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June 10 Vs. Kansas City

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Powerful and insatiable.

Short Take: Sox jack 4 homers and the bullpen locks down the Royals.

Having lost nine straight games to division opponents and fallen from first place to fourth in the last month while losing 20/26 there were many reasons for Sox fans to feel frustrated or even angry entering Friday night's game against the Royals. In the last two seasons in particular seemingly no matter how well the Sox are playing or how bad a run the Royals are on, the Sox seem to be the magic elixir that cures what ails our Midwest nemesis. Most of us watched or listened ambivalently (if we paid attention at all) sure that another loss was coming. After all the Sox had lost five straight and the Royals were on a seven game losing streak themselves and nothing cures the Royals struggles like a game against our Southside boys. Then something funny happened as the Sox went on a massive power tear, the bullpen actually was solidly effective and the Sox went on to win 7-5.

Sox fans could only shake their heads in resignation as the game got off to a bad start. With two outs in the first, Chris Sale yielded an opposite field homer to Eric Hosmer that just got over the left field fence. It was only the 4th home run ever hit by a left-handed hitter off Sale. "Oh no, here we go again!" many of us thought. And indeed the Sox offense struggled early managing two baserunners in the first two innings but Eaton had been caught stealing and Lawrie had been left stranded after a 2-out single in the second. In the third a ray of light appeared as newly called up Tim Anderson doubled with one out. He went to third on Eaton's grounder to second and Jose Abreu promptly singled him home to tie the score. Melky Cabrera promptly wasted no time in absolutely crushing a pitch into the centerfield stands to give the Sox a 2-run lead. After that the game see-sawed a bit as the Royals put up a run in the 4th on ANOTHER Eric Hosmer homer. Hosmer became only the second person to homer twice of Sale in the same game and only the second lefty to hit two of Sale in his career. Fortunately the Sox came roaring back in the bottom half of the inning on back to back jacks from Lawrie and Avila. Salvador Perez homered in the 6th to make it 5-3 but once again the Sox answered on another Avila bomb - this time to right with a man on to make the score 7-3.

Sale came back out for the 7th despite the fact he was obviously struggling and his pitch count was climbing. He promptly yielded a single, a double and another single before being replaced by Dan Jennings to face (who else) Eric Hosmer - this time with the game on the line. Fortunately Jennings was up to the task and held Hosmer to a sacrifice fly. Zach Putnum relieved Jennings and after a single to put men at first and second, he struck out Morales and Perez to end the threat. In the bottom half of the inning Abreu doubled but was thrown out at third trying to advance on a medium flyball to left. The call was initially safe, but a review showed the offline throw arrived just as Abreu went by Cuthbert who caught the ball and managed to nip Jose's pant's leg with the tip of his glove all in one motion. Of course Frazier promptly singled but it didn't mean anything and the Sox didn't score anymore runs the rest of the way.

All Sox fans could do is hold their breath as the heavily used late-inning relievers were called on once again to try and protect the fragile 2-run lead against a team that prides itself on late-inning heroics, especially against the Sox. Almost surprisingly they were actually up to the task. Nate Jones required only ten pitches to set the Royals down in order in the 8th after a failed leadoff bunt attempt gave him a free out. David Robertson came on to nail down his 15th save and used a mere 12 pitches to set the Royals down 1-2-3 after another lead off bunt. The final out was recorded on a strikeout of Hosmer himself for the cherry on the sundae that was this win.

And Sox fans finally exhaled. Our boyz had done it. They had beaten the Royals and won a game against the AL Central and now won two in a row and the bullpen held a lead and the bats came alive for some badly needed power and... and... and... whew! Hopefully we can continue to breathe a bit more easily in the days to come, but there's still two games to be played against these pesky Royals. Saturday's game is at 1:10 in Chicago with Jose Quintana taking the mound. The bullpen is a little drained at the moment so hopefully he can pitch deep into the game and hopefully our magic potion continues to work and the power stays on.

That's all folks:
 "These Royals are crazy!"

submitted by voodoochile.

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