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Rotten Kansas City Special

August 10 at Kansas City

Toon Squad Update:
The Joker
Something or someone in Kansas City must know exactly how to psych the Sox out.

Short Take:   Yet another strong Jose Quintana start is wasted as the Sox drop a marathon to the Royals.

Whoever put the hex on the White Sox that seems to take effect whenever they play the Kansas City Royals in Missouri needs to know we'll do anything to get it lifted. Otherwise, we'll be subjected to even more of what we saw Wednesday. As usual, Jose Quintana pitched his butt off. And as usual, the Sox didn't give him enough help and lost, this one by a 3-2 final in 14 innings.

Quintana, in search of his career-high 10th win, did all he could to make it happen. He put goose eggs on the board over his first seven innings, striking out five and walking just one. By the end of the night, he would be tied with Toronto's Aaron Sanchez for the AL ERA lead (2.85).

But most of us probably knew the only Sox run to that point, coming on J.B. Shuck's homer off Ian Kennedy in the third, wouldn't hold up and sadly, we were right. With one out in the eighth, Paulo Orlando doubled to end Quintana's night. It took Nate Jones just one pitch to cough the lead up as Chestor Cuthbert doubled himself to tie the game. If Quintana hasn't demanded a trade by now, more power to him.

The score remained tied until the 11th. That's when Todd Frazier singled on the first pitch from Chien-Ming Wang and later scored on Tim Anderson's two-out single. It was time to bring in David Robertson for the save opportunity. Unfortunately, he blew his fourth save in eight opportunities since the All-Star break when his leadoff walk to Eric Hosmer came home on a Salvador Perez double. You can't help but wonder what the heck has happened to the man tied for third in the AL in saves (27).

Somehow, Robertson stranded the winning run, so the game continued. It nearly ended in the 13th, but Dan Jennings pitched over Jarrod Dyson's leadoff triple to strike out the side. Matt Albers came on for the 14th and based on his performance of late, you can guess what happened. With two outs, Christian Colon, who led off with a single, scored when Lorenzo Cain singled himself, thus ending another frustrating night for the Sox.

If there was a game to epitomize everything that's gone wrong this season, this would be it. The offense doesn't score enough for the starting pitchers and the bullpen ruins it for either them or the players in the lineup who might have had some late offensive heroics. This is not how a team succeeds at any level, let alone the Major Leagues. The sooner the organization figures this out, the sooner it can bring in players who can preserve victories consistently.

The series victory is still up for grabs and the Sox can get it Thursday. Miguel Gonzalez will get the ball against Danny Duffy, who has been phenomenal this year. If current trends continue, this might not be pretty. If you absolutely must subject yourself to it though, the game starts at 7:15.

That's all folks:
 The scars on the Sox are redder than ever.

submitted by thomas35forever.

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