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Old Jon Makes a Visit

August 2, vs. Toronto


How many Grinders did KW use today:
4
"Got to go with Jon Adkins, who did his job perfectly in the 8th, retiring the first two batters so he could plunk Mr. 2-HR Night Russ Adams and minimize any chance of damage.  After that, it's slim pickings."

Short Take:  Pre-2005 Jon Garland crashes the homecoming for Sox, as Garland allows 5, 2-out runs in 2nd as Blue Jays drop Sox in series opener, 7-3.

If there's been one big difference from the Jon Garland of 2000-2004 and the Jon Garland that came into tonight's game 15-4, it's been the lack of the "big inning," he so typically allowed.  On Tuesday night, however, as the Sox returned home after a 4-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, the Blue Jays tagged Garland for 5 runs in the 2nd inning, all coming with two out, and Josh Towers easily handled the Sox bats (thanks, in large part to home plate umpire Jeff Nelson, but we'll get to that), as the Jays beat the Sox, 7-3.

The White Sox did score the first runs of the game, however.  Tadahito Iguchi doubled with an out in the first and came home to score on a monster home run by Paul Konerko.  However, after retiring the side in the first with little trouble, save an excellent play by Geoff Blum at third to rob Vernon Wells of extra bases, Garland came apart in the 2nd.  With two outs, Greg Zaun singled.  Eric Hinske doubled to put two runners in scoring position for Reed Johnson, who tripled to right field to knot the score at 2.  Moments later, Orlando Hudson drove a deep home run to right field to put the Jays up 4-2.  And, just moments after that, Russ Adams went back-to-back with Hudson, homering feet over the head of Scott Podsednik in left field.

I could go on, but there's really little else to discuss in terms of the actual game.  Blum made a nice showing in front of his new hometown fans, robbing Wells of at least a double with an excellent diving stop down the third base line in the first, as was mentioned, and batting 1-4.  The real story of the game was Josh Towers, who was mildly dominant after the first.  After allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in the first (A.J. Pierzynski followed Konerko's homer with a double but was stranded by Jermaine Dye), Towers went 6.2 IP, scattering 5 hits and only allowing another run.  He struck out 7 in the outing, but as much credit as Towers deserves for such a feat, don't forget the contribution of home plate umpire Jeff Nelson and his strike zone the size of hockey net.  After a few close calls, Ozzie finally had it with Nelson in the fourth.  When Towers delivered a fastball barely a foot off the ground for strike one to Jermaine Dye, Guillen immediately sprang from the dugout, and for the second staight game was tossed.  He and Nelson then argued for a few minutes before he made his way to the showers early.

The only thing left to really talk about was, for the second straight game, the Sox ended up in a war of beanballs with their opponent.  In the bottom of the 8th, with two out, Towers nailed Pierzynski.  Justin Speier then came on to relief the Blue Jay starter... and promptly drilled Jermaine Dye, his first opposing batter in the collarbone.  The next inning, recently promoted Jon Adkins got the first two outs of the inning before hitting Russ Adams, who added a 2nd homer of Garland earlier in the game, square in the hip.  Nelson proved to be slightly more rational than his contemporary from yesterday's game, issuing warnings to both benches after the retaliation.  Adkins may have earned some respect from his teammates, but it was to no avail as the Sox should have meekly been retired 1-2-3 in the ninth had it not been for an error on Adams (it's OK, Tadahito Iguchi grounded into a double play, anyway, erasing the gift runner).

The Sox and Jays continue the three-game set tomorrow from U.S. Cellular Field.  Orlando Hernandez is scheduled to take the hill for the Pale Hose while David Bush takes the mound for the Canucks.  Game time is 7:05 PM Chicago time and it can be seen on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: 
Hard to manufacture runs when the ump is giving the opposing pitcher a good foot on each side of the strike zone.  Towers and Nelson too much of a 1-2 punch for Sox bats tonight.


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Paul Konerko

2-4 with a pair of ribbies and pair of runs.  His 2-R blast in the 2nd gave the Sox their only lead of the contest.

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