Saturday, September 20, 2008

Game 154: Chicago @ Kansas City

Game Date: September 19, 2008
White Sox 9, Royals 4 / Box Score
WP: Buehrle (14-11), LP: Bannister (8-16)
Royal Home Runs: Teahen (15)
Royals Record: 69-85

Well, you knew it had to end sometime. The seven-game winning streak came to a screeching halt last night. The White Sox hit Brian Bannister hard (8 H, 2 BB, 7 ER, 2 HR in 5.0 IP) while Mark Buehrle kept the Royals in check long enough to end the streak.

Mark Teahen hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning to cut the White Sox lead to 6-3 but it wasn't enough to combat the four long balls the White Sox hit.

After the game, Trey Hillman said something that I've been saying since Spring Training about Mark Teahen playing third base:

"He has looked very natural over there," Hillman said. "I think he has done a very good job. To me, he seems to be a little bit more comfortable in the infield. That's my perception. But we still want to get Alex [Gordon] out there as well."

I know that we are taking a look at Ryan Shealy and Kila Ka'aihue over at first, and that Billy Butler probably figures into the mix as well, but I'd sure like to see Alex Gordon get a shot at playing first base so that Teahen could stay at third.

Tonight, Kyle Davies (7-7, 4.32) goes up against Gavin Floyd (16-7, 3.73). Davies is 1-2 in his career against the White Sox with a 6.64 ERA in 20.1 IP. Floyd is 1-2 against the Royals with a 2.57 ERA in 21.0 IP.

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