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Big Effort!

April 15 vs. Baltimore.  

Short take:  Oriole road kill.

What a glorious day it was to be a Sox Fan!  Our Pale Hose beat Baltimore in the 4-game series' finale, pounding them with a dominating offensive attack, backed up with solid pitching.  If you squint a little bit Sox Fans, this team looks a bit like the 2000 division champion--only better! 

The final was 13-4, and the team improves to 6-5 on the season, with first-place Cleveland due in town for the next three dates.  It's hard to imagine a bigger series in April!

Jon Garland has struggled all spring to establish himself as a starter.  He earned his spot in the rotation more by default than anything he did on the mound.  If there was any serious discussion of sending him to the bullpen, he put an end to it with today's performance.

It started in the very first inning.  Garland needed just eleven pitches, ten of them thrown for strikes, to retire Baltimore in order.  The 22 year-old would be pitching ahead of  the hitters the remainder of the day.

Figuring they needed to give Garland plenty of support, the Sox offense was running on high-octane fuel.  Kenny Lofton got the Sox "O" off to a flying start (of course!) reaching base on a single, and advancing to third on a passed ball.  Top work by the umpire to call Lofton safe, the catcher's throw beating him to third, but not the thirdbasemen's tag.  Paul Konerko batted in both Lofton and Frank Thomas with an rbi single, and the Sox were off to the races.

The roof caved in on Baltimore's chances the next inning.  Tears welled up in Sox Fans' eyes to behold an offensive attack that saw ten Sox batters plate five runs on five hits, plus two walks. 

That's right, the Sox turned over the line up!  Monday marked the return of the signature event of the 2000 team's season, the missing ingredient to the 2001 team's arsenal.  Two of the three bottom-third hitters in Jerry Manuel's line up got hits. 

Oh Sox Fans, if the acquisition of Kenny Lofton was only good for improving the bottom-third of our line up, he was well worth the asking price.   He was replaced after the fifth inning, Manuel satisfied to rest his team's sparkplug for the Cleveland series after a 2 for 2 performance, two rbi's, three runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base.  Another unbelievable performance!

The Sox piled on three more runs in the third, and four runs after fifth.  At the end of six innings, it was 13-0 and Jon Garland had allowed just two hits!  Besides Lofton, Paul Konerko had an outstanding day, 3 for 5 with five rbi's and a dinger.  The Sox pounded O's pitching for 15 hits.

Everything after the sixth was strictly garbage time.  Garland has a spot of meaningless trouble in the seventh.  Bob Howry allowed a dinger in the ninth that won't count for anything except what Jay Gibbons' agent can crow about during contract negotiations next winter.  The game was long over.

Smelly old man Charlie Manual leads his motley crew to the South Side for the next three days.  This team is a shadow of the juggernaut that dominated the division in the late-90's.  It's time to flatten the Tribe to the pavement with some high-powered Sox tracks!

Sending Tribe fans their team back to Cleveland as road kill ought to be quite enjoyable for South Side fans!

George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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Pitched a two-hit shutout through six innings, completely in charge until the seventh when he already had a 13 run lead.  5 K's and no walks in 82 pitches.  The best start ever for the 22 year-old?

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