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Frazier Delivers Royal Crush

August 9th, 2016 at Kansas City Royals

Toon Squad Update:
Todd Frazier has the power!

Short Take:   Chris Sale's bid for 15th win spoiled but Todd Frazier rescues Sox in the 10th inning with 3 run blast

Chris Sale entered tonight's game searching for that elusive 15th win. Ultimately, a blown save by Robertson in the 9th would cost him a chance at that win but thankfully, it would not cost the Sox the game. A solid recovery by the Sox offense in the 10th inning would seal the deal to give the Pale Hose a 7-5 victory over the Royals in the series lid lifter at KC.

The game began with an ominous tone as White Sox killer Paulo Orlando opened the 1st inning with a double against Chris Sale. The Royals were able to plate him with a Cheslor Cuthbert single opening the scoring at 1-0. The Sox were able to even things up at 1-1 in the 3rd by manufacturing a run from a Tyler Saladino double. An Anderson bunt got Tyler to 3rd and then Melky Cabrera got him home with the infield playing back on a grounder to 2B.

KC began to peck away at Chris Sale in the 3rd inning. A Cuthbert single and a Cain double got Chris into a jam. With first base open, Sale attacked Hosmer and paid the price as the Sox nemesis plated 2 runs on a single to RF. Once again, the Sox offense would answer back. A long parade of singles against Royals starter Edinson Volquez would put the Sox in front and give Chris Sale the lead. RBI singles from Cabrera, Abreu, and Morneau made it 4-3 Sox.

Chris Sale searched a bit for his slider command early in this game. The slider is normally a reliable wipeout pitch for Sale, but tonight it was noticably flat in the first few innings. The lack of bite on the slider caused him some problems after getting ahead of KC hitters as he searched for a putaway pitch in the early going. However, after he got the lead in the 4th inning, Chris found another gear and had a stretch of 11 straight KC Royals retired. At Kauffman Stadium, that's a tall task indeed. Chris finished the night with 7 innings pitched, 7Ks, and 3ER. He left with the Sox in the lead and another quality start under his belt in line for the win with the score 4-3. Overall, an excellent recovery considering how his evening began. However, this is Kauffman Stadium where late White Sox leads usually go to die, and unfortunately tonight was no different.

David Robertson tried to nail it down in the 9th for Chris Sale but couldn't get the job done. The Sox shifted their defense on Kendrys Morales and that decision would come up snake eyes as he dumped a single into the mostly vacated left side of the infield. The Royals went to the speedy Dyson for a pinch runner and the Sox were quickly in a 9th inning jam. Robertson got Sal Perez to pop up to RF for the first out but Dyson stole 2B easily putting the tying run at 2B. Robertson retired Alex Gordon with a strikeout for the second out but the dangerous Alcides Escobar still had a chance to tie the game. Escobar is a notorious first ball swinger and throwing him a fastball in the zone is just about the worst choice you could use to attack him. For reasons unknown, a fastball was called and Robertson served one right in the zone for Escobar to line into LF for a game tying double. I just couldn't believe the pitch selection there. No idea if that decision came from Navarro or the dugout but my goodness...look at a scouting report guys! The RBI single gave Sox fans all sorts of familiar "here we go again" vibes as Kauffman Stadium continues to haunt this team late in ballgames. On a side note, the sound of the KC "Let's go Royals" pipe organ is second in annoyance only to the Cleveland Indians drummer. Something about the cadence of that organ combined with Sox bullpen blowups just drives me bonkers. Fortunately, Robertson was able to retire Mondesi with the game tied at 4-4 which set the stage for some heroics in the 10th.

The Royals went to lockdown relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera in the Top of the 10th. It felt very much like a Herrera 1-2-3 inning plus a Royals walkoff in the 10th was inevitable. However, the Sox had other ideas. Jose Abreu poked an 0-2 pitch down and away into LF for a 1 out single. Justin Morneau followed with a double also on a pitch down and out of the zone and suddenly, the Sox were in business against Herrera. Todd Frazier stepped to the plate looking to get something in the air and get it in the air he did. He got a belt high fastball and didn't miss a stitch as he blasted it into the seats in LF for a 3 run HR putting the good guys in front 7-4. Frazier continues to have a knack for clutch HRs in a Sox uniform. Somehow, Jacob Turner and Dan Jennings combined to close things out in the 10th allowing just 1 run. The Sox were able to hold on for a rare Kauffman Stadium victory. It's a shame that Robertson couldn't hold on for Chris Sale's 15th win but a team win in KC still feels good. I've learned to really loathe the Royals in recent years and anytime we can send their fans home unhappy is a good thing. Jose Quintana will go for win number 10 tomorrow night as he faces off with Ian Kennedy.

Game Notes-

-The Sox are now 41W-20L in games where the offense scores 4 runs or more

-Justin Morneau was 4 for 5 with an RBI.

-Todd Frazier hit his 31st HR tonight and it was a big one. It also gives him a share of the AL HR lead.

-In the last 7 days, Jose Abreu is hitting 9 for 23, .391 AVG, with 3 HRs, and 4 RBI. He was 2 for 5 tonight.

-Prior to tonight's game, Avisail Garcia was placed on the 15 day DL with a sprained knee. Jason Coats was recalled from AAA Charlotte.

That's all folks:
 It felt good to win one in KC for a change.

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