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Dome Advantage

August 19 at Minnesota Twins


How was the trophy defended today?
By taking advantage of multiple mistakes by the Twins.

Short Take: The Sox benefit from Metrodome quirks and some sloppy play to beat the Twins at their own game, while Jon Garland does the rest.

"Weirdness seems to follow him wherever he goes."

Those were the words of Minnesota announcer Dick Bremer after watching slow-footed A.J. Pierzynski run his way out of a rundown and beat a throw to first base. Pierzynski’s successful scamper allowed Jim Thome to score the fourth Sox run of the night en route to a 4-1 Sox victory over the Minnesota Twins.

It was a crappy night to be a hometown Twins fan. In the first inning, the Sox scored a gift run by taking advantage of some Metrodome quirks that befuddled the Twins’ fielders. First, Thome reached second on a flyball to centerfield that second baseman Luis Castillo lost against the white roof of the dome. That was followed by a throwing error that allowed Paul Konerko to reach first base. Konerko had grounded one to shortstop Jason Bartlett, but his throw skidded under the glove of Justin Morneau at first. Bremer immediately piped up that the turf around first base may have been affected by the groundskeeing required for a Minnesota Vikings game (in other words: "Please! Please! Please let us have our own ballpark!") Whatever. Pauly was safe and Thome was home with the first run of the game.

The Sox scored another run in the second. Joe Crede singled, then Rob Mackowiak hit a check swing grounder to Nick Punto at third. The ball went right through Punto’s wickets and both runners were safe. Crede moved to third on a fielder’s choice by Juan Uribe and trotted home on a hit by Scott Podsednik.

The Twins cut the Sox lead in half in the third. Jason Tyner singled, and ended up at second base on a throwing error by Tadahito Iguchi. He was driven in by Punto to make it 2-1 Sox. Mackowiak got that run back in the next inning by blasting a solo home run into the right field upper deck. 3-1 good guys.

Meanwhile, Jon Garland pitched a cool dandy. He held the Twins to just five hits over 7.2 innings, and at one point he downed 14 Twinkies in a row. The run by Tyner would be Minnesota’s only run of the game.

Things settled down until the eighth inning. Thome led off with a slow roller up the middle into centerfield. While Michael Cuddyer jogged to the ball, Thome hit the afterburners and legged out a double. Konerko and Jermaine Dye were unable to move Thome, and this set the stage for a two-out single by Pierzynski into left field. While Thome motored for home, the cutoff man caught A.J. rounding first. As mentioned above, A.J. got out of the pickle by beating the throw back to first, completing an ugly night for the Twins’ fielders.

Bobby Jenks shut down the Twins in the ninth for his major league leading 35th save, and Garland earned his team-leading 14th win. The Sox look to win this series on Sunday, sending Javier Vazquez (11-7, 5.13) to the bump against Johan Santana (14-5, 3.10). Game time is 1:10pm Central.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Big, lumbering Jim Thome led by example by legging a lazy rolling single into a double, catching rightfielder Michael Cuddyer by surprise.


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