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Short Take: Royce Clayton?
One of the great things about baseball is the 162 games that make up the
regular-season schedule. In the space of all those games, chances are
almost anything can happen once or twice. There is plenty of time for
weird unexpected stuff to happen. For example, the Cubs might win 50
So it was one of those games at Comiskey Park that the unlikeliest of
heroes led the Sox to victory: Royce Clayton. The shortstop
bust, getting regular playing time after losing his starter's role from poor
play earlier this year, went 3 for 4 with four rbi's in the Sox win over
Kansas City, 5-3.
Oh yes, and hell has frozen over.
James Baldwin started this game and again appeared less than
completely in command. He was touched for a lead-off dinger in the
second inning to put the Sox behind 1-0. With the goofy line up Jerry
Manuel employed (Chris Singleton leading off and Aaron Rowand
batting #2), the Sox didn't figure to score too many runs. It might be a
Not a chance--tonight was Royce's night! While the top of the line up
lived up to its expected anemic performance, Magglio Ordonez and Paul
Konerko each reached base. That set the table for our mighty #8
hitter, Rolls Royce.
Clayton fell behind 0-2 which has been the kiss of death all year for
him. This time he worked the count to 2-2, then drove one on a line into
the leftfield seats. Bedlam at Comiskey!
Baldwin couldn't make his unexpected luck hold up, giving up a two-run
tater in the fourth inning allowing KC to tie it again at 3-3. Back
rolls, Royce! In the bottom of the same inning, Carlos Lee and
Konerko each got walks, setting the table for Royce's glorious two-out rbi
double. The Sox had the lead again for keeps. Insanity at
Bob Howry and Keith Foulke pitched effectively one inning
each to finish off the Sox win. Meanwhile Royce figured in the final run
of the game too, one of three Sox baserunners who forced in Carlos Lee when Josh
Paul induced a bases loaded walk. Royce can do it all!
So what caused this bizarre quirk of nature? Could the arrival of
catcher Mark Johnson from Charlotte, batting #9 behind Royce be
providing him "protection" in the line up? Sox Fan are willing
to believe anything right now.
Three games beneath .500.
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including a 3-run homer to take the lead and an rbi-double to pad
it. 4 rbi's for Royce Clayton. Who wudda thunk it?
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