From the Cubicle

Live play-by-play of today's Sox-Royals game from a guy who once shot about a 120 on Medinah's No. 3.

The once great Mark Buehrle will attempt to snap that pesky eight-start losing streak that has Sox fans' World Series Champion boxer shorts in a bunch. And what better team to face than the Royals, the American League version of the tonic for what ails you.

So what ails Buehrle? Some wonder if he's tipping his pitches, while others chalk it up to fatigue. The pitcher himself once mentioned the evil umpire watchdog, QuesTec.

So what in the name of Don Cooper has happened? He used to be automatic, quite the joy to watch. He worked quickly. Whenever I've had the pleasure of doing a From the Cubicle for a Buehrle start, it takes just over two-hours, which gave me plenty of time to update my Man Soo Lee fan site on company time.

But no longer--and the site has suffered. The lefty hasn't won in eight starts. He did have a couple of nice outings thrown in there, one against these very Royals and another against the Tigers, but he's 0-6 with 8.93 earned run average in that stretch.

OK, enough of that. The Royals trot out Odalis Perez. You don't believe me? It says right here on today's lineups.

First inning

Uh... David DeJesus hits Buehrle's first pitch into the right-field bleachers for a leadoff homer. Mark Grudzielanek, henceforth the "G Man," grounds out. Mike Sweeney grounds out to shortstop Juan Uribe. Mark Teahen fans. I think Buehrle should appeal to home-plate ump Jerry Crawford for a mulligan on that first pitch. Not like the Royals would mind.

Royals 1, Sox 0

Pablo Ozuna, spelling Scott Podsednik today, leads off and matches DeJesus with a solo shot. I'm not sure I've seen that happen before where both leadoff guys go deep. I'm pretty sure Podsednik would not have done that--unless, of course, Brad Lidge was traded to the Royals, converted to a starter and on the mound today. Tadahito Iguchi strikes out. Jm Thome rips one the other way but it's not ripped enough as Emil Brown catches it on the track. Konerko bounces out to Teahen at third.

Sox 1, Royals 1

Second inning

I sense some sort of pattern developing: Brown homers to left to lead off the second. The aged Reggie Sanders lines a single to right. Ryan Shealy, never heard of him, pops out to the Gooch. John Buck or Buck John and thankfully not Joe Buck squibs one to Konerko, who flips to second to get Sanders, but Juan Uribe's return throw is late. With Angel Berroa up Buehrle picks off Buck with a fancy move to first.

Royals 2, Sox 1

To answer some message board questions: No, I'm clearly not up on Baseball America's list of former Colorado Rockies prospects, which is why Shealy does nothing for me. And, yes, even in my bunker, I can hear the Air and Water show rehersals going on downtown. The pattern continues! Jermaine Dye ties it with a solo homer to left. Anytime you want to cue up the "Twilight Zone" music, fine by me. That was a big fly by Dye to back of the bleachers. Joe Crede doesn't hit a homer but he whips his bat in the crowd to make sure everyone's awake. He then flies out to right. Brian Anderson, who has been bumped up in the order two spots to seventh, works the count full before chasing an off-speed pitch for strike three. Uribe strikes out as he often does.

Sox 2, Royals 2

Third inning

It's up to Berroa to keep the streak alive. And he lets everyone down by striking out. Beat it, kid. Buehrle plunks DeJesus. I think it was a change, so no biggie. The G-Man singles to right. DeJesus stops at second. Buehrle walks Sweeney to load 'em up to face Teahen, who's hitting .367 with RISP. Make that about .359 as he bounces into a 4-6-3, inning-ending double play.

Sandy Alomar Jr. rolls a scratch double down the third-base line. Ozuna lays down a nifty bunt hit to the right side past the lefty Perez. Alomar takes third. The Gooch lays down a swinging bunt that Teahen makes a charging, big-league play on for the first out. Ozuna moves up to second. Thome grounds to second, scoring Alomar. Ozuna takes third. Konerko flies out to right, but the Sox take the lead.

Sox 3, Royals 2





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