Birthday Bash for El Caballo!
Short Take: Sweep the Royals!
The line up Jerry Manuel employed for this get away day game at
Comiskey would have done the Charlotte Knights proud. Only four of the
starters from the opening day team were slotted, while four others who started
in Triple-A got the nod today for the Sox. Predictably the Sox showed
little sign of any offensive punch, but it was more than enough to beat Kansas
City 2-1, a three game sweep of the series.
Can we schedule these guys more often?
Rocky Biddle returned to the rotation after missing his last start
complaining of soreness. He looked very sharp against the anemic Royals,
pitching five innings, allowing just one run and five hits, striking out four
and walking nobody.
Biddle also had the advantage of pitching with the lead, thanks to a Carlos
Lee double followed by a two-base fielding error resulting in an unearned
Sox run. Still Biddle suffered tough luck getting no decision for his
effort, allowing one run on three hits in the fourth to let Kansas City tie it
up. Jon Garland kept the Royals off the board for three
That set the stage for eighth inning heroics by El Caballo who,
coincidentally, was celebrating his birthday. 21,000+ Sox Fans left the
ballpark happy after Lee stroked one over the wall to right-center and Keith
Foulke sealed the door shut in the ninth.
Two games beneath .500 and a trip to visit Baltimore before a showdown
series in Minnesota.
Just win, baby.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
|2 for 4,
scored both of the Sox's runs including the winning solo shot homer in
the bottom of the eighth inning. Happy Birthday indeed!
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