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Opening a Can...

September 4 at Kansas City

Sox Project Update:
An old contractor stepped up to lead the crew
For one night the delayed delivery date didn't seem to matter.

Short Take: John Danks turned back the clock again as the offense went nuts and the Sox buried the Royals early and often in fine Chicago fashion.

For one more night the Sox looked like a real MLB team. They started off the scoring in the first and then kept right on piling it on. On defense they made a few nice plays but mostly it was all about John Danks who once again managed to look like a reborn pitcher as he baffled the Royals with an assortment of junk and big breaking curves that caused a massive assortment of cheap grounders. When the dust had settled Danks had a complete game and the Sox had won 12-1. Will wonders never cease?

So yeah, that happened. And by "that" I mean John Danks. Danks has had a really rough time of it ever since he signed his big contract and subsequently injured his shoulder requiring major repairs and never really regaining the form that led to that massive contract coming his way or earning the money he was being paid. Starting in late May of this season, Danks started to look a little better. Yes he's had a few rough outings in that stretch but for the most part he's been a solid #5 or even a middling #4 pitcher. Tonight he took that up a notch and looked like the Danks of old. I almost feel sorry for the Royals' hitters having to face that barrage of junk he threw. Almost... but not really. Danks managed to baffle the Royals for 8 of the 9 innings he faced them, surrendering only four hits and only once did he give up two in the same inning. In the second the Royals got a two-out double and then a single, but the runner was cut down at home to end the inning and the threat. After that John got on a bit of a roll and managed to retire 17 of the next 18 hitters he faced and that 18th guy was promptly erased on a double play. Danks also only walked one guy - in the first. The Royals managed to plate a meaningless run in the bottom of the ninth but by then the offense had made the point moot.

What's that word I used? Offense? The Sox have an offense? Actually yes and it's managed to put up some runs recently even if they haven't led to a lot of wins. Tonight things were a bit different. They started off hot in the first, sending eight men to the plate and scoring three runs. The "big" blow being the most seeing eye single you can ever imagine by Alexei Ramirez. The ball itself must have been wearing glasses as it just trickled under the glove of the futile effort by the Royal's second basemen and dribbled into centerfield. Of course with the bases loaded it plated two runs to give the Sox an early 3-0 lead. After a scoreless second and third innings the Sox struck again in the 4th when Ramirez singled and stole second. Sanchez promptly singled and then Tyler Flowers dropped a bomb over the centerfield wall to make the score 6-0 and the rout was on. Ramirez scored again in the sixth to extend the lead even further and then in the eighth the Sox decided to end all doubt. Ramirez led of with another single to bring his nightly line to 4-4, 3R, 2 RBI, SB. He also blew through a stop sign to score the first run in the eighth inning when a feeble throw from left was cut off as it trickled across the infield grass. Then with two men on "Up and Adam" Eaton sat on a hanging slider and deposited it over the rightfield fence for another 3-run bomb and an 11-0 lead. Abreu followed that with an absolute bomb of his own to straight away center to close out the scoring and give Danks a chance to come back out for the ninth.

Danks did just that and though he gave up a run it was on a bunch of sad sack dribblers, duck snorts and other folderol (yes I said folderol) that merely managed to remove the big round thing from the Royals box score but otherwise meant nothing. Danks managed to close the game out using 121 pitches and once again making Sox fans wonder if he can be a respectable #5 next year since he's probably not going anywhere and if he has to pitch he might as well be useful. With that the game was over and the Sox had won in Kansas City in fine fashion. Of course with a 13-game lead for the division I don't imagine the Royals are all that concerned. In fact a case can be made that both of these teams are playing out the string just for different reasons. They'll play out a little more of that string tomorrow again. Game time is 6:10 in Chicago and they are still in Kansas City. Maybe the Sox can continue to belt the ball around. I imagine Quintana would be so shocked he might fall of the mound.

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 Gotta climb the hill if you want to beat the king.

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