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Heeeeeeere's Jonny!

June 13, at Texas


How was the trophy defended today?
Very impressive pitching performances by 4 key horses in the Sox's staff backed up by just enough offense.  The formula that put the Sox atop the baseball world keeps working!

Short Take: Lifted by 3-run tater by Paul Konerko, Jon Garland has one of more impressive starts of season as Sox take down Texas.

Though Jon Garland didn't finish the 6th inning, in tonight's game, it was a case of quality over quantity.  Though Garland has struggled most of the 2006 season so far, on Tuesday night, in one of the league's most notorious hitter-friendly parks facing one of the league's most notoriously dangerous line-ups, Garland answered the call, tossing 5 1/3 innings of 2-run ball allowing only 5 hits and more important, no homers and just one free pass.  The Sox offense, meanwhile, was paced by a 4-run 6th inning that included a 3-run bomb by Paul Konerko as the Sox beat the Rangers 5-2 in the 2nd of the 4-game set.

Though not perfect, Jon had his stuff working, and more impressive, he had it working when he needed.  He induced inning-ending double plays in the first and fifth innings, retired the Rangers 1-2-3 in the second and fourth innings, and when Brad Wilkerson lead off the third with a triple, Jon didn't melt down and give up a big inning.  Instead, he hunkered down and retired the next three batters he faced.  While Rod Barajas did drive Wilkerson home with an RBI ground out to put Texas up 1-0, the sinkerballer slammed the door on the Rangers for the remainder of the frame, looking more like the cool, savvy Jon Garland that won 18 games last year and not the pitcher who had stuggled at times this year and before last year's break-out performance.

Facing youngster Kameron Loe, who entered Tuesday's nights contest with less innings pitched in his career than Jon had thrown in each of his last 4 seasons, Garland must have known he could allow one early run.  The Sox quickly pulled even with Texas.  In the inning after the Rangers scored their first, a double by Jim Thome and single by Paul Konerko put runners at the corners for Jermaine Dye, who grounded back to Loe, but scored Thome to knot the affair at a run apiece.  In the sixth (the next time the heart of the Sox's order came around), Loe had no chance.  Tadahito Iguchi and Thome lead off the frame with a pair of singles and the captain put his team ahead for good, crushing a three-run bomb to left field.  The Sox added one more in the frame, as Juan Uribe's sacrifice fly sent Jermaine Dye home after he doubled in the inning.

The 90+ temperatures, however, wore Garland out quickly, as well.  Following the Sox's 4-run 6th, the Rangers came right back.  With one out, Garland issued his first and only free pass of the night to Ian Kinsler.  He then allowed a single to Gary Matthews, Jr. and an RBI-double to Michael Young.  With one out, Texas had runners at the corners and the Sox's 3-run lead was looking a bit tenuous.  Ozzie Guillen, however, put the fate of the Sox in the hands of his bullpen, who answered the call on this night.  Neal Cotts strukc out Mark Teixeira and got Hank Blalock to ground out to third to end the innings.  Brandon McCarthy worked two perfect innings, and Bobby Jenks, though he did allow a lead-off double, was able to shut the door on Texas for his 19th save of the season.

The Sox and Rangers have two more meetings in their 4-game stand.  Tomorrow night Javier Vazquez takes the hill for the Sox.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Tonight good pitching, from both the starter and bullpen lift the Sox past Texas.


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