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Royals Flushed Again

September 5 vs. the Kansas City Royals

Sox Project Update:
Solid Work
Two nights in a row the crew makes substantial progress. A little late, but it's better than nothing.

Short Take:The Sox look like world-beaters for the second night in a row, smoking the Royals 6-1 in KC.

The White Sox went into Kansas City tonight, giddy with the memory of the previous night's 12-1 rout of the Royals. But it was Jose Quintana's turn to start. That typically means there won't be enough runs scored to give him a chance to win. We all settled in for an evening of dark clouds and disappointment. After all, it's already September and we're following a team that's been pancake-flat most of the year.

But wait! Is that Earth Wind and Fire I hear?
Ba de ya! Say do you remember
Ba de ya! Dancing in September
Ba de ya! Never was a cloudy day!

Break out your dancin' shoes! The White Sox took their second in a row from the division-leading, forever-annoying, smack-talking, Kansas City Royals, 6-1, right there in Cowtown. If the winds can shift in autumn, so can the White Sox.

Quintana kept the Royals on their heels tonight. He threw seven shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks, making the hitters look as sloppy as KC ribs with too much barbeque sauce. There were a couple of minor threats, but all it did was remind us that the Royals had a pulse.

Meanwhile, the Bridgeport Bombers looked like the team we hoped they'd be. Six runs on eleven timely hits, two of which were long bombs: a three-run shot by Alexei Ramirez and a solo performance by Geovany Soto. Everybody except Trayce Thompson hit safely -- even Gordon Beckham got two, and scored a run while he was at it.

The big inning for the Sox was the fourth. KC starter Danny Duffy pitched around leadoff hitter Jose Abreu, setting up Avi Garcia to single him to second. Ramirez strode to the plate later and launched a rolling curveball into the seats to give the South Side steamship a three-run lead. Quintana made certain the Royals behaved themselves, though Duffy couldn't pull it off for the Royals; Soto went deep in the seventh to make it 4-0.

Jake Petricka pitched the eighth and allowed a string of singles that gave the cowntowners a consolation prize of one run. Remarkably, the vibe was such that it seemed the Sox had this game in hand at 4-1 and there was no need to worry. Nate Jones came in and induced a double play that flushed the Royals' threat.

The suddenly spry Sox hitters came to life again in the top of the ninth to pick up two more runs after two outs. It was a well-placed walk, a couple singles, and a wild pitch that fueled the late surge to make it 6-1, which is where it stayed. David Robertson did what he was engaged to do, going 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to put a nice cinnamon stick in our September cider.

September is a month thick with changes. It's when the leaves go from green to explosive colors; it's when a new school year begins, with fresh pencils and new clothes; and it's when baseball starts to wane for second-tier teams like the White Sox. Tonight's game was a dose of cheer, but the arc of this season has been a letdown after the expectations raised in the spring. It feels good to beat the Royals and we can nod to them as they go to the playoffs, but dammit, the Sox should've played all season like they did tonight.

Rick Hahn still has a lot of work to do. Now I hear Frank Sinatra off in the distance...

Oh, it's a long, long time from May to December
But the days grow short when you reach September
When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
One hasn't got time for the waiting game
Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few...

Rebuilding Recap:
The crew is hurrying to finish the project before the snow falls. Some of them might have new jobs by then.

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