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A Royal Pain or A Royal Flush -- You Pick

September 11th against the Kansas City Royals

Paul Konerko
Juan Pierre

Paulie, we're sorry you had to carry the whole game. Juan, we're sorry you couldn't seem to carry your bat.

Short Take:Paul Konerko was the Sox offense and Sox pitchers handed over the Royals offense as the Sox lose 8-2 to the Royals.

I bought a book today: "South Side Hitmen: The Story of The 1977 White Sox" by WSI regular Dan Helpingstine. 1977 was a season-long party with a White Sox team that hit consistently and hard. True, they couldn't field or pitch much, but they were fun. The class of the division that year were the Royals. They were annoyed at losing against the White Sox, a team the Royals considered undeserving. Genuine bad blood existed between the Sox and the Royals that year and it showed up in exciting play. Kansas City went on to win the division but they had to fight past the energized White Sox.

Fast-forward 33 years and the roles are reversed: the Royals are a shell of the talented group that used to wear that uniform, serving as little more than a punch line in the American League. The White Sox are a successful franchise that is regularly in contention with a World Series title and several division championships in the last few years. The Sox came off a recent 9-3 stretch, in which they won seven in a row, and are in second place chasing the division leader.

Then how does this happen? The White Sox lost to the Royals 8-2 tonight and looked flat doing it.

I would like nothing more than to blame Joe West's rogue umpiring crew, who seem to share some special animus toward the White Sox, but they weren't the ones who gave up 18 hits and 4 walks. For that we can thank Edwin Jackson and Tony Pena.

Here's a summary: the Royals scored four runs in the first three innings, then one each in the fifth and sixth and two more in the eighth. We should have seen trouble coming when the first Kansas City batter, Gregor Blanco, drew a walk. He came around to score, of course -- the Dreaded Leadoff Walk. It got worse after that as KC strung together singles, doubles, and productive outs.

Meanwhile, the White Sox couldn't punch their way out of a paper bag. Paul Konerko did all the scoring, hitting a double in the fourth and coming around on a hit by Alexei Ramirez. Paulie also hit a solo homer in the eighth. And there, ladies and gentlemen, are your two White Sox runs.

As I write this I don't know what the Twins are doing. Probably winning, because that's what they do. The Sox' weird schizophrenic behavior this year (sweep the National League and have long winning streaks followed by inability to put together a coherent game) can't be explained by simple slumps, injuries, or truculent umpires. Maybe there's something in the Gatorade. Who knows?

The White Sox are better than this. If we know that, why don't they?

TBGR Diary:
Who are these guys? They couldn't hit and they couldn't pitch. The sand's running out quickly in the division-race hourglass and the Sox are asleep.

submitted by tebman.

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