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Sorry Detroit -- Your Season's Not Over Yet

October 3rd vs. the Detroit Tigers


KW's Daily Special:
Kitty Food
Something light and easy to chew for the toothless Tigers.

Short Take:Freddy Garcia pitches a potent game as the White Sox beat the Tigers 5-1.

The griddle was hot tonight as Kenny's Burger Joint took the carryout wagon to Detroit. The Tigers are trying to keep the piranhas of Minnesota off the AL Central platform, but the White Sox are fouling the Tigers' plans as they beat the big cats 5-1. This makes two in a row for the Sox in Detroit, and it couldn't have come at a worse time for the Tigers. With the Twins' victory over the Royals earlier in the day, Minnesota and Detroit are now tied for first with one game left in the season. Game 163, anyone?

But that will have to wait for another day. Tonight Freddy Garcia showed once again why he thinks he should be part of the starting rotation for the Sox in 2010, as he pitched seven strong innings. His slow (and slower) breaking pitches were floating around the Tigers' bats as he struck out seven and walked only one, yielding one run on six scattered hits. Not bad for a guy who appeared to be washed up earlier in the year.

While Garcia was taming the Tigers, the Sox were scoring runs. In the top of the second, (The) Carlos Quentin led off with a no-doubt-about-it solo homer to left-center. Mark Kotsay walked, followed by an Alex Rios single, a double-steal, and a walk to Brent Lillibridge to load the bases. Taking no chances, Jim Leyland took out starter Alfredo Figaro and brought in Fu-Te Ni. Scott Podsednik grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Kotsay. 2-0 Sox in the middle of the second.

In the Sox' half of the third with two outs, T. Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch. He then stole second (so there!). Mark Kotsay walked, and Alex Rios hit a popup to short right field that should have been caught, but Magglio Ordonez inexplicably did a diving slide and missed it. TCQ scored and Rios was credited with a double. Now it's 3-0 Sox in the middle of the third, and the Tigers are getting nervous.

In the top of the fifth Paul Konerko led off with a walk, at which point Ryan Perry was brought in to pitch in place of Gallaraga. Perry then hit Quentin in the brim of his helmet, putting runners on first and second. After a double play sent Konerko to third, Rios singled him home, making it 4-0 Sox in the fifth.

Not much else happened until the bottom of the eighth when Adam Everett led off with a double, followed by a Curtis Granderson single. Garcia was taken out at this point and replaced by Tony Pena who gave up an RBI single to Placido Polanco. Some stirring of energy among the Detroit faithful as the Tigers made it 4-1 after eight innings. But the Sox came back with another run in the top of the ninth, as a walk to Konerko, a double by TCQ, and an intentional walk to Kotsay all served as preamble to another Alex Rios' RBI hit, making it 5-1 Sox in the middle of the ninth. Matt Thornton came in the bottom of the ninth with a 5-1 lead, and though he gave up a leadoff walk to Carlos Guillen, he retired the next three Tigers to end the game.

Detroit has been a sad, almost desolate place in recent years. The current trend for the Tigers is desolate as well. After being at the top of the AL Central heap nearly all season they find themselves at the last day of the season in a tie with the pesky and vexatious Minnesota Twins. Sunday's final game is utterly decisive for both the Twins and the Tigers, and the White Sox are serving as this year's party crashers. It'll be fun watching both teams stagger past each other toward the postseason.

Keep the bar open late tomorrow, Kenny -- we'll enjoy a few rounds, sing Auld Lang Syne and bring the curtain down on 2009. As we head off under the lowering skies of autumn we'll dream sweetly of 2010 with visions of the starting rotation, a healthy Quentin, a seasoned Beckham, and the World Series championship that's waiting for us.

WSI's
Critic's Corner:
High fives to Freddy Garcia for knowing how to pitch, and to Alex Rios for figuring out how to use his bat.


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