Welp, that wasn’t fun. Paul Konerko returned to the lineup today in the field. Good sign as he appears to be completely healthy after his concussion. As for the game, the White Sox got swept for the second time this season. They managed to make Jeremy Guthrie look like the GREATEST PITCHER EVER IN THE GAME! He cruised through 6.2 innings only giving up one walk. Yes, you read that right. He only walked one through 6.2 innings and didn’t give up a hit!
Paul Konerko FINALLY got a hit after 6.2 innings, though it was questionable of whether Alcides Escobar should have been charged with a throwing error to Eric Hosmer. Personally, I think the throw should have been ruled an error, but I’ll take the hit to prevent a no-hitter. In any event, no perfect game or no-hitter for Jeremy. Dayan Viciedo did get a legitimate hit in the eighth inning so now there is no question that Guthrie wouldn’t have the specter of a potential no-hitter hanging over his head.
And now this is what the Royals and their fans are doing White Sox players (at least for a little bit):
If you were sitting and expecting the worst to happen in the game, it seems the Sox found new life in the eighth inning. After Viciedo got a hit, Ray Olmedo followed up with one. Then Dewayne Wise hit a shot on the right side that Hosmer missed. Two runs scored and Wise ended up at third base. Wise did his damage against Tim Collins. This damage was also with two out. Guess there is still fight left in this team or maybe they realized, they could be swept and didn’t want that to happen.
The Royals would take the lead back in the bottom of the eighth inning after Billy Butler led off with a walk. He was lifted for pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson who stole second base. Salvador Perez then hit a single to centerfield and moved into second base after Wise threw the ball to the infield in an attempt to get Dyson (wasn’t going to happen anyway) and the throw came nowhere near a cutoff man. Jesse Crain was the man who was pitching and ended up taking the loss today. Final score: PITAs 5 White Sox 2.
Of course, you could be a bitter fan, but really you have to give a hat tip to a team that played well and took advantage of mistakes your team made. And again, the Sox need to thank the Orioles for beating the Tigers. . . again because the Sox still can’t take care of business. The best scenario of course would be that in the remaining six games against the PITAs, the Sox win those and that the Royals do this crap to the Tigers when they face them a ton more this season.
The Sox will return home and hopefully get their ish together after spending a night in their own beds. Up next are the Yankees to start a six-game, seven-day homestand.
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