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Close Doesn't Count

August 8 vs.the Kansas City Royals

Sox Project Update:
Unfinished Ceiling
A lot of little slowdowns in this project. Walls are built, but ceilings aren't done.

Short Take:The Sox scored big, but lost to the Royals 7-6, as Jeff Samardzija allowed KC to score bigger.

The non-waiver trade deadline came and went at the end of July. Jeff Samardzija didn't get traded, and for that matter neither did anyone else. As if to demonstrate Rick Hahn's wisdom in keeping him on board, Samardzija was unhittable against the Royals tonight.

At least he was for the first three innings. Either the Royals figured him out or his arm came loose at that point. He only lasted 4-2/3rds after giving up seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Long man Dan Jennings came in to stop the bleeding after Smardzija had allowed six hits, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch.

The Sox second-half offense showed up tonight, however. Our boys took an early 2-0 lead in the fourth on Jose Abreu's leadoff home run and an apologetic RBI on Adam LaRoche's double play. It was then in the bottom of the fourth that the Royals began dismantling Samardzija.

But despite staring into the maw of the defending American League champs, the Sox came back in the sixth to score four more runs. Abreu led off (again) with a homer, his 21st. Avi Garcia got a one-out single, then one out later Alexei Ramirez and Carlos Sanchez hit back-to-back singles that scored Garcia. KC starter Jeremy Guthrie was then replaced by Luke Hochevar, who walked Geovany Soto to load the bases for Adam Eaton. Eaton has been working the past month to atone for his anemic start this season, and he did it with a timely single to score two more. That made the score 7-6, and it then became a real ballgame.

But alas, 7-6 is where it stayed. So close and yet so far. Cowtown closer Greg Holland came in to pitch the ninth and proceeded to strike out Eaton, Tyler Saladino, and get Abreu looking at strike three on the outside corner (or close enough to impress plate umpire Laz Diaz).

I'm envious of the folks in Kansas City. The Royals have a balance of power, speed, and pitching that South Side citizens can only imagine as they clench their callused fists. Yeah, they scored six runs and Abreu hit two long ones, but Samardzija gave up seven. Like Emily Litella would say, it's always something.

The Sox have holes that simple mending will not fix. What can Rick Hahn do? We can hold out hope that like the peasant boy Jack, he can trade our only productive cow for a handful of magic beans that grow overnight into a .400-hitting beanstalk.

Yeah, but by September we'd find out the beanstalk was infested with aphids and couldn't get on base again.

Rebuilding Recap:
The project moved closer to completion and then found out it's short on material.

submitted by tebman.

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Two solo homers tonight. Pity he didn't hit two more.

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