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KC At The Bat

July 22nd vs. the Kansas City Royals

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Baseball Bugs
A cartoon is also a movie, and the Royals' five homers were an echo of the Bugs classic.

Short Take:Melky Cabrera brought in both runs for the Sox as they lost to the Royals, 7-2, in a home-run clinic.

The temperature at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City hit 99, according to Ken Harrelson and Steve Stone. That's hot for anybody, and I would think the effect would be especially acute on professional athletes. Among the symptoms seen in extreme heat are fatigue, passivity, and a loss of focus.

That's as good an explanation as any. The White Sox displayed those same symptoms as they lost 7-2 to the Royals in a hot ballpark. Except for Melky Cabrera, whose two RBIs were the entire Sox offense, the watchword was passivity.

Mike Pelfrey started for the 35th Street Thumpers and threw his usual assortment of pitches wandering outside the strike zone. They added up to 103 in only 5 innings, only 55 of which were strikes. Those numbers explain the six walks he gave up.

But he only yielded one run in those five innings. He was replaced by David Holmberg, who worked very hard to hit the KC bats with his pitches. In only 2/3rds of an inning, he gave up four runs on four hits, three of those being home runs. Somebody needed to tell him batting practice is held before the game starts.

The other two Royal runs were courtesy of Juan Minyana and Brad Goldberg, who each gave up home runs to bring us to the ignominious final score. The homer parade reminded me of the continuous home-run conga line in the Bugs Bunny cartoon.

The couple runs the Sox scored were provided by Melky Cabrera, first on a solo homer in the third and the next on an RBI double in the fifth. That's about all there is to say. Yoan Moncada, who's had to drag around a spotlight since he came to the big club, went 0-for-3 with a walk. These early days of Rick Hahn's rebuild project will be notable for the rapt attention we pay to Moncada's walks.

Our heartthrobs have yet to win a game since the All-Star break; instead, they've lost seven in a row -- eight, going back to the last game before the break. Everybody sing along now: this is a rebuild project. To keep my wits about me during this time I like to think of this the same way I would follow the progress of a building's construction. We're currently stepping through the mud and debris of an excavated construction zone.

To stretch the construction zone analogy, I think of the Sox rebuild project as being in the site-preparation phase: before actual construction begins, demolition of old structures and foundation-building must be done. Sale, Eaton, Quintana, Frazier, Robertson, and Kahnle were the demolition part. Moncada, Robert, Collins, Giolito, and the rest are like the pouring of a foundation. Construction and assembly will be done by the supply chain of coaches in the White Sox system. The project is expected to get its occupancy permit by 2019, or maybe 2020 if there are unforseen construction delays.

If you see Rick Hahn wearing a hard hat, you'll know why. Please watch your step as you move through the construction site, especially on hot days.

It was hot, both on the field and the Royals' bats. A cold shower is called for.

submitted by tebman.

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