Why does the loss tonight feel so awful? In reality, fans shouldn’t have been expecting too much from the Sox this season. However, they’ve played so well that they just make us drink their kool-aid and we just expect wins now.
Unfortunately that didn’t happen tonight as Bruce Chen got the better of the Sox and picked up his first win in eight tries of late. Final of 5-2 and it was rather un-fun to watch.
The game didn’t start of particularly well for Jake Peavy as he walked the first two batters. Fortunately, he managed to allow no runs in the first inning. In the bottom of the inning, it was looking pretty promising for the Sox when Gordon Beckham led off the game for the Sox with a solo home run. The feeling that Jake might now have it tonight was quickly erased.
That home run was the 21st that Cy Chen has given up this season. It was also the 11th home run of the season for Bacon. Who knew that Bacon was into double digits for home runs this season? In any event, good for Bacon for doing something to NOT make fans want to hurt him when he is up to bat.
The Sox would go ahead in the sixth inning on an inning that started with Bacon drawing a walk off of Cy Chen. Chen is rather stingy with the walks so it was nice to see the Sox capitalize and get that walk scored. Of course, this would all go to waste when the Royals would come roaring back in the seventh inning to tie the game up. They would go ahead in the same inning when Jarrod Dyson hit a bloop hit to right center field. Le sigh! Billy Butler would put things away in the eighth inning when he hit a two run home run that also scored Mike Moustakas.
Really, it was a win that was sort of just lurking in the shadows for the Royals. Chen had not won a game since June 26. The Sox for some reason aren’t really able to take care of the Royals. And now the Sox are down to a half game lead in the AL Central. Tomorrow they will try to win the series in the rubber match. Hopefully, the offense is there to support Jose Quintana and do a number on Jeremy Guthrie.