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Tiger Thrashing

July 25 v. Detroit Tigers


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
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"Like Tom Petty says, The waiting is the hardest part."

Short Take:Garland and Sox throttled by Tigers in series finale.

The White Sox were unable to overcome a mediocre performance by Jon Garland and a bullpen implosion in a 9-2 loss this afternoon to the Tigers at US Cellular Field. Garland started the game strong by retiring the first 8 batters he faced, but was shaky after that.

Paul Konerko and the Sox started the scoring in the second inning as Konerko hit his 26th home run of the year off Jeremy Bonderman, a solo shot. Bonderman retired the next batter, Ross Gload, and then faced Aaron Rowand. Bonderman, who previously brushed back Carl Everett earlier in the inning, beaned Rowand on the shoulder with a pitch that appeared to get away from him. Home plate umpire Kevin Kelley wasn't having it, and he ejected Bonderman immediately without warning. Tiger manager Alan Trammell was ejected as well, as play was delayed for about 20 minutes to sort out the mess. When the dust settled, southpaw Wilfredo Ledezma came on in place of the righty Bonderman, and this seemed to throw the Sox bats off balance.

The Tigers bats, unfortunately, were just getting warmed up. With two outs in the third, Nook "best name in baseball" Logan bunted for a base hit. Logan then stole second base and scored on a double by Omar Infante to tie the game at 1. The Sox went quietly in the third, but the Tigers wwent back to work off Garland in the fourth. Carlos Guillen, who has been red-hot all series, singled to lead off the inning. Dmitri Young drew a walk, and with one out Marcus Thames (remember the name) hit an RBI double to score Guillen. Lee made a nice play in foul territory to cut off the ball and prevent Young from scoring on the play. But after Garland loaded the bases on a walk to Eric Munson, Young would score on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Inge to give the Tigers a 3-1 advantage. The Tigers would add another run in the 5th to make the score 4-1.

Ledezma was sailing along until the Sox touched him up in the 5th. Gload singled to lead off the inning, but was thrown out at third by Bobby Higginson on a long single by Rowand. Higginson threw a strike to nail Gload, who had been holding on first, by 5 feet. Rowand would move to second on the play and later score on a single by Jamie Burke to cut the defecit to 4-2. Garland would pitch a scoreless sixth, closing the book on his day with 4 ER, 6 hits, and 3 walks. Neal Cotts would start the 7th inning by quickly retiring the first two batters. Then the roof fell in. Cotts walked Higginson, allowed a single to Guillen, and walked Young to load the bases. Carlos Pena would then get plunked, scoring Higginson to make the score 5-2. Cotts would leave in favor of Mike Jackson, and if this was Survivor, Jackson may have finally pitched his way "off the island ". Jackson would come in to face Thames, who would turn on a 3-2 pitch for a grand slam and an insurmountable 9-2 Tiger lead. Jackson has now allowed 14 of 22 inherited base runners to score this season. Not much more excitement in this one, the only other play of note was a single by Ben Davis, who upped his season average to .118. He was erased when Willie Harris grounded into his third double play in two games.

No time to dwell on this one. The Sox now hold destiny in their hands as the battle for first place contiunes tomorrow when the Minnesota Twins come to town. The Twins currently hold a half-game lead over the Sox. Tomorow night, the Sox send Mark Buehrle (10-3, 3.86) up against Brad Radke (6-6, 3.82). Buehrle is coming off a two-hit masterpiece in Cleveland and will be trying to pitch the Sox back into first. Gametime 7:05 CDT at US Cellular Field.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Offense supplied 10 hits today, but never seemed to get in rhythm.


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