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Les Miserable

June 20 at Montreal


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
13
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
0

"Hoping to come back sometime this week, which would be ahead of schedule. We shall see."

Short Take:Pitching rules the day, but in the end Expos get the better of Garland and take the series.

Starting pitcher Jon Garland pitched his heart out today, only to have the game end in disappointing fashion as the Expos walk off with a 4-2 victory. Garland went the distance allowing only three hits, but they were costly ones.

The Sox managed 8 hits off Expo starter Zach Day, who also pitched well but did not figure in the decison. The Sox managed to score first in this contest, putting across an unearned run in the second inning. Jose Valentin, today's pick to click winner, led off the frame with a single. He advanced to third base thanks to an infield bunt single by Aaron Rowand which was misplayed by second baseman Jose Vidro. The next man up,Ross Gload, ground out into a double play but scored Valentin to put the Sox on the board at 1-0. Garland, meanwhile, was on cruise control. He was perfect through 5 innings, but appeared to have a mental lapse in the 6th. After retiring the first batter in the 6th inning, he walked Endy Chavez on four pitches to break up the perfect game. After the pitcher sacrificed Chavez to second, leadoff man Brad Wilkerson walked. Terrmel Sledge then came in as a pinch hitter for 3B Jamey Carroll, and he drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. The Expos were still hitless to this point when Jose Vidro stepped up to the plate. He singled cleanly up the middle, breaking up the no hitter and driving in two to put the Expos up 2 to 1.

Valentin led off the 7th with his 12th home run of the season, and the score was tied at two. Garland went back to his perfect ways, retiring the Expos in order in both the 7th and 8th innings. He also collected his first major league hit in the 8th, a leadoff infield single deep in the hole at short. Unfortunately Willie Harris was unable to move him into scoring position, and Juan Uribe grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the Sox 9th, Expo relief pitcher Chad Cordero retired the heart of the lineup in order to send a tie game into the bottom of the 9th inning. Garland, perfect for 7 out of 8 innings to that point, would pitch the 9th. Vidro would double off him with one out, collecting his and the Expos second hit of the game. The next batter, shortstop Orlando Cabrera, delivered a game-winning walk off two run homer to give the Expos a 4-2 victory.

Garland (5-4, 4.64) took the loss, despite dominating the Expo hitters for most of the game. He recorded a season high 7 strikeouts against 3 BB, but the walks were costly as is usually the case. Valentin went 3 for 4 and scored both runs, but unfortunately that was not enough. The Sox (35-30) now limp home after another disappointing road trip which saw them go 2-4 and drop both series to their interleague foes the Marlins and Expos. They will end the day in second place, unable to pick up ground on the division leading Twins who now have a one-game lead on the Sox pending the outcome of their game today.

Next up, the Sox take on division rival Cleveland for a 4-game series beginning tomorrow night, 7:05 pm CDT at USCF. Scott Schoeneweis (5-5, 4.30) looks to get back on track against the Indians' ace C.C. Sabathia (4-3, 2.95). Remember that it's half-price Monday, so tickets are (obviously) half price!

Happy Father's day to all the dad's out there!

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Aaron Rowand laid down a beautiful bunt for a hit in the second inning, moving Jose Valentin into scoring position to set up what would be the first Sox run of the game.


submitted by beckett21.

Sox Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner

Jose Valentin

Three for four on the day, scored both runs and hit his 12th home run of the season.

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