The first game of the series, after a embarrassing sweep by the Twins, the White Sox came out swinging and completely pummeled Sox killers Jeremy Guthrie and Bruce Chen. Every starter in the lineup that day had a hit with the exemption of Tyler Flowers. Meanwhile Sox starter Hector Santiago pitched a gem of a ballgame. Only giving up three hits and one earned run in eight innings of work, and passing the ball to closer Addison Reed to slam the door on the Royals. Not much more to say about a shellacking of this proportion.
The second game was much closer as the Sox barely edged out a 3-2 victory over Royals’ starter, Wade Davis, who dueled with Jose Quintana for five and a third innings. Quintana exited and left the game in the hands of the White Sox bullpen, who were stellar in the remaining three and two third innings. The Royals’ bullpen was also impressive, but all their effort was for not when Greg Holland surrendered a sacrifice fly that would score Jordan Danks, the runner he inherited from Aaron Crow. With the lead in hand, the stage would be set for Addison Reed to come on and get his 50th career save in his 100th appearance. The White Sox would then have something called a “winning streak” going.
Finally the White Sox had won a series. It feels good doesn’t it? Well stop right there, nothing can ever just be good for this team. In the final game of the series, up by two runs, with possibly one of the best relievers in baseball on the mound, the Sox screwed up. Jesse Crain, who was given the go ahead to try and save the game for the oft-used closer Addison Reed, let up three runs, all unearned with two outs in the ninth.
Alas, at least the Sox won a series, but the focus still remains. Fans should not hope/pray for losses on losses, but this team should focus on building for the future, and that means selling their commodities now for commodities for the future.