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Winning Ways Return!

May 1st vs Detroit


How many Grinders did KW use today:
3
"Perez, Widger and Lopez all contribute today."

Short Take: Garland twirls gem, shuts out Tigers

Friday night, the south side of Chicago echoed with the gnashing of Sox fans' collective teeth as they lost their third straight game. The pinstriped faithful worried their team would never score another run, have their bullpen blow every lead, and lose as many games in May as they won in April. But by Sunday afternoon, the gnashing changed to cheering, as the Sox started another winning streak with an 8-0 thrashing of the Detroit Tigers..a team who many thought would win the AL Central this year.

For 3 years, every good Jon Garland start has led Sox fans to ask "Has he finally turned the corner?" Jon would usually find a way to answer this question himself with a couple lousy outings or some snarky comments to the media about the Sox fan base being clueless. Once again today, Jon let his pitching do the talking, turning in a four-hit, one-walk complete game shutout where he fanned six. GUess what pitcher currently has the highest win total in the AL Central? Is it Johan Santana? Nope. C. C. Sabathia? Negative. That's right, it's our very own Garland, who just might be shedding the "Judy" moniker once and for all.

After scoring 6 runs total the past two games, the Sox offense got hot in a hurry on a cold afternoon at US Cellular, pummeling Tigers starter Wilfredo Ledezma. Yeah, the same Ledezma who looked like Cy OUng against the Pale Hose a couple times last year. Aaron Rowand singled to start the second inning and worked his way to third on a Timo Perez sacrifice grounder followed by a Joe Crede sac fly. Rowand scored when super sub catcher Chris Widger drove him home with a single, and the Sox never looked back. More damage came in the third inning when Tad Iguchi came home on an absolutely perfect suicide squeeze laid down by Timo Perez.

The Tigers decided to act like bitchy little kitties in the fourth. Ledezma plunked Paul Konerko in the previous frame, sending the Sox first sacker to first base for what seems like the first time in a week. Garland, with either vengance on his mind or slippery hands, threw a pitch behind Rondell White's back. White, ever the tough guy, stood in the batter's box with his bat pointed at Garland, too much of a pansy to fight like a man. Both benches emptied with all the enthusiasm of a kid being dragged to the dentist and order was quickly restored.

The Sox cracked the game wide open in the bottom half of the inning with a two-RBI single from Carl Everett which scored Scott Podsednik and Iguchi, who took advantage of Ledezma's wildness to draw back to back walks. Everett would pick up another RBI in the sixth, when Pedro Lopez became smartball personified and tagged up on Crazy Car's popout into foul ground in left. Lopez hit the trifecta today, getting his first major league hit, RBI, and scoring his first run. Timo Perez added a two-run jack in the seventh inning to give the Sox their final two runs of the game.

After an off day Monday, the Kansas City Royals roll into town for a three-game set starting Tuesday night. Mark Buehrle takes the hill against Brian Anderson.

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