July 15, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (49) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE
Well, at least the game didn't last too long.
The Royals managed ten hits off of Chris Sale, three more than any other team had collected this year off of the tall left-handed drink of water that many thought the Royals would draft when they instead opted for Christian Colon in the 2010 draft. Unfortunately but somehow predictably, Chris Sale was able to work around nine of those baserunners. For the mathematically disinclined, that means the Royals scored one run off of Chris Sale in eight innings of work despite having ten Royals reach base. Sale struck out four and walked none, in those eight frustrating innings.
For his part, Luis Mendoza[ce] did make it all the way into the eighth inning before being pulled at 93 pitches with an out in the books and Adam Dunn at the plate. Jose Mijares came in to face the left-handed masher and struck him out for the fourth time that a Royal struck out the Pride of New Caney High. The Majestically Maned Mexican struck out six while allowing four hits, four walks, and one doucher to reach via the hit-by-pitch. Of those nine baserunners, two scored.
This meant Addison Reed came into the game to attempt to close the door on the Royals nursing a 2 - 1 lead, and close the door he did.
This meant, of course, that the division-leading and unquestionably heinous Pale Hoes succeeded in taking two of three at Kauffman. The innocence of youths across the Kansas City Metro Area has been irrevocably harmed.
Defeated but not deterred, the most loyal of Royals fans were seen gathering in the parking lot after the game exploring any and every way possible way to assure that this will never happen again. If there is a shortage of lambs and/or talismans in the Western Great Plains, you know where they have gone.