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Sox Overcome Garland

May 1st vs Oakland

Today's temperature:
"The Sox win helps Manuel, but showing a lack of confidence in your closer will definitely increase the pressure."

Short Take:  The offense and bullpen pull out the win after another shaky outing by Garland.

  • Sox fans were treated to another performance of the Jon Garland experiment on Thursday, and Garland did his usual. That is to say, he was bad. Garland lasted for 5 innings giving him enough to qualify for a win, but he by no means earned this one. The Sox offense bailed Garland out and the bullpen was able to close the game out. The Sox bats finally got going and they won the game 7-5.
  • One has to wonder how much longer Garland has left in the rotation before he finds himself either in the bullpen or starting in the minors. Garland received his 2nd win by luck because he did not deserve it. He walked 4 batters in the game including 3 in one inning. Luckily, by the time he left the damage Garland allowed (4 runs in 5 innings) had been overcome due to some hot hitting by the Sox and some poor fielding by the As.
  • Only 2 White Sox hitters failed to collect a hit and 5 hitters racked up multiple hits. Magglio Ordonez powered out his 6th home run of the season in the 3rd and Miguel Olivo jacked out his second of the year in the 5th. Ordonez and Olivo were clearly the standout performers of this game, scoring 5 of the Sox 7 runs (Ordonez 2, Olivo 3). It sure is nice to see the Sox offense play like this, isnt it Sox fans? Although, when the opposing pitcher is John Halama, you should be able to put up some runs.
  • With Garland having another disappointing outing, the bullpen had to step up big. While it wasnt always pretty, they got it done and shut the As out to hold the Sox lead. Tom Gordon was dominating in his stint of 2 and 2/3 innings. He took over in the 6th with 2 runners on and proceeded to retire the next 2 batters. He had total control of his pitches on the mound and baffled As hitters. Well done Flash! Sox fans looks forward to many more outings by Flash like the one he had tonight.
  • Paul Konerko had another good game today as he collected 2 hits and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Unfortunately just as Konerko is starting to find a groove, Joe Crede is slipping and batting just .237 now. No worries for Crede though, there is no one threatening to steal his job, so hell have the time to work himself out of this slump. However, with Tony Graffanino on a hot streak Manuel is itching to find a place for him to play, so we could see some more tinkering by Manuel over the next few days as Manuel works Graffanino in.
  • Confidence? Whats that? Billy Koch entered the game in the 9th with a 2 run lead trying to shut his old team down. Instead he struggled and walked the leadoff man but quickly retired the next two batters. But when Koch allowed a hit to the next batter, Jerry Manuel had seen enough. He pulled Koch and brought in Damaso Marte to get the final out. The move worked as Marte finished the game, but what does this tell Koch? It would seem to indicate to him that his manager has no confidence in himnot exactly what you want your closer to think. But with Manuel seemingly days away from being fired, one would think that at this point the only thing he is concerned with is winning the game.
  • From one AL West power to another. The Sox move on to face the Mariners at home tomorrow night with Esteban Loiaza taking the mound against Ryan Franklin at 7:05 cst. The month of April is over so it will be interesting to see how Loaiza fares in a new month. Hopefully, Loaiza proves to all that this start isnt a fluke. The Sox will also have a new look to their roster for the game as Willie Harris was called up after the game and Aaron Rowand was sent down.

Tinkerer Update:
 Graffy starts at second again against another lefty.

submitted by Jjav829.

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