Thursday, August 14, 2008

Game 120: Kansas City @ Chicago

Game Date: August 13, 2008
White Sox 4, Royals 0 / Box Score
WP: Buehrle (10-10), LP: Hochevar (6-11)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 54-66

Luke Hochevar was good, just not good enough. Of course, no pitcher is good enough to overcome an offense that doesn't score. And for the second straight night, that was the case for the Royals in Chicago. After the game, Hillman called the offensive performance pathetic (they had just five hits in the game).

Can't argue with that.

With Banny struggling the way he is, it's nice to see Hochevar get a thing or two figured out. Back on June 25, he was 5-5 with a 4.60 ERA. Eight starts later he is 6-11 with a 5.44 ERA. So, Hochevar fell into a slump about the same time Banny did. But after the first inning, his pitches had nice life on them and he stayed in the game through seven innings.

The Royals have lost six of their last seven and the schedule doesn't get any easier. After the game in Chicago this afternoon, they will head to Yankee Stadium for a three-game series there.

This afternoon, Kyle Davies (5-3, 4.66) will go up against D.J. Carrasco (1-0, 2.57). Davies is 1-1 in his career against the White Sox with a 7.04 ERA in 15.1 IP. Carrasco is 0-0 in his career against the Royals with a 2.25 ERA in 4.0 IP.

With Carrasco on the mound, things should be interesting--given what happened earlier this month. I wonder if Miguel Olivo will be in the lineup...and I wonder if John Kruk will still be as clueless.

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