Sunday, July 01, 2007

Winning Streak Ends

Game Date: June 30, 2007
White Sox 3, Royals 1 / Box Score
WP: Bukvich (1-0), LP: Dotel (0-1), SV: Jenks (21)
Royal Home Runs: Brown (3)
Royals Record: 34-47

So, we've reached the halfway point in the season with a record of 34-47. We have seven more wins than we did at this point last season. It would have been nice to see a win last night though. After Emil Brown hit a solo home run in the seventh, it looked like we might be able to pull this one out.

Odalis Perez had turned in a nice performance (1 ER, 3 H, 3 K, in 7.0 IP) and the game was left in the hands of the bullpen with the hopes that our offense could find a way to scrape together some runs. Jimmy Gobble and Joakim Soria pitched well (neither allowed a run in their inning of work), but things didn't work out so well for Octavio Dotel.

With the game tied 1-1 going into the 10th, Dotel gave up a lead off single to A.J. Pierzynski. Then he hit Scott Podsednik. After getting an out, he threw a wild pitch and runners were in scoring position. An intentional walk later, Tadahito Iguchi singled to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead, and it held up.

This afternoon, John Thompson (1-0, 2.57) goes up against Jon Garland (5-5, 3.36). Thompson is 1-1 against the White Sox in his career with a 3.86 ERA. Garland is 14-5 against the Royals with a 3.86 ERA.

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