Roll the Royals
Short Take: Wells, Durham lead way!
Kansas City is one of those putrid bottom-feeder teams Sox Fans fear the
worst. While the 2000 team caved in skulls against New York and
Cleveland, wasn't it the Royals who owned a winning record against our
champion Pale Hose? Just as our '01 team begins to claw its way back
into the race, here come those three-legged mongrels from KC to take a piece
out of our Achilles' heel, right? We hate these mutts.
So it was extra-satisfying to watch the Sox pick up their bats and beat
these awful creatures about the head from the very start Tuesday evening in
Kansas City, winning 6-2 in fine style. From the moment Ray Durham
crushed one for two Sox runs in the top-half of the first inning, Sox Fans
knew this game would be different. It was Durham's single in the third
that keyed another 3-run explosion for the Sox, thanks also to yet another
spectacular play by Jose Valentin sliding into the plate knocking the
ball out of the catcher's mitt with his foot.
How many ways can Jose Valentin win a baseball game? The world may
Sox starter Kip Wells was dominant again. As we savor the
possibilities now opened by the 10 of 11 winning streak, let's take a
moment to reflect on the contribution this guy has made. It was Kip
Wells who ended that nighmarish 8-game losing streak. It was that
victory, too, that started our current improved play, too. Maybe the kid
really is "The Terminator"!
Wells went 6.1 awesome innings allowing just four hits, one run (a dinger
by Jermaine Dye), a generally mowed down everything in his path. He got
in trouble in the seventh, but Sean Lowe and Bob Howry were
there to shut the threat down. Howry went 2.1 innings to nail down the
So this is how everyone else beats Kansas City? Let's see the same
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with two walks also, hit the 3-run first
inning homerun to put the Sox on top early. Two runs scored, 3
rbi's, and most of all, Durham figured in the scoring all three
innings the Sox pushed runs across the plate. Tough to beat!
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