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Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

September 10th vs. the Kansas City Royals


Toon Squad Update:
Johnny Bravo
Like big Johnny, the Sox kept posing like they might win but came up on the short end.

Short Take:The Royals beat the Sox 6-5 in a close game that should've been closer in the other direction.

The White Sox lost to the Kansas City Royals 6-5 tonight in Chicago. Those are the facts. James Shields should not be starting for a major-league ballclub, maybe relieving instead. Those are opinions.

The Royals are tough like a persistent swarm of bees. They work together as they look for the next productive source of reward. And they know how to win. They showed that tonight, coming through in the late innings to break a tie and set the table for their masterful closer, Wade Davis.

The Sox are tough too, but tough like the Galapagos tortoise with its hardened shell as it moves slowly in no apparent direction. Rick Hahn called it "mired in mediocrity." I'd agree, though I don't think that's fair to the tortoises.

Shields started this game, and that by itself should have launched red flags. Those flags were fully aflutter in the first when KC leadoffer Jarrod Dyson singled. One batter later, Eric Hosmer propelled a two-run homer to put the cowtown collaborators up 2-0. After giving up a walk, Shields retired the next two hitters, but the damage was done. He threw too many pitches, and though he struck out five in six innings, he walked four and looked vulnerable.

Adam Eaton continued his hot ways as he doubled to lead off the Sox half of the first. But he was left on the base without being allowed forward motion. Justin Morneau endured the same still water after he opened the second with a double of his own. Three outs later, nobody scored.

Our guys picked up a run in the fourth to make it 2-1, but given this teams's history and the fact that Shields was pitching, there wasn't much to get excited about. Both squads got another run in the fourth, but that just made it 3-2 with KC in the lead.

The Sox took the lead back in the fifth on a string of productive hits, raising the stakes to 4-3. However, Chris Beck was brought in to pitch the seventh and was as distracted as a cat in a room full of mice. After yielding a one-out single, Beck was so kerfuffled by pinch-runner Terrance Gore that he gave up a walk and a double to give the Royals a 5-4 lead. Dan Jennings arrived and allowed another run to advance KC's lead to 6-4.

The bottom of the ninth gave us drama and the possibility of a walk-off party, but alas, it was not to be. With cowtown closer Wade Davis pitching, Tyler Saladino led off with a single. Adam Eaton then doubled Saladino to third. After Tim Anderson struck out, Melky Cabrera singled in Saladino to make it 6-5. Cue the music: now it's one out with the tying run on third, the winning run on first, and the red-hot Jose Abreu up to bat.

But Davis was also red hot and struck out Abreu. Big man Justin Morneau then strode to the plate with two outs and the winning runs on base. Anticipation swelled -- we were living a re-enactment of Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat."

Indeed we were. Here's how it unfolded: a cutter and a fastball were fouled off to put Morneau in the hole 0-2, followed by two curves out of the zone. With a 2-2 count, I'll let Thayer finish the story.

The sneer is gone from Justinís lip, his teeth are clenched in hate,
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate;
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Justinís blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,
But there is no joy in Bridgeport ó mighty Morneau has struck out.

WSI's
That's all folks:
So many things that could've been. Like Johnny Bravo says, "Oh, mama!"


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