WHITE SOX 14, ROYALS 0
What suspense could there possibly be in the eighth inning of a 9-0 game? In this case the thrill of waiting to see if a Kansas City reliever would ever throw a strike. With the game out of reach, Royals manager Tony Muser called on 21-year-old righthander Miguel Asencio to begin the eighth. In his major league debut Asencio walked Kenny Lofton on four pitches and then did the same to Ray Durham. Eight pitches later he'd walked two more and forced in a run. Sixteen pitches. Sixteen balls. "We were actually feeling sorry for him, even though we were scoring," said Chicago starter Mark Buehrle.
Asencio was lifted for righthander Cory Bailey, who went to a 3-and-0 count and eventually walked the first hitter he faced. After a single, a hit batter, a sacrifice fly and two more outs, the White Sox had sent 10 men to the plate and scored five runs—but had only three at bats.