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Attack on Zack: Sox Sweep!

May 31 at Kansas City Royals

KW's Daily Special:
Perfectly Barbecued Pork
The burger joint was cookin' throughout the whole game and the Sox swept their first series of the season.

Short Take:   The Sox do what no other team has been able to so far this season- score four off Greinke.

Last night's messy win solidified a fourth series victory and winning roadtrip for the Sox, but they wanted that coveted sweep. The Sox went into this afternoon's contest knowing they had their work cut out for them against the tough Zack Greinke and his 0.84 ERA. Amazingly, they found a way to hit him hard and though they didn't specifically beat Greinke, the end result was a 7-4 victory and a sweep!

Things started primitively for the White Sox against Greinke. Scott Podsednik led off the ballgame with a triple to deep center, putting the Sox in excellent position to score early. After Alexei Ramirez failed to bring Podsednik home with a ground out to Greinke, Dye struck out. Next was Jim Thome, who beat the shift and hit one right through the gap between short and third, giving the Sox the early 1-0 lead.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the second when the Royals put up a three-spot. Mark Teahen reached on an infield single and Miguel Olivo singled, moving Teahen to second. David DeJesus followed with a double, plating both Teahen and Olivo, giving the Royals a 2-1 lead. Then with two out, Mitch Maier doubled to shallow center, scoring DeJesus and making it a 3-1 game in favor of Kansas City.

Danks struggled a little more an inning later when he gave up another run. Mark Jacobs led off the inning with a double and after Jose Guillen popped out and Teahen went down on strikes, Olivo singled, scoring Jacobs and just like that, it was a 4-1 game in favor of K.C.

With Greinke on the mound for the Royals, it was tough to think that the Sox could make a game of this one, but they did just that. Jim Thome led off the top of the fourth with his second hit of the game and after Paul Konerko flied out, A.J. Pierzynski doubled to right center, moving Thome over to third. Dewayne Wise went down on strikes, but with an 0-2 count and two outs, Josh Fields picked him up and singled back up the middle, scoring both Thome and Pierzynski to make it a 4-3 game. The Sox tied the game in the fifth when Pods led off with a double and went to third with one out on a passed ball by Miguel Olivo. Jermaine Dye then broke his tough afternoon off Greinke and singled Scotty home, tying the game at four.

They waited until the top of the ninth to score again, but the Sox made it worth it! Jamey Wright started the inning for the Royals and got Konerko on strikes. John Bale relieved Wright and the Sox went to work. A.J. singled to left and went to second on a wild pitch. Brian Anderson pinch hit for Dewayne Wise and walked; enter Juan Cruz. Josh Fields walked, loading the bases for Chris Getz, who hadn't had a hit on the afternoon. He singled to right, plating A.J. and B.A., putting the Sox up 6-4. Getz advanced to second on the throw home, which Anderson beat, and Podsednik followed with his third hit on the afternoon, scoring Getz, and capping the scoring. Bobby Jenks came in and pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth, earning his 12th save of the season. Sox win 7-4!

After an outstanding 5-1 road trip, the Sox come back home for twelve games in eleven days, beginning with four against the Oakland A's. Bartolo Colon (3-4, 3.80) will start the game at U.S. Cellular Field for the Sox, and the A's will counter with Trevor Cahill (2-5, 4.45). The first pitch is set for 7:11p CDT and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

Critic's Corner:
 It all came together for the Sox this afternoon- pitching, defense, and timely hitting- resulting in their eighth victory in the last ten ballgames.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl

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