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July 23 v. Texas


How was the trophy defended today?
With pitching and offensive execution.

Short Take:Garland strong as Sox end losing streak with shutout of Rangers.

Jon Garland pitched a great ballgame this afternoon as the White Sox won just their second game in 9 attempts after the All-Star break by a score of 5-0 over the Texas Rangers.

Vicente Padilla took the mound for Texas, who was looking to sweep the Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Padilla is recently remembered for hitting AJ Pierzynski with a pitch twice in the last game he started against the Sox. Manager Ozzie Guillen promised retaliation if Padilla were to hit anybody this afternoon.

With Rob Mackowiak on first following a leadoff single in the third inning, Padilla plunked shortstop Alex Cintron in the thigh with the next pitch. As Ozzie fumed in the dugout, Ross Gload laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move the runners over into second and third with one out. Scott Podsednik grounded out to second baseman Ian Kinsler for the second out of the inning, but Mackowiak scored to put the Sox on top 1-0.

That would actually be all the offense Garland would need today, but he still drew Guillen's ire when he failed to hit Kinsler leading off the 4th inning. Garland threw two pitches behind Kinsler, missing him both times and drawing a warning from the home plate umpire. Garland eventually walked Kinsler, but escaped the inning unscathed. Unscathed, that is, on the scoreboard. Between innings, a furious Guillen was seen giving Garland a dressing-down in the dugout. Controversy aside, Garland continued to dominate the Ranger lineup. Big Jon held them to just 4 hits over 8 innings, and departed with one out in the 9th after allowing two base hits to Ranger hitters.

Offensively, the Sox added to their lead in the 5th in much the same way they produced a run in the third. With Mackowiak and Cintron on base, Gload sacrificed them over with a sacrifice bunt, and Mackowiak scored on an RBI groundout to short by Podsednik. The next batter, Tadahito Iguchi, homered off Padilla to give the Sox a 4-0 lead. Padilla lasted 7 innings in suffering the defeat. Podsednik would homer to lead off the 8th off of Padilla's replacement Joaquin Benoit. Matt Thornton would ultimately relieve Garland in the 9th to strike out the only two batters he would face to preserve the 5-0 victory for the Sox.

It doesn't get any easier from here as the Sox welcome the Minnesota Twins to town for a three-game set starting tomorrow night. The Twins, just 3 games back of the Sox for second place in the AL Central, send Brad Radke (8-7, 4.83) to the hill. The Sox counter with Javier Vazquez (9-5, 5.20). Gametime is 7:05 pm CDT and will be telecast on CSN+.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Not one, but two successful sacrifice bunts by Ross Gload today help put some runs on the board.


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