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Richard, Sox Smoked in K.C.

July 5 at Kansas City Royals

KW's Daily Special:
Smoked BBQ Pork
The Sox were both overdone and outdone by the Royals.

Short Take:   Clayton Richard was shaky at best, giving runs right back to K.C. that his offense would work so hard to score.

After having their seven game winning streak snapped on the day of Stars and Stripes yesterday afternoon, the Sox looked to start another winning streak today, as they wrapped up the four game series at Kauffman Stadium. Unfortunately, Clayton Richard wasn't dominating, only going 3 2/3 innings, and came up on the short end of a 6-3 decision.

There was no score in this afternoon's contest until the top of the third when the Sox broke the scoreless tie. DeWayne Wise led off with a double to right and went to third on a Brian Bannister wild pitch. After Scott Podsednik went down on strikes, Alexei Ramirez brought Wise home with a sacrifice fly, giving his team a 1-0 lead. It wouldn't stay that way for long, though. Alberto Callaspo led off the bottom half of the third with a single and went to second when Mitch Maier sacrificed him over. David DeJesus followed with a groundout to second, advancing Callaspo to third. Willie Bloomquist's base hit drove Callaspo in with the first run for the Royals, tying the game.

The Sox got that run right back in their half of the fourth. A.J. Pierzynski led off with a single to left. After Gordon Beckham lined out, Chris Getz singled, moving Pierzynski to third. Josh Fields grounded into what looked like was going to be a 6-4-3 double play, but the ball was bobbled and A.J. came home, giving the Sox the lead once again, this time 2-1.

Giving runs right back is what got Clayton Richard into trouble and he did the same thing in the home half of the fourth. Mark Teahen doubled to lead off the inning and after Miguel Olivo fouled out, Brayan Pena doubled, scoring Teahen and tying the game at two. It was in this inning that the Royals would take the lead and never look back. Pena went to third on a wild pitch by Clayton Richard and came home on Callaspo's base hit, putting the Royals in front for good. Callaspo went to second on Mitch Maier's groundout, then David DeJesus singled to left, scoring Callaspo. It was 4-2 Kansas City and Ozzie had seen enough. He pulled Clayton Richard after only 3 2/3 innings in favor of D.J. Carrasco, who got Willie Bloomquist to ground out to short to end the inning.

It was a 4-2 game until the bottom of the fifth when Carrasco's rustiness started to show and he gave up a couple runs. Billy Butler led off with a walk and with two outs, Miguel Olivo went deep for the 13th time this season, scoring Butler ahead of him and just like that, the Royals had a rather commanding 6-2 lead. Jermaine Dye hit a solo homerun in the top of the eighth with two outs, but it wasn't enough, as the Royals and Joakim Soria closed it out. Sox lose 6-3.

After completing a great 5-2 road trip, tomorrow is an off day for the Sox. They'll look to start a new winning streak on Tuesday night when they come home for a brief three game series against the Indians. All-Star Mark Buehrle (8-2, 3.09) will take the mound for the Sox and he'll face Cleveland's Jeremy Sowers (2-6, 5.68). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:11p CDT at U.S. Cellular Field and the game will be broadcast on CSN.

Critic's Corner:
 Three stars- One for every run they gave right back to the Royals.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl

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