Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Wet, wild, woeful

Late miscues lead to sloppy K.C. loss

April 25, 2007

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— Joakim Soria allowed a pair of ninth-inning runs on a throwing error and a wild pitch, and the Chicago White Sox outlasted the Kansas City Royals 9-7 Tuesday night.

In a game that started 1 hour, 45 minutes late because of rain and ended past midnight, Boone Logan (1-0) got his first major league victory.

With two outs in the ninth, Soria (1-1) walked Paul Konerko and gave up a single to A.J. Pierzynski. He got a glove on Pablo Ozuna's infield single but made a bad throw at first for an error that allowed Konerko to score with the go-ahead run.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS LEFT FIELDER ROSS GLOAD, makes a diving catch on a fly ball hit by the Chicago White Sox's Darin Erstad, only to have it not count after Royals catcher John Buck was called for catcher's interference on the play.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS LEFT FIELDER ROSS GLOAD, makes a diving catch on a fly ball hit by the Chicago White Sox's Darin Erstad, only to have it not count after Royals catcher John Buck was called for catcher's interference on the play.

Pierzynski, who was 3-for-5 with two doubles, took third on the error and scored on the wild pitch.

Logan got two big outs, and Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Chicago overcame a 4-1 first-inning deficit to take a 6-4 lead in the sixth, then fell behind 7-6 in the seventh before coming right back to tie it in the eighth.

Emil Brown's two-out double off Mike MacDougal capped Kansas City's three-run seventh, but Joe Crede homered off Brandon Duckworth leading off the eighth. The Royals left two runners in scoring position in the eighth when Logan threw a called third strike past Mark Teahen.

White Sox starter Javier Vazquez gave up five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.

Kansas City's Brian Bannister, brought up from Triple-A Omaha before the game, made his first AL start and gave up four runs - three earned - and five hits in 4 1-3 innings. Bannister, traded by the New York Mets in December for reliever Ambiorix Burgos, gave up four doubles.

Bannister's father, Floyd Bannister, was 16-14 for the Royals in 1988-89. The two are the third father-son combination in club history, behind Hal and Brian McRae and John and Dusty Wathan.

Not many fans were on hand to witness the quirky play after a 1-hour, 46-minute rain delay pushed back Tuesday's start at Kauffman Stadium.

Not many fans were on hand to witness the quirky play after a 1-hour, 46-minute rain delay pushed back Tuesday's start at Kauffman Stadium.

Konerko hit a sacrifice fly in the first, but Ross Gload hit a two-run triple in the bottom half between RBI singles by Teahen and Alex Gordon.

Juan Uribe had a two-run, two-out double in the fourth, and Konerko chased Bannister with a tying single in the fifth. Darin Erstad put the White Sox ahead with a two-run, two-out double against Joel Peralta in the sixth, only to have Mark Grudzielanek hit an RBI double in the seventh off Matt Thornton and score on Teahen's single.

THE ROYALS' ROSS GLOAD, LEFT, celebrates with teammate John Buck after scoring on a single by Alex Gordon. The Royals fell, 9-7, on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

THE ROYALS' ROSS GLOAD, LEFT, celebrates with teammate John Buck after scoring on a single by Alex Gordon. The Royals fell, 9-7, on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Notes: Brown was a seventh-inning defensive replacement for Gload in left field. ... Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen held out DH Jim Thome, who had a sore muscle in his right ribcage. Thome strained the muscle Monday. ... Thornton blew his third save in as many opportunities.

Comments

drewdun 8 years ago

There is simply no other way to put it: the Kansas City Royals are the worst franchise in American professional sports. Its not even May yet and they are already out of the race. New ownership is an absolute necessity if this team is ever to be competitive again. Having an owner who regards the team as his personal play-thing, and who doesn't care about the quality of the product on the field as long as he breaks even is not a good thing. Glass must go. Bring in someone who will spend some coin AND GET SOME PITCHING, GD IT!

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