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A Harrell-Raising Afternoon of Baseball

September 12 vs. Kansas City Royals

Andruw Jones
A.J. Pierzynski

Andruw Jones' pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth helped lift the Sox to victory, while Pierzynski was the only starter to go hitless on the afternoon.

Short Take: � Lucas Harrell showed why he'd be a phenomenal AAAA pitcher, only lasting 3 1/3 innings. Lucky for him, though, the offense showed up in a big way.

After last night's putrid effort against a Royals team that's hapless against everyone else except the Sox, it was imperative that the Sox win this ballgame if they wanted to keep pace with the Twins, whose game was essentially over before ours even began. Starting in place of the injured Freddy Garcia, Lucas Harrell was awful, going only 3 1/3 innings and giving up six runs on nine hits, while walking two, and it seemed like the Sox were on their way to another defeat at the hands of "The Babe" Betancourt and his Kansas City teammates. But, not so fast... the Sox offense actually showed up this afternoon, chipping away at the 6-0 deficit they found themselves in before the seats were even warm. Eventually, they had a six run inning of their own, sealing a 12-6 Royal beat down.

Lucas Harrell couldn't find the plate at all today. What he did find, though, was himself in a 6-0 hole before the Sox even had a chance to bat, courtesy of the Royals, who batted around in the top of the first. Billy Butler, who'd been quiet offensively throughout the series up to this point, hit a three-run homerun, giving K.C. the early 3-0 advantage. After a courtesy strikeout on three pitches from Kila Ka'aihue, Harrell's lack of control continued to prevail when he walked Alex Gordon, and quickly allowed Brayan Pe�a to hit his first homerun of the season -- the second three-run shot of the inning. It was 6-0 Kansas City after a half inning and the boo birds were out in full force at U.S. Cellular Field on what was a gorgeous, sun-splashed afternoon at the ballpark. The Sox were down, but they were far from out.

The chipping away commenced immediately in the bottom of the first. With two out, Mr. Clutch -- Paul Konerko -- hit his 35th homerun of the season and drove in runs 100 and 101, cutting the lead down to 6-2. Two innings later, Paulie came through again with another two-run shot, this time with Omar Vizquel on base! With the score 6-4 in favor of the Royals, the Sox continued fighting. Like his counterpart, K.C. starter, Sean O'Sullivan didn't last through the fourth, either. Philip Humber (1-1) came on in relief and the Sox got to him immediately. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Juan Pierre hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Mark Teahen, making it a 6-5 game. A couple batters later, the tying run came around to score on a Brayan Pe�a passed ball. It was 6-6 game and there was more where that came from.

The Sox blew this one wide open in the sixth with a six-spot of their own. The highlight of this inning came courtesy of Andruw Jones, who was called upon to pinch-hit for the struggling Mark Teahen. With one out and the Sox now leading 8-6, thanks to RBIs from Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski, Jones tattooed one deep to left-center, clearing the bases and giving the Sox a commanding 12-6 lead. Lost in all of the Sox offense was an outstanding effort by the bullpen. The tag team effort of Scott Linebrink, Sergio Santos (2-0), J.J. Putz, Matt Thornton, and Chris Sale held the Royals scoreless once Harrell departed in the fourth inning, and had a huge hand in solidifying the 79th victory of the season for the White Sox.

Tomorrow is a well-deserved and much-needed off day for the Sox, who still find themselves six back of the A.L. Central-leading Twins. A 162 game, six month long season now comes down to three games against those hated Twins, beginning Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. If they want to make September even more interesting than it has already been, it's mandatory that the Sox sweep the series, which is no small task. The Sox will be sending their three best pitchers to the mound for this series, beginning with John Danks (13-10, 3.54 ERA) on Tuesday night. Minnesota will counter with Francisco Liriano (13-7, 3.24 ERA), whom the Sox hit pretty well the last time out. Let's hope they can do it again! The first pitch will be at 7:10p CDT and the game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net.

TBGR Diary:
�Six games out with three absolute must-win games against the hated Twins on the horizon for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Sit back, relax, grab the Maalox, and strap it down, kids!!!

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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