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The Missouri Breaks

July 14th vs. the Kansas City Royals

Today's Sox Crew:
The Sox spent the evening at the Kansas City site trying to plug infield and outfield leaks as they watched batted balls dripping out for hits.

Short Take:Jake Peavy couldn't catch a break tonight and neither could his breaking ball as the Royals beat the White Sox 6-3 in KC.

Kansas City barbecue sauce is a thick ooze laced with vinegar to add bite. The Royals were true to the cowtown's signature dish as they laid hits on thick and kept biting Jake Peavy, beating the White Sox 6-3 on a warm night in Missouri.

Peavy has suffered from tough luck this season. He's given up fewer than three runs on multiple occasions only to get no decision or suffer a loss. Tonight though it was on him: he gave up six runs and twelve hits in seven innings of work. Not your standard Peavy game. Jake threw strikes, which is typically a good thing, but strikes are also easier for a free-swinging team like the Royals to hit.

The Sox were the first to tally a run in this game. In the third inning Gordon Beckham drew a walk from KC starter Luke Hochevar and scored on Alejandro De Aza's double. So far, so good, except that the prairie pretenders scored three of their own in the bottom of that frame. Jarrod Dyson singled and stole second, positioning himself to score on Alex Gordon's single. Right after that, Alcides Escobar homered to put Missourians up 3-1.

The White Sox in 2012 are a feisty bunch, and they showed it by coming back to tie the game in the sixth. Adam Dunn did what he does, dramatically delivering a dinger deep into the darkness. That made it 3-2, but the South Side's finest wanted more: Paul Konerko singled and came home on Dayan Viciedo's triple, tying the game 3-3.

But after the stretch in the seventh, Escobar got the same fastball he'd seen in the third and launched it for his second homer of the night. This stroke simultaneously broke the tie and doubled Escobar's home run totals for the season. Two mistake pitches to the same guy -- not your standard Peavy game, indeed.

Like their namesake barbecue sauce, they piled it on in the eighth. Peavy gave up another run with no outs on three straight singles. He was mercifully relieved by Hector Santiago, who yielded a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Lorenzo Cain. That made it 6-3 and there the score would stay until the final out. Phooey.

But let's look at the bigger picture: Cleveland and Detroit both lost earlier today, meaning there's no harm, no foul in the Sox' loss tonight. The White Sox remain atop the AL Central by a comfy three games. After the previous night's (and morning's) 14-inning marathon win, the Sox owe apologies to no one.

I say it's a good night to get some barbecue!

KW Appreciates The Game:
"Man, I appreciate barbecue but not when Peavy lets it smear all over the field!"

submitted by tebman.

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Hit a big ol' homer tonight. Fun to watch, but alas, not enough to win the game.

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