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Danks Pitches Royally

September 24th vs. the Kansas City Royals

Levels Finished:
John Danks was throwing the fireballs while Alex Rios and Brent Morel led the way up the ladders against the Royals.

Short Take:John Danks had a hot hand and Alex Rios had a hot bat as the Sox beat the Royals 6-3 on Star Wars Night

On this final Saturday game of 2011, John Danks pitched well, his teammates hit well, and beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3. It was Star Wars Night at the ballpark and the Force was definitely with Danks. He didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning and struck out eight in 7-1/3 innings. All this pitching well and hitting well was nice to see but it happened well too late in the season.

An observation here: your humble TBGR correspondent has written game reports for 25 Saturday games this season. The Sox are 16-9 in that stretch, for a .640 winning percentage. The Sox are 77-81 at this point in the season, yielding a .487 record. It's been more fun to write about wins, that's for sure. Is it something about Saturdays?

Tonight the story was John Danks. His pitches were moving, and for the first five innings the Royals were not. Danks took some heat in the sixth when he gave up three runs, but beyond that he was in command. He ends the long march of 2011 with an 8-12 record, which is impressive when you remember that he started the season 0-8, mostly as a result of his palehosed comrades' inability to give him run support. Nice work, John.

The Sox scored four times in the second when A.J. Pierzynski led off with a single and came home on Alex Rios two-run homer. Apparently rattled, KC starter Everett Teaford loaded the bases with a couple of walks and a single, then gave up a walk to Juan Pierre to score the third run. After Pierre's cheap RBI, Alexei Ramirez hit a sac fly to left that brought home Dayan Viciedo. 4-0 Sox after two.

The Bridgeport Boys got another run in the fourth when Brent Morel led off with a ka-boom of a home run to left, making it 5-0. The way Danks was pitching, it looked like the rest of the game would be ceremonial. But the Royals weren't ready to roll over. In the top of sixth Johnny Giovatella hit an deep fly that sent Juan Pierre jumping to the wall in what looked like an imitation of DuWayne Wise's legendary catch in Mark Buehrle's perfect game. But the ball hit the top of the wall and fell into Pierre and on the ground. Giovatella stopped at first, thinking the ball was caught. An interesting non-play, indeed. After Lorenzo Cain walked, Melky Cabrera doubled to score them both. Eric Hosmer later singled and Cabrera came rumbling home. Now it's 5-3 Sox, and we began to fret about how the Sox will blow this game.

But that was it until the eighth. Alex Rios led off with a triple, and later scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Brent Morel. A good night at the plate for both Rios and Morel, a couple of guys who were odoriferous with the bat much of the season. 6-3 Sox after eight, and that's the way it stayed. Jesse Crain, Chris Sale and Sergio Santos wrapped up Danks' tidy little package to close out the night.

Thus ends your correspondent's series of Saturday essays for 2011. So much, too much, has already been said about the disappointment of this season for the White Sox and the personnel uncertainty that is likely to be its legacy. But yet we carry on. As if to make that point by example, imperial troopers and members of the rebel alliance walked side-by-side through the concourse, harmoniously drinking beer. I don't know... it must be something about Saturdays.

Ozzio's Game Rant:
"Hey! This kid Rios, he hits good -- when the season's %$#%*# over!"

submitted by tebman.

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