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We'll take it!

June 3 vs. Kansas City  

Short take:  Garland shines, again.

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Today's Mileage:
2
"Gee, who else can I bench?"

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JERRY'S HEAD

It's was a damned ugly effort, but you can't argue about the result.  Skip the labor pains and show us the baby!  Our Sox manage just five measly hits, but beat Kansas City 4-0.

Beggars can't be choosers.  The seven game losing streak is over.

Kenny Williams and Jerry Manuel benched slumping Royce Clayton before Monday's game with an eye to improve an offense that had been leading the league in production through April.  Just days later, Manuel began experimenting with new lineups and the offense has yet to recover.

Manuel shuffled the lineup again.  Frank Thomas is back in the #3 hole, Magglio Ordonez back at #4, and Paul Konerko at #5.  Ray Durham batted leadoff for the injured Ken Lofton, with shortstop Tony Graffanino batting #2.  The bottom-three were Carlos Lee, Aaron Rowand, and Jose Valentin.

Did any of this work?  Not tonight it didn't.  Through seven innings, the three hits went Ordonez, and Rowand who each had rbi doubles, and Konerko a single. 

More significant were the two walks by Ray Durham and Sandy Alomar.  They led to the first two Sox runs.  After a fifty-four minute rain delay, it was a leadoff walk by Ray Durham (his third of the night) that led to the third Sox run of the night.  Ken Lofton walked next--and he scored, too.

The real credit for breaking the losing streak goes to Jon Garland.  The young pitcher had his third quality start, pitching 6.2 innings of shutout ball.  He allowed just three baserunners through the first five innings.

Jerry Manuel was taking no chances, running out to the mound throughout the final three innings to get the match ups he wanted.  Antonio Osuna, Damaso Marte, Bob Howry, and Kelly Wunsch each pitched 0.1 innings.  Keith Foulke finished it off with a 1-2-3 ninth.

What Jerry, were you nervous about nailing down this victory?

The rain delay in the eighth kept Sox Fans praying for more rain and a shortened game victory--but that didn't work either.  So the Sox got two more walks, two more hits, and dispatched the Royals quickly in the ninth.

Ugly?  Sure.  Effective?  Absolutely.  Happy?  You betcha!  They all look beautiful in the win column.

Let's win tomorrow, too!


George Bova is editor and founder of White Sox Interactive.

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