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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

September 8th vs. the Kansas City Royals

Today's Sox Crew:
Proton Torpedo Ordnance Technicians
Thanks to the precision work of the Sox proton torpedo mechanics, the final shots were fired in the right place.

Short Take:Chris Sale did what Chris Sale does, pitching six innings, giving up only one run while striking out six, and the White Sox Rebel Alliance held on to win 5-4 on Star Wars Day on the South Side.

Luke Skywalker flew perilously through a surface trench in the Empire Death Star as he watched his wing man destroyed in a blaze of light. Pursued by the Empire's fastest spacecraft, he knew he had only one shot at driving the proton torpedo into the narrow exhaust vent. If only he could make that critical shot, then maybe the tactical mistakes made by his comrades would be forgotten, the Death Star would be destroyed, and the Rebel Alliance would live to fight another day.

He did, they were, and they all did.

Today on Star Wars day in Chicago, Addison Reed flew perilously through the ninth as he watched Jordan Danks, his wing man in left field, destroyed by a blaze of lights that allowed the third-out fly ball to miss his glove. With two outs Reed knew he had only one shot at driving the protonic fastball into the narrow strike zone. If only he could make that critical pitch, then maybe the tactical mistakes made by his comrades in the last six Royals games would be forgotten, the KC Menace would be destroyed, and the Bridgeport Scufflers would live to see first place another day.

He did, they (mostly) were, and they all did.

What is it with Kansas City this year? Break up the Royals! Give 'em a saliva test! It makes no sense that this weak-pitching team should suddenly turn into the '27 Yankees when they face the Sox. But shape-shifters that they are, they've somehow got the Sox' number. Today, though, the Sox broke up the cowtown death star by a score of 5-4 behind Chris Sale's 16th win.

It shouldn't have been this close. The Sox scored first in the first when Dayan Viciedo, batting third for the injured Adam Reed, hit a solo homer to the opposite field that made it 1-0. The Barbeque Sauce Boys tied it in the third on a highly disputable call at that plate: Lorenzo Cain came home from second on Billy Butler's single to right, Alex Rios threw to the plate, Tyler Flowers applied the tag, and myopic plate umpire Mark Carlson called him safe. A dispute ensued, as well it should have, and bench coach Mark Parent was ejected for his suggestion that Carlson's bifocals were misaligned.

Not to let that slide, the Sox re-took the lead in the bottom of the third on successive doubles by Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez. Two more touched the plate in the fourth on Tyler Flowers' homer that followed A.J. Pierzynski's single. 4-1 now for the keepers of our flame.

A valuable extra run was recorded in the sixth when Paul Konerko hit one of his lovely arching homers to left field. 5-1 and we're sittin' pretty, huh?

Not so fast. The '27 Yank...I mean, the Royals picked up a run in the eighth off reliever Brett Myers when Johnny Giavotella scored on Alcides Escobar's double. Cain was out at the plate trying to score behind Giavotella (the call that should have been made in the third -- harumph!). Myers didn't have it and was taken out for Matt Thornton, who struck out the next two hitters to end the inning. Now it's 5-2. Like Han Solo, I've got a bad feeling about this.

Addison Reed came in to pitch the ninth and quickly got the first two outs. Then the misplayed fly ball to left, followed by a single, then another single, and the next thing you know it's 5-4. Tying run is on second and Cain with his hot bat is at the plate. Go back to the third paragraph of this essay to relive those moments.

Like Luke Skywalker, Reed exhaled in relief when Cain struck out. All's well that ends well, I suppose, if you know that the Force is with you.

KW Appreciates The Game:
"Hey, Kansas City! Appreciate this: If you strike us down six times, we shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine! Hah!"

submitted by tebman.

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Hit a big two-run homer to give the Sox a strong lead and avoided getting ejected by keeping his cool in the face of a bad call at the plate.

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