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If This is Kansas City, It Must Be Bruce Chen

April 5th vs. the Royals

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Dry Soil and Low Yields
The pestilence that is Bruce Chen cut low the young shoots in White Sox Acres. Some crop dusting is in order.

Short Take:The White Sox were befuddled again in KC by Bruce Chen, falling to the Royals 4-3.

It's a new year! The snow has finally melted, the ducks are nesting, and the trees are budding. Nature is doing what it's done since the beginning of time: bringing life back to what had been a cold and lifeless landscape. “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest," said Ernest Hemingway.

But Hemingway also said, "The only thing that could spoil a day was people...people were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” He apparently saw today's game.

The people spoiling the White Sox's day were their bęte noire, the Kansas City Royals. The Sox lost 4-3 against the cowtown crowd. After all these years, the Sox still could not solve the puzzle that is Bruce Chen. This is a guy who, as a starter, has a lifetime record of four games over .500 but is 7-2 against the Sox since 2011. Though he didn't get the win in today's contest, it seems his presence is enough to blunt any effort by the Sox.

The good news is that in his first appearance this season, John Danks looked strong. He didn't get a decision either, and that's okay because he pitched well enough to win. In seven innings of work he gave up three runs on five hits, notching six strikeouts along the way. His low point was the fourth inning, where he gave up four singles and two walks but remarkably surrendered only two runs.

Danks gave up another run in the fifth when Nori Aoki led off with a double, stole third, and scored on Billy Butler's sac fly. It could have been worse.

The new-look White Sox got their first run in the top of the fifth on an RBI groundout by Adam Eaton, scoring Alexei Ramirez, who'd singled and made it to third on a fielding error. Our boys tied it in the eighth after loading the bases on a single, a hit-by- pitch and a walk...we take baserunners any way we can. Conor Gillaspie then singled home Marcus Semien, and Paul Konerko hit his own sac fly to bring home Jose Abreu. Ramirez then hit a long, hot fly ball to right-center that was speared in an over-the- shoulder catch by Nori Aoki. We exhaled sadly at that point, since it would have been worth two runs if it had gone over Aoki's head. Nuts.

Scott Downs came in to pitch the bottom of the eighth and gave up a walk to Butler. Jarrod Dyson pinch-ran for Butler and promptly went for second, but was nailed on a perfect throw by Sox catcher Adrian Nieto. Man, that was nice. But then Alex Gordon doubled and Robin Ventura brought in Maikel Cleto to pitch (cue ominous music). Cleto served up a double to Salvador Perez and the Royals took the lead, 4-3.

The Sox might have had something in the ninth, after Adam Dunn led off with a pinch-hit walk and was replaced on the base by pinch-runner Leury Garcia. A lot of pinching going on there. But Eaton and Semien both followed with strikeouts, and Abreu hit into a 5-3 groundout to wrap it up.

I tell myself that the season has just started and this 2-3 record leaves us with 157 games yet to play. I turn again to Hemingway, who said things much better than I: "Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today."

Bullpen, are you listening?

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Keep your options open for the tall corn, like Abreu and Garcia. Don't invest yet in the bullpen.

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