Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Royals 5 White Sox 2: Cy Chen'd
Last month the White Sox took Bruce Chen out behind the woodshed and took out a couple years worth of frustration on him. We thought that maybe the Sox had finally beaten the magic out of him, and would continue smacking him around from that point on.
Bruce Chen did what Bruce Chen usually does to the White Sox on Tuesday night, holding them to only 7 hits and 2 runs over his 6.2 innings of work.
Gordon Beckham started the Sox off with a solo homer to lead off the game, but then the Sox couldn't scratch another run until the sixth inning, with Chen retiring nine in a row at one point.
As for the other side of the ball, it was pretty evident that Jake Peavy wasn't at his best when he walked the first two batters he saw on the night. He was able to get it together, though, and allowed only 3 runs in 6.2 innings, but there was just 1 run too many.
When Peavy left it was only a 3-2 game, but when Billy Butler hit a two-run bomb to center in the eighth you could feel the air go out of the ballpark. This team has fought back all season long, but it just didn't feel like it was there during the eighth and ninth tonight.
To make matters worse, the Yankees continued to be useless and lost to the Tigers again, so the division lead is down to a half-game.