Gamethread: Royals at White Sox

Stuck in a slump: Even MLB.com has noticed Palka’s struggles.

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In what I can only imagine was a decision based on too many/lack of pain meds post rotator-cuff surgery, Ricky Renteria has decided to start Daniel Palka in right field today.  South Side Hit Pen’s unofficial mascot, Angie is on the IL, and won’t be shredding any Royals hats for you after today’s game, as she cut her paw and has a couple stitches, so we wish them both a speedy recovery and hope their paws heal soon. 

Realistic dramatization of Ricky’s mental state when he set today’s lineup. (Photo credit @StacheESQ)

Now, down to business:

Your White Sox lineup for today is:

The Royals’ lineup:

Lucas Giolito looks to bounce back from a no-decision after pitching seven innings of three hit, two run ball only to see the game end via a rare blown save by Álex Colomé. Jorge López pitched six innings of three hit shutout ball against the Marlins his last time around, so let’s hope we can get to the Royals’ bullpen early and get Lucas a win!

The game will be on WGN TV and AM 720. First pitch is at 1:10!

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Lenny G
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Alright. Will Lauren commit to changing her Twitter avatar to Daniel Palka if he gets 2 hits today? If he gets 3, she has to keep it until the end of the season.

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Looks like your pup is safe from any potential Palkamania causing you grief Lauren.

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More Soler Power at the Cell

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How did our man Palka look on that double to right?

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Can’t watch the game but gosh darn it, you got my hopes up for a second there! I thought you meant he hit a double to right haha

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Hahahaha oh man. There would have been fireworks at the stadium and multiple BREAKING NEWS tweets

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How dare they hit Yolmer 😒

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Eloy with another RBI! José ran through Capra’s stop sign, so the inning ends right when the Sox start rolling.

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What the bloody hell José?!

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Lucas is rolling!

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Six K’s in a row! eek

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Make that seven!

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Eight!!

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Club record for G-Elite-o!!!!

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Come on Palka. I need you to get a hit. Just for me to stop my worrying about you not hitting!!

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Nope. At least it was over fast….

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For what it’s worth, that left Palka’s bat at 105.2 mph. Just got on top of it a little.

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An Abreu sac fly scores Engel to tie the game at two! 115 RBI for Pito!

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Leadoff double for James in the sixth!

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BASE HIT FOR PALKA! NO.2 ON THE YEAR!

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Some day he’ll get that frozen rope of a hit!

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Sac fly from Yolmer scores James! 5-3 Royals

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Base hit Timmy!!!!

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James McCann loads the bases off of a single!

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Oh my god! Its happening! (Michael Scott gif)

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Errrr dang it. I mean this game don’t matter. Why not let Palka try to be a hero?!?!

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I can’t believe I’m saying this but even though Leury has more than 2 hits this season, Palka should have hit there. If he struck out, then fine. He’s 2 for infinity, but the gains of him coming thru with a hit was worth the risk!

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Augh! Why u no catch fastball McCann?!

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My man Timmy gunning for the batting title! 2 late hits!

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Dang. That’s one they should have won.

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And with that we put “paid” to another losing White Sox season. Seven straight (club record is nine) and 10 of the last 13 years. Rebuild slowed by injuries, bad drafts, poor trades and brutal free agent signings. Yet somehow through all this Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn still have jobs. Only in the world of the White Sox. Oh, the God awful Royals wound up taking the season series 10-9 by virtue of winning six of the last seven head to head meetings. Don’t stop now boys! (LOL). Only thing Sox fans have to look forward to the last… Read more »