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A Royal Rout for Peavy's Debut

September 19th vs. the Kansas City Royals

KW's Daily Special:
Well-Done Kansas City Beef
It's good to gorge at a late-summer picnic. Love that tenderized KC steak!

Short Take:Jake Peavy performed as advertised, throwing sharp pitches while the bats dance in a 13-3 rout of the Royals.

Kenny's Burger Joint is a place that knows how to throw a celebration. When a new arrival joins the family it's time to spread out the all-you-can-eat buffet, and that's what happened tonight as Jake Peavy pitched his first game in a Sox uniform and the Sox bats responded in a 13-3 drubbing of the Kansas City Royals.

The story tonight was the debut of the heralded Jake Peavy. Long anticipated while he was on the disabled list, he didn't disappoint. In five innings of work he gave up three earned runs with five strikeouts and two walks. He clearly wanted to pitch longer, but the Sox braintrust wanted him to go slow after not having pitched for several months. His pitches were sharp, he threw strikes, and he wasn't afraid to pitch inside. That, my friends, is a major-league pitcher.

The Sox scored in the first after leadoff man Jason Nix reached first on an error by KC third baseman Alex Gordon, followed by a single from Gonzo Gordon Beckham and an RBI single from A.J. Pierzynski. The Royals trumped that in the top of the second with a single by Alberto Callaspo, a walk by Miguel Olivo, and an RBI single by Alex Gordon, followed by a perfectly-executed squeeze bunt by Yuniesky Betancourt that scored Olivo from third. 2-1 Royals in the middle of the second.

The Royals picked up a run in the third on Billy Butler's solo homer. Paul Konerko matched that in the Sox half of the third with his own solo homer, making it 3-2 Royals after three innings. The Sox tied the game in the fourth when Alex Rios singled home Jermaine Dye from second.

But it didn't stay tied for long. In the Sox fifth, KC starter Dusty Hughes was taken out in the middle of Paul Konerko's at-bat because of a sudden injury. Yahuhiko Yabuta came in to pitch and provided the first pass at that all-you-can-eat buffet for the White Sox. Konerko walked, then Alexei Ramirez singled, followed by another walk to Jermaine Dye. Yabuta went 3-0 on (The) Carlos Quentin with the bases loaded, then offered a batting-practice pitch on a 3-1 count that TCQ launched deep in the left-field seats for a grand slam. Ka-boom, and suddenly it's 7-3 Sox. Ah, I love the smell of fireworks in the evening.

Peavy was replaced in the sixth by Randy Williams, who took the Royals 1-2-3 with two strikeouts. Nice work. But in the bottom of the sixth, something happened that was at once cringe-inducing and laugh-provoking. Jason Nix walked and, while sturdy young Gordon Beckham was at bat, attempted to steal second. Royals catcher John Buck threw him out convincingly and in his follow-through struck Beckham convincingly in a gentleman's most sensitive area. There was a brief delay as Beckham recovered his breath and his dignity, surrounded by Ozzie Guillen, trainer Herm Schneider, and on-deck wiseguy A.J. Pierzynski, all of whom offered little but commiseration and bad jokes. Beckham grounded out and remarkably was able to run full speed to first. Congratulations, Gordon, on your first YouTube moment.

Still hungry, the Sox went back to the buffet table in the eighth and picked up six more runs. Alex Rios singled, Tyler Flowers singled, Jason Nix scored Rios on an RBI single, then a wild pitch by KC reliever Victor Marte allowed runners to advance to second and third. A.J. Pierzynski walked, loading the bases for Konerko, who singled Flowers home. Then Alexei Ramirez hit a ground-rule double that bounced into the right-field seats, scoring Nix and Pierzynski. Then Dye singled, scoring both Konerko and Ramirez. By the time this was done the Sox scored six more, making it 13-3 after eight. A little payback, perhaps, for the 11-0 drubbing the night before? Scott Linebrink made short work of the KC hayseeds in ninth, wrapping it up with a 13-3 final.

Welcome to Chicago, Jake. You're grindy, and we like that in a guy. So much, in fact, that Kenny's Joint trots out the all-you-can-eat hitting menu in celebration. Can you pitch more often, maybe? We really, really like to leave on a full stomach.

Critic's Corner:
Stars for everybody! Jake Peavy is a real prize and Sox offense flexed its previously-concealed muscle tonight.

submitted by tebman.

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A grand slam makes a good night for everybody. Got that swing back now, TCQ? We've missed you.

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