Saturday, April 08, 2006
Kansas City 4, Sox 3
This losing thing can be a bad habit. The Sox won their first 10 games against the Royals last year. The Sox were also 9-0 against Cleveland in 1-run games. Just 5 games into 2006, they've lost a 1-run game to Cleveland and lost their first two games to Kansas City. It took the Sox until July 27th to lose two games to the Royals last year.
The clutch hitting isn't there, and the pitching today was just good enough to lose. The Royals put all of about 3 good swings on the ball, and had 4 runs. Meanwhile, Jim Thome's laser into the left field gap is a double instead of a 3-run homer, and the Sox are SOL. Note below that Crede's double play killed the Sox in the 8th. A bases-loaded double play costs your team 1.5 expected runs. That's the difference in the game, at least as much as Sweeney's home run off of Politte.
Here's your ERV boxscore for the game.
Team ERV: .11 (Bautista wild pitch)
Player of the Game: Jim Thome
Pitcher of the Game: Javier Vazquez
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