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Royal Whipping

September 11 at Kansas City


Sox Office Smash Hit:
Remember the Titans
The Sox were as dominant tonight as that football team was.

Short Take:   The White Sox come into KC and turn the tables on a Royals team that has given them many problems for awhile.

There haven't been too many times over the past few years in which the White Sox could play well against the Kansas City Royals, let alone dominate them. I attended one such instance at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 24 when they won, 12-1. Monday provided more fun, this time at Kauffman Stadium. There were few things to complain about in an 11-3 thrashing.

The Sox wasted no time getting to Jason Hammel. Yolmer Sanchez singled on the third pitch of the game and came home on a triple from Yoan Moncada, whose mentor, Jose Abreu, drove him in on a base hit. One portion of that sequence of events repeated in the second inning when Sanchez doubled and Moncada had a single to knock him in again. Not a bad start against a member of last year's Cubs rotation.

Not content to have Hammel stay in the game, the Sox decided to change that in the fourth. Three of their first four hitters reached base before Nicky Delmonico drew a bases-loaded walk, ending Hammel's evening. With the bases still loaded, Mike Moustakas had a wild throw from third on a would-be double play. That scored another run and a 5-0 Sox lead ultimately was enough.

But the game had a little drama in the fifth, beginning with Reynaldo Lopez suffering his first blemish: a leadoff homer to Brandon Moss. Three more consecutive base hits led to two more Royals runs. It was possible Lopez, who had shut the Royals down to that point, was reaching his limit. Insead, he prevented further damage and kept the Sox ahead by two.

Any doubt about the game's outcome was eliminated in the sixth. The first four Sox hitters reached base in a sequence highlighted by Abreu's RBI triple and another bad throw by Moustakas that led to a run. The scoring in the six-run frame ended on Adam Engel's three-run bomb that a Royals fan failed to secure when it reached the seats. After that, the only remaining tension was whether Jose Abreu would achieve his second cycle in three days, which he nearly did but for a ninth-inning walk.

A combination of potent offense and six-plus solid innings from Lopez in his first Sox win made the evening quite enjoyable. While it's far too late to do anything about this season, it's hard not to get excited about what could transpire in the future. The young players are hitting, Abreu is hot and we're getting a preview of what's hopefully the next great Sox rotation. If all goes according to Rick Hahn's plan, we'll soon be see this regularly and not just during the occasional hot streak.

The four-game series with Kansas City continues Tuesday. Originally a night game, it was bumped up to the afternoon because of a U2 concert at nearby Arrowhead Stadium. Dylan Covey will start against Sam Gaviglio beginning at 12:15. Though that's not the most promising matchup, any opportunity to play spoiler in the Royals' playoff bid is welcome.

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 How could anyone be unhappy with this? They put a beating on the Royals! The Royals!


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