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Reed finds Royals a pain

May 5 at Kansas City Royals

Today's Game Rating:
1 star
Loss should make it a 0, but the Sox did manage 5 runs.

Short Take:  Offense does enough, but Reed blows game in 9th; Royals make it hurt, walk off in the 10th

If I didn’t have to watch this game to write the TBGR, I would have quit watching after the fifth inning. I’d seen this movie before, and I don’t like the ending. It goes something like this: Sox starters pitch well, but hitters can’t do much, fielders botch critical plays, and Sox chalk up a loss. The End.

While the plot was a little different this game, the ending was not. Ouch.

Sox starter Jose Quintana pitched well through four innings, giving up no hits and only one walk. The Sox managed to scratch across a run in the third inning against Royals starter Wade Davis.

In the fifth inning with the Sox leading 1-0, Quintana began to fall behind hitters, and the Royals started to hit him hard. After one out, the Royals got a couple of hits and a walk and loaded the bases. Another single by Miguel Tejada tied the game. Then an Alex Gordon grounder that should have been a routine double-play ball was flubbed by second baseman Jeff Keppinger. Instead of being out of the inning, another run scored. It took Quintana another three batters and cost him yet another run to get out of the inning. The Royals led 3-1.

But the Sox battled back in the seventh, when Royals reliever Tim Collins promptly gave up singles to Hector Gimenez and DeWayne Wise. Alejandro De Aza then doubled over Gordon’s head in left field, scoring Gimenez and Wise to tie the game. The Royals sent in Aaron Crow to face Keppinger, who grounded to second, moving De Aza to third. De Aza then scored on a wild pitch. With the bases cleared, Alex Rios homered to make it 5-3 Sox.

Five runs?! FIVE RUNS! That’s nearly an offensive explosion for our 2013 White Sox. Things were looking up and the win was within reach. In the bottom of the ninth, Addison Reed (who was 10/10 in saves/opportunities in 2013) came in to get the save…and didn’t. Reed struggled to find the strike zone, which had been tight (but fair) all game. He walked the first two batters. He then got Gordon and Alcides Escobar to fly out. With Billy Butler at the plate, Reed left a slider up that Butler was all over. Butler's double allowed those two dreaded leadoff walks to score, tying the game.

The Sox went up and down quietly in the top of the tenth. In the bottom of the tenth, Robin Ventura brought in Brian Omogrosso to try to stymie the Royals. First batter Lorenzo Cain singled, but then Mike Moustakas struck out swinging and Jeff Francoeur grounded out. And then, pinch hitter Chris Getz – yes, the ex-Sox Getz – is intentionally walked. (Really, Robin?)

So much for that strategy - Omogrosso proceeded to walk (NOT intentionally) the Royals’ #9 hitter and bench player George Kottaras. That set the stage for lead-off hitter Alex Gordon, who drove one over Alex Rios’ head. Game over.

I’m amazed at all the different ways the Sox have found to lose. When the offense does do enough to win, it’s offset by bad defense or ineffective relief pitching. The plot may change, but the ending is the same. In trying to find something positive, I can say that the Sox starting pitchers have been doing their job, even though several are fill-in starters for injuries. So thus far we fans have been spared watching the Sox lose via the “Philip-Humber-as-an-Astro” method - where 7 runs are scored in the first two innings and the game is pretty much over before it starts. Hey, in times like these, you have to look for the little things, you know?

Sox face the Royals on Monday at 1:10 pm CT. This game is a makeup of Friday night’s rainout/snowed out matchup. Jake Peavy is still day-to-day with back spasms, so Chris Sale gets the start against James Shields.

Hawk and Stoney's Thumb Guide:
  Hawk …{silence}… Stone: Um, I think I speak for Ken when I say two thumbs down. ‘Nuf said.

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