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Sox Castle Siege Comes Up Short...

August 8th at KC

Sox Project Update:
Couldn't get past the moat
Storming the castle should be more violent and aggressive shouldn't it?

Short Take: The Royals showed why they are kings of the central division hump and the Sox... not... so... much...

Those of us who still think the Sox can be better than they've shown to date keep waiting for that breakout game against a top tier opponent One where the Sox slam a baseball bat on the ground point at the opposing pitcher, glare then proceed to lay waste to all that he offers and all he holds dear for the next 9 innings, basking in their fearsome, gory power as they drink deep from their opponent's milk shake and revel in the wailing of their women. Sadly... tonight was not that night. Yeah the Sox were... adequate, BUT if you are going to beat one of the best teams in baseball on their own home field you need to be at least above average and preferably in full on super saiyan mode. When you aren't you lose and the Sox did, 3-2 in one more game off the schedule. One more night when they could have won against a very beatable Royals team and didn't.

So, John "What have we found here?" Danks took the mound for the Sox and actually was pretty solid. He didn't pitch deep into the game, but managed to go six and only yield three runs in the process. All three runs came in his last two innings of work. The Royals struck first on a Alex Rios double in the 5th but the Sox came right back to tie it in the 6th on a Jose Abreu double of his own. Unfortunately in the bottom half of that same frame the meat of the Royals lineup managed to string together a single, a double and another single to plate two huge runs and though Danks finished the inning the damage was done. Sox relievers came on and did a solid job with both Matt Albers and Nate Jones pitching a scoreless inning but the offense never managed to get over the hump.

Actually that's a poor metaphor. For the first seven innings the Sox couldn't even find the damned hump to climb it. They managed a meager four hits and two walks against Royals starter Edinson Volquez but never really strung things together. Still they were only losing 3-1 and managed to get the lead-off runner on in the 7th but then did nothing when Ramirez scorched one toward right that the 2nd basemen stabbed before Sanchez hit into a double play. In the 8th they managed to get a lead-off walk and then a double to put men on 2nd and 3rd with no one out. Unfortunately then Saladino struck out. Abreu struck out and Melky hit a deep but playable humpback liner (THERE's the hump) into right field for the final out. In the 9th after a lead-off out Adam LaRoche hit an absolute bomb to center to bring the Sox within one, but Ramirez made the second out on another well hit ball that went right to a defender, Sanchez then singled but Flowers struck out and the final out was recorded at first when the ball hit the ground. In the end it was too little and well... not enough, late never even factored into the equation.

So the Sox went to Kansas City tonight hoping to prove they still had a hope. Maybe they do, there's certainly enough baseball left to be played, but they better start beating some of the good teams in the league more consistently than they are or it simply won't matter. They certainly won't tear down any castle walls if they can't get some more timely hitting. Tonight they were a bit unlucky but they have to find a way to take luck out of the equation if they want a chance to sit on the throne. They'll give it another try tomorrow when the same two teams go at it again. Game time is 6:10 in Chicago. Hopefully Shark can do something about those damned alligators in the moat and chomp the Sox to victory.

Rebuilding Recap:
 One of these teams is building a castle. The other is timidly knocking on the door. Guess which is which...

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