The Indians lost tonight by a final of 8-2 to the PITA Royals. The Sox won by a final of 7-2 over the Rays. AL Central standings change again and the Sox are in first place.
Philip Humber FINALLY gets a win after pitching terribly and then a string of bad luck no-decisions. The Sox have now won seven games in a row. Oh, and they have won their third series in a row with the win over the Rays tonight.
The game started out as a nice pitching duel. The Rays would break through in the fourth inning when Hideki Matsui, fresh up from the minors would hit a two-run home run to put the Rays on top.
The Sox came back in the fifth inning scoring a run of their own. This of the “fundamental” variety of get ‘em on, get ‘em over and get ‘em in.
Then, the sixth inning came. And your Chicago White Sox again had a night that was just offensive explosion. The team would go on to score five runs to go ahead by a score of 6-2. The Sox would go on to add another run in the eighth inning when Dayan Viciedo would hit a solo shot.
Both teams had an error tonight, but neither actually factored in the scoring. James Shields just seemed to come undone in the sixth inning when the Sox would explode. Philip on the other hand had a curve that was working tonight. he lasted seven innings and struck out five hitters while walking only one. Definitely a good night for him.
Unfortunately, Paul Konerko’s hitting streak came to an end. Big Game James managed to stymie The King striking him out each time he saw him. Once James left, The King was facing J.P. Howell who got him to bounce into a double play.
There was one last chance possibly for Paul to extend his hitting streak in the ninth inning, but Alejandro De Aza, Bacon and Big Donkey couldn’t get on base to give him a chance. No matter as the run was amazing. During the 14 games, paul was hitting well over .500. Coming into the game tonight, he was hitting .395 with 27 hits, five home runs and 15 RBIs as well as 15 runs scored.
Paul was named as the AL Player of the week. No doubt his hitting streak had something to do with the well deserved honor, which he has gotten for a second time this season already.
Tomorrow afternoon these two will finish up the series and the Sox will try for a sweep. See ya tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 pm CDT.
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