Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Game 4 of 4
He is: Royals Nemesis A.J.Pierzynski
A.J. wasn’t really the difference in this game, he had some excellent help from Paul Konerko…but he sure did make quite a statement against the Royals.
The White Sox enter the game with a 7-game losing streak, dropping 3 of this series so far to the Royals. The Royals enter the game with a 7-game winning streak. Hopes were high for a Royals 4-game sweep of the series, but you don’t have to roll the dice to see what the tendencies would tell you: The White Sox are not that bad of a team, and despite the talent the Royals aren’t that great of a team. Streaks tend to break, under the circumstances.
The White Sox strike first against Bruce Chen, with a Brent Morel 2-run double in the 2nd, followed by a rare Adam Dunn RBI double and a Gordon Beckham SAC Fly in the 4th. The Royals make a fighting go at it with 4 runs scored in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings but the White Sox slam the door on their ‘go’ with back-to-back solo HRs by Konerko and Pierzynski in the 7th (courtesy of Louis Coleman).
The door is locked in the 8th when a 4-run inning ensues, highlighted by Pierzynski’s 2nd consecutive HR that brings 3 runs across the plate.
This was my first time seeing Johnny Giavotella in action with the Royals (is there a clinic for those of us who never spell his last name right on the first try?)…I am impressed. Johnny G custom 1983 Topps card courtesy of A Hair Off Square, a great blog you should definitely check out.
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