Saturday, May 12, 2012
Royals 5 White Sox 0: Royals Win A Weird One That Went Exactly How You Expected It To
There was a lot of strange taking place at The Cell on Saturday night. First of all, the game was delayed for nearly an hour because of rain. The fact that there really wasn't any rain to speak of during the delay was inconsequential.
Nor did it matter when the rain actually began falling rather steadily in the sixth and seventh innings because there was no delay then.
When the game did start, there was Chris Sale on the mound starting once again, and maybe he brought the odd with him from his last week. Chris walked the first two batters he faced before Alex Gordon singled to right, but for some reason the Royals held Jarrod Dyson at third.
Then Billy Butler hit a shot down the right field line that actually got past Alex Rios and should have been a double. Instead it was only a single as the Royals third base coach again held the runner at third.
Finally, in case things weren't strange enough, on the play the Royals should have only scored one run, they finally plated two. Jeff Francoeur hit a ground ball to Gordon Beckham that should have been an easy double play. Gordon stepped on second base and then threw wildly to first, allowing two runs to score.
By the time the first inning ended, Chris Sale had thrown 42 pitches, walked 2 hitters, allowed 4 hits and had his defense pick up an error. Yet, in spite of the fact that the Royals had nine men come to the plate, and six of them reach base, they managed only 3 runs.
Though the 3 runs would be more than enough.
The strangest part of the night may have been Luke Hochevar -- he of the 9.00 ERA and .333 batting average against coming into the game -- shutting the White Sox offense down for 7 innings. Well, actually, it wasn't that strange.
Royals starters tend to develop super powers against the Sox.
In the end it was the same kind of loss we've seen the White Sox experience repeatedly against the Royals over the years, in that you don't understand why it happened, but you also know that it had to happen.
Phil Humber takes the mound on Sunday looking to salvage the series.