Let's look at last night's 4-2 Sox victory over Kansas City in a "bizarro world" perspective. Here are some key things that didn't happen:
1. Chris Sale, who was masterful on the mound in eight innings of work, didn't show any ill effects from the nine-day layoff prompted by a tired arm.
2. Thanks to Sale's eight-inning effort, Robin Ventura didn't have to call on relievers Nate Jones and Brett Myers, who saw action in all three games against the Angels over the weekend.
3. Gordon Beckham didn't continue his weak offense output, which reached a 1 for 18 streak. His clutch homer in the seventh, put the Sox over the top. It was his first since June 20.
4. In the 1970s, Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver referred to his closer Don Stanhouse as "fullpack." According to Weaver that was the amount of cigarettes the skipper went through by the time Stanhouse, who had the habit of making things more exciting than his manager would have liked, recorded a save. Rookie Addison Reed hasn't quite reached that level, but he does make most outings an adventure. Last night, he put the tying runs on base with one out in the ninth, but didn't blow the save thanks to a game-ending double play.
5. The last time we faced the Royals, K.C. centerfielder Lorenzo Cain was on fire and gave Sox pitchers huge headaches. Against Sale he didn't continue his barrage as he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
6. A.J. Pierzynski didn't extend his streak of five consecutive games with a homer, which would have broken a tie with a group of others and given him the club record all by himself. No problem, he went 2 for 3 with an RBI.
7. What ever happened to last year's Royal phenom Eric Hosmer? He went 0 for 4 and didn't resemble, and hasn't all season, the rookie who hit the ground running last year with 19 homers, 78 RBIs and a .293 batting average. He also grounded into the game-ending double play while representing the potential winning run.
8. The Sox seemingly didn't miss a beat with Jordan Danks subbing for Alejandro De Aza, who was suffering from a stiff back. Danks collected a hit, a walk and scored a run. He's now batting .308 in limited action.
9. Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo, both in a offense funk, didn't snap out of it last night. Dunn went 0 for 4 and struck out three times while Viciedo went 0 for 3 with a pair of K's.
10. The Sox didn't gain or lose any ground in the division race. They are still 1 1/2-games ahead of the Tigers, who defeated the Yankees behind Justin Verlander.