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Do You Believe in Miracles?

July 17th at Oakland


Today's Free Agency Value:
$11,000,000
"Maggs slump since returning continues with another 0-4."

Short Take:  Freddy Garcia helps the Sox do the unthinkable, win in Oakland.

Okay, so the headline is a little extreme but heading into Saturdays game against Oakland a win seemed almost impossible considering the Sox had won just one game in their last sixteen games played in Oakland. But things were a little different for this game as the Sox sent a pitcher to the mound that the As were a little more familiar with. The Athletics have seen plenty of Freddy Garcia over the past few years and they fared very well against him. However, this was the type of situation that the Sox acquired Freddy to help them win - big games. Garcia did exactly what the Sox needed in keeping the As in check for nearly 7 innings. He finished going 6 2/3, allowing just 2 runs, on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6 in the Sox 5-2 win.

After scoring only 1 run last night, the Sox wasted little time getting on the board in this game. With 1 out in the 2nd inning, Paul Konerko stepped up to the plate and hit the second pitch he saw over the left field wall for a solo homer. The scoring didnt stop there because two batters later Joe Borchard drew a walk ahead of a Juan Uribe dribbler that found its way into right field. With runners on 1st and 3rd and 2 outs, Ben Davis had the biggest at-bat of his short White Sox career. Davis singled to center scoring Borchard and giving the Sox their second run of the game for the 2-0 lead. Meanwhile, Garcia cruised through 3 innings with only 1 hit allowed. The 4th inning was a little different though. After striking out the first batter, fossil Mark McLemore, Garcia walked Eric Chavez. After quickly going 0-2 on Jermaine Dye, Dye battled back to have a 9 pitch at-bat. The 9th pitch was hit to Jose Valentin but an error by Valentin allowed Dye to reach 1st base and Chavez to make 3rd. Garcia walked the next batter before allowing a 2 run double to tie the game. That was all the As would get though as Freddy struck out the next batter and ended the inning with a fly out.

In the 6th inning, Carlos Lee broke up the tie game with a solo shot of his own that cleared the fence in left center. Garcia put together a 1-2-3 bottom half of the 6th inning and received a little extra support in the 7th inning. Joe Borchard started the inning with a single but the As couldnt manage to turn a double play in the 7th. Juan Uribe grounded to short but the As only got the force at 2nd as Uribe beat the throw at 1st. Next up, Ben Davis grounded to second but once again the As only got the force at 2nd as Davis beat out the throw at 1st. That proved to be very costly to the As because the next batter, Aaron Rowand, hit a 2-run blast to left field to extend the Sox lead to 5-2.

The bullpen took over for Garcia after a 2 out Paul Konerko error extended the bottom of the 7th. Damaso Marte took over and struck out the next batter. In the 8th inning Marte gave Sox fans a scare though. After 2 quick outs, Marte allowed the next 2 hitters to reach which brought the tying run to the plate. A moment of confusion ensued when Ozzie Guillen made a trip to the mound. Ozzie made a motion to the bullpen which As manager Ken Macha interpreted as Ozzie signaling for a new pitcher. Instead, Ozzie was simply waving the pitcher back to the pen. Marte struck out the next batter to end the inning. In the 9th inning Ozzie did indeed go to that warming pitcher - Shingo. Shingo retired the first two batters before allowing a double. After going to a full count on the final batter, Shingo made a nice catch on a live drive to end the game and secure the White Sox win.

After losing the first two games of the series the Sox pulled out a big win in the 3rd game of this 4 game series. The Sox could get a big boost if they are able to win tomorrows game and secure a series split in a place where they havent played well recently. Esteban Loaiza will have the task of trying to lead that win. Mark Mulder will pitch for the As in a 3:05 CDT game.

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 Aaron Rowand leads off and hits a 2 run HR to help secure the win. Joe Borchard helps spark 2 run scoring rallies including a 2 out rally in the 2nd inning.


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