and second, Alexei Ramirez got his own RBI single scoring Fields from third. 5-3 Sox going into the bottom of the 9th.

Time for the head bouncer at Kenny's Burger Joint to announce last call: Bobby Jenks came in, quickly getting 2 outs and then giving up a seeing-eye single to Royals thirdbaseman Mark Teahen. Pinch-hitter Mike Jacobs faced off with Jenks as Bobby turned the griddle up to flapjack heat, throwing 99-mph fastballs that Jacobs fouled off. The door was closed when Jenks threw an 84-mph curve for called-strike three.

There's no school like the old school.

Critic's Corner:
Bunts came up big. Let's do it again sometime!

submitted by tebman.

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