The game was wild in the early innings–tied 4-4 in the second after Home Runs by Paul Konerko and Alex Gordon– but the bats seemed to stop in the ninth.
I don’t know if any Major League scouts look to my site for advice (they don’t…), but if you want to beat the Royals, I would recommend getting to their bullpen and then flat out going to town on it. Well the Sox seemed to get the first part of the message, only to fail on following through on the second half of the deal.
After Aaron Crow, Joakim Soria (it’s okay, he’s the good pitcher on the team) and Robinson Tejada set the Sox down with relative ease, it was Kaneokoa Texeira’s turn.
Now I know what you’re thinking America, “who the hell is Kanekoa Texeira?” Would it alarm you to learn that nobody knows?
But after a successful 11th, it appeared he would break down in the 12th, allowing a single to Gordan Beckham, and walking Paul Konerko. The Royals brought in Jeremy Jeffress (who?…yeah, get used to asking that). He picked pinch runner Brent Lillibridge off of second, and got Alex RIos to ground out to short on a brilliant play by shortstop Alcides Escobar.
So the Sox brought in Tony Pena. Even the Royals will score in extra innings, eventually. Chris Getz singled, Mike Aviles got him to second, and a slimmed-down toad named Melky Cabrera hit a game-winning RBI Single.
And just like that the Sox are 2-2 while the Royals are 4-1. Ahh, April.
Stinky Sock of the Game: Pinch Runner Brent Lillibridge