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Failed Catch in Fourth Seals Sox's Fate

May 16 at Kansas City Royals

Alexei Ramirez
Gavin Floyd

Floyd has yet to have a solid outing this season, and further sealed his case when it couldn't pitch around a fly ball that should have been caught behind him in the fourth.

Short Take:   Gavin Floyd's struggles continued this afternoon, but it can't all be blamed on him- a routine fly ball that wasn't caught spelled disaster and the Sox saw their two-run lead permanently disappear.

This afternoon in Kansas City, the game time weather was eeringly similar to the mood of the Sox and their fans so far this season- cool, damp, and gray. Nothing could warm the hearts and minds of the Sox and their fans this afternoon, not even the fact that they were sitting pretty to take two of three from the Royals, facing Brian Bannister, whom the Sox have had success against. That success did not continue this afternoon, as Bannister held the Sox to just three runs in six innings. What really killed the Sox, though, was a defensive miscue in the fourth. In the end, the five runs Kansas City scored in two innings was enough and the Royals came out victorious, 5-3.

The Sox scored a pair early in this contest, courtesy of Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez. With one out in the second, Rios hit a solo shot to put the Sox up 1-0. Mark Kotsay and A.J. Pierzynski follwed with back-to-back singles, and it looked as though the Sox were setting themselves up for a big inning. Looks were deceiving, though. Despite Alexei Ramirez's RBI single, which scored Kotsay, Pierzynski was thrown out at third trying to advance on the play. While making the second out at third base isn't the worst thing that can happen to a guy and his team, it's definitely not a good thing. What's worse, though, is Alexei Ramirez was caught trying to steal second immediately following the play at third, effectively ending the inning and only real scoring threat the Sox would assemble.

The wheels fell off this one in the home half of the fourth inning, courtesy of a defensive gaffe. Mike Aviles led off the inning with what looked to be a lazy fly ball to center. However, Juan Pierre, Alex Rios, and Alexei Ramirez all converged on the ball, but none of the three came up with it. With the ball falling between all three Sox players, Aviles reached base, thus giving the Royals an extra out, and did they ever take advantage! Floyd then allowed three singles in a row to David DeJesus, Billy Butler, and Jose Guillen. Butler and Guillen each drove in a run with their hits, tying the game at two. Butler and Guillen advanced to second and third, respectively, on Gavin Floyd's wild pitch. Butler then scored the third run of the inning when Mitch Maier grounded out to short. It was 3-2 Royals, but that would not be all the scoring.

An inning later, Floyd's struggles continued. Jason Kendall led off the inning with a base hit and with one out, Mike Aviles followed with a base hit of his own, advancing Kendall to second. David DeJesus grounded into a fielder's choice at first, moving Kendall to third and and retiring Aviles at second. Billy Butler followed with a walk, loading the bases for Jose Guillen. Kendall and DeJesus scored on Guillen's single, giving the Royals a 5-2 lead.

Similar to last night, the Sox tried to come back in the seventh, but they didn't come up with nearly enough runs this time. Alex Rios continued his hot hitting by leading off the inning with a hit and chasing Brian Bannister. Dusty Hughes relieved Bannister and walked Mark Kotsay, but got A.J. to fly out to center. Rios went to third on the fly out and came home on Alexei Ramirez's single, but the Sox would fall short in this inning and throughout the rest of the ballgame. This 5-3 loss now has the Sox sitting at a dismal 15-22 on the season.

After dropping two of three to the lowly Royals, the Sox will take on the Detroit Tigers in a brief two game set at Comerica Park in Detroit. The South Siders will send Freddy Garcia (2-2, 4.75 ERA) to the bump tomorrow night, and he'll oppose Detroit's Rick Porcello (3-3, 6.08 ERA). The first pitch will be thrown at 6:05p CDT and you can watch the game on WCIU.

TBGR Diary:
 The pace of winning two out of every five ballgames continued for the Sox this weekend, and that .400 clip is not going to win you many contests, let alone series!

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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