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First Game Good, Second Not So Good

April 28 vs. the Kansas City Royals - Game 2


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Short Take: The Sox were baffled by KC starter Eric Skogland, losing the second game of the split doubleheader 5-2.

Gregory Infante was unremarkable. In only nine innings of relief for the White Sox this year, he gave up 12 hits and eight walks, while carrying an 8.00 ERA. He did strike out six, so that's something. But the Sox front office thought the Charlotte Knights might be a better fit. An opening on the roster made room for Dylan Covey, who took the return flight from Charlotte and started for the Sox tonight in Kansas City.

Dylan Covey was unremarkable. He was the loser tonight as the White Sox lost to the Royals 5-2 in the second game of a split doubleheader in KC. Covey pitched six innings and gave up four runs. Only one of those runs was earned, but Covey always seemed to be trying to find the operating manual between pitches. Covey was often behind in the count, and the Royals simply waited for the inevitable meatball they could hit.

It's too bad, because the game opened with such promise. Tim Anderson led off the first with a solo home run off cowtown starter Eric Skogland, who seemed early on to have his own trouble getting ahead in the count. But he snapped out of it and retired the next 15 hitters until Omar Narvaez got a single in the sixth. Narvaez was erased in a double play, and that was that.

The game cruised along with the barbeque boys in the lead 4-1 until the eighth, when Nicky Delmonico singled in Leury Garcia to make it 4-2. Should be within reach, you'd think, but the Royals picked up another run in the bottom of the frame to make it 5-2. Thereafter, game marched on to its conclusion, and the White Sox missed the chance to sweep the series.

After Anderson's homer in the first, Skogland found his groove. He struck out nine in seven innings of work, making the Sox look overmatched, in direct contrast to game 1 earlier in the day when the Sox thrashed the Royals 8-0.

KC catcher Salvador Perez found his own cranky groove after Anderson's homer. Apparently unhappy that Anderson enjoyed his big hit, he muttered some imprecations as Anderson crossed the plate. In the bottom of the first, Perez found himself on second and picked up the conversation he started with Anderson. "Harumph!" said Perez. "Harumph, yourself!" said Anderson. Dugouts and bullpens spilled on the field, and players milled around like pigeons on a city sidewalk. Benetti and Stone on the broadcast speculated that Perez created a scene to excite his lethargic teammates, and maybe it worked.

But what really worked was Skogland's curve ball, which had Sox hitters waving bats without purpose. The net result was a loss that was a letdown after the big game in the afternoon. Oh well, it's still a rebuilding year, and we'll see a lot of unremarkable games before it's over.

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