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Sox Streak of Surrender Stops at Seven

August 13th vs. the Kansas City Royals


Levels Finished:
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Though they took a few barrel hits, the Sox eventually got up the ladders and saved the princess after seven tries.

Short Take:After losing seven in a row at home the White Sox came from behind to beat the Royals 5-4 on a rain-soaked night in Chicago.

Dorothy kept saying it as she clicked her heels in her land of Oz, and it finally clicked tonight for the White Sox in their land of Oz: there's no place like home. The Sox broke the bonds of the mythical number seven by snapping their seven-game home losing streak in a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on a soggy night in Chicago.

Your humble TBGR correspondent was there tonight, and in an act of pure devotion sat through the 85-minute rain delay before the game began, along with the 42-minute rain delay in the eighth inning. It was a night touching several emotional corners: tedium, drama, frustration, exhilaration, and relief.

Jake Peavy started for the South Side Favorites, and was, as they say, dealin' until the fifth inning. Jake seems to have a pattern of hitting a wall by the fifth inning of games he pitches, and that is a mystery only the mystic Coop could solve. He got no decision tonight, as it was Jesse Crain who was the right man at the right time to get the win. "Win" is the key word in all this, because the Sox had lost seven in a row at home until tonight. Here's how they did it:

The Sox scored first in the third inning. Tyler Flowers singled and was forced at second when Juan Pierre got to first on a fielder's choice. One batter later, gimpy and heroic Paul Konerko homered, making it 2-0. Handshakes all around, but we know how the 2011 edition of the White Sox behave when they score a couple runs early in the game, and that knowledge led to a sense of ennui in the ballpark..

Sure enough, the Royals scored four runs in the fifth. Those in the ballpark heaved a collective sigh anticipating yet another rollover performance by the Sox. Peavy was throwing strikes, but the Royals were hitting them as fast as Jake could throw them. Jeff Francoeur led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by Flowers. Johnny Giavotella singled Francoeur home, then Salvador Perez doubled, putting Giavotella on third. Alcides Escobar singled, scoring Giovotella, putting Perez on third, and tying the game. Escobar stole second and Melky Cabrera was walked to load the bases.

But the strategy misfired. Billy Butler singled, scoring both Perez and Escobar. Now it's 4-2 Royals and the clouds over the park are not just wet but they're also metaphorical.

The Sox got one run back in the bottom of the fifth as a result of Flowers' homer beyond the center-field wall. The real story tonight though was The Comeback: in the Sox half of the seventh, Juan Pierre led off with a single, followed by a walk to Omar Vizquel. [The] Carlos Quentin hit a slicing double down the left-field line to score Pierre, put Vizquel on third, and tie the game 4-4. Alexei Ramirez walked to load the bases, and Alejandro De Aza got a ceremonial RBI when he drew another walk to score Vizquel. Note that this gave the Sox a 5-4 lead late in a game at home. Could it be that the losing streak will end? We sat transfixed.

We also sat wet. After the Royals went down in the eighth the rains came and we enjoyed 42 minutes of tinny classic rock while Southpaw entertained in his oversized yellow rain slicker and galoshes.

The game resumed after the delay, and the dozens of people still in the ballpark were treated to the sight of Jesse Crain and Chris Sale throwing BBs to retire the Royals. A White Sox winner! At home! And a fireworks show that put a bright red cherry on the whole confection.

Seven was indeed an unlucky number for the Sox, but the spell is now broken. We may cross the seven seas and commit the seven deadly sins, but we'll not cross into the valley past seven home losses. Amen.

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