rThursday, Sept. 15, 2011
Posted: 9:54 p.m. Updated: 11:19 p.m.
By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com White Sox InsiderFollow @CSNChi_Beatnik
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KANSAS CITY The last of the red-hot Chicago White Sox starters has bit the dust.
Mark Buehrle was utterly torched by the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, allowing a career-high 15 hits on the wrong side of a 7-2 romp.
The final hita liner back through the box from Alcides Escobar that hit Buehrle flush on his left pitching bicepwas the greatest insult, driving the lefty out of the game.
Its fineI think Ozzie just said, Enough, Buehrle said. I could have stayed in the game if it happened earlier in the game but he came out and said, There no reason to stay in. Youre getting your ass handed to you, lets get you out of there.
Well see how he feels tomorrow, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. But hes lucky it hit him right in the muscle. He should be fine.
Melky Cabrera continued his mastery of Buehrle, going 4-for-5 with a home run off him. Billy Butler added a round-tripper in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
It appears that the White Soxs flirtation with a six-man rotation for a fair spell of the summer did not help Buehrles stamina, as hoped. Through his first 25 starts, Buehrle had a 3.10 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 54.2 game score and 20.4 outs per start. Over his last three, games in which the White Sox have lost by a collective 33-8, the lefthander has a 12.00 ERA, 2.54 WHIP, 18.3 game score and 15.3 outs per start.
The last three outings have been very rough, very rough, a lot of balls in play, Guillen said. Hes been roughed up pretty good. For him, the biggest thing is location and changing speeds. Right now, I dont think he has that with him. Hes kind of behind hitters a couple of times.
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Buehrle denied there was anything behind his September swoon, attributing it to, Some bad luck. Obviously theyre hitting the balls hard and finding holes. But it seems like when I make a pitch theyre hitting the ball hard and putting it in play, and when I make a mistake, theyre crushing it.
"When things are going your way and youre missing pitches, they either foul them off or hit them at our guys. Now theyre finding holes or putting them over the fence, Buehrle said.
A.J. Pierzynski was the lone bright spot for the White Sox, going 3-for-4 and in the process tapping out the 1,500th safety of his career.
Alexei Ramirez had a ninth-inning single almost negated with Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur nearly throwing him out at first base. Ramirez gestured and appeared upset at Francoeurs challenge, but was lighthearted about the exchange after the game.
I wasn't really upset with the play, Ramirez said. Francoeur is just doing his job, and Ive got to do my job and get to first base. I'm aware of his highlights in getting guys out at first and I don't want to be one of them. I just told him that next time he's up, he better run hard because if it gets past me I'm still going after him.
The loss officially eliminated the White Sox from the 2011 postseason. But despite the dreaded X now residing next to the White Sox in the standings, Guillen doesnt foresee a change in his lineup over the final two weeks of the season.
No, were going to continue to play the guys who should be playing, he said, adding with a laugh, the kids are playing right now.
But no, weve got to go through the season. Everyone knows its a very disappointing season and very inconsistent season, but weve got to try to finish it as strong as we can. We should have played better. I thought with the club we have wed have a better season and have a better shot to win the division. But obviously, it didnt go the way we wanted it to go.
Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.