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Joe Mays... 'Nuff said

May 17, 2003 at Minnesota

Today's temperature:
"I'm sure someone else will just beat the Twins for us."

Short Take: Solid effort by Garland no match for offensive, defensive ineptitude

For all the criticism Jon Garland has deserved thus far this year, give the man the credit he deserved.  Just when his team needed it, Jon answered the call and pitched himself a fantastic game against the Twins.  In 7 innings of work he allowed just 1 earned run (and a 2nd unearned, but we'll get to that in time).  Trouble was no one else decided to show up, as the Sox left Jon with a tough loss.  With trade rumors swirling Mark Buehrle may be the only baseball player in the world who wants to be in St. Louis more than Jon.

It looked like it was going to be another ugly game early.  In the bottom of the first, Jacque Jones led the game off with a single before being forced at second by Christian Guzman, who promptly stole second.  A Corey Koskie single to right field moved Guzman to third, and he would score on a throwing error by Armando Rios.  Jon buckled down and stopped the rally, nailing down the inning in sweet fashion punching out Torii Hunter.

As the Sox blissfully coasted through the game, Minnesota was busy trying to extend their lead, and they did in the 4th.  Bobby Kielty drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a single by tough guy, Doug Mientkiewicz and came around to score as Dustan Mohr grounded out to first.  Jon pitched two more uneventful innings to close out his night.

As for the Sox, they again were dominated by Joe Mays.  Take out his 7 inning, 4 hit, 1 run performance at U.S. Cellular Field earlier this year and Mays is the proud owner of a 6.58 ERA and 1.41 WHIP.  Tonight, Mays in 6 2/3 IP only allowed 7 hits and one run.  He was in cruise control until the 7th inning when Magglio Ordonez became the first lead-off man of the night to reach base with an infield single.  Carlos Lee then drilled what looked like a sure game-tying homer until Jones climbed a good two feet over the wall to bring it back.  After a pathetic popout by Rios, Paul Konerko, Joe Crede, and Miguel Olivo strung consecutive singles together to finally bring home a run.  J.C. Romero came on and induced a first-pitch popout by D'Angelo Jimenez to end the threat.

As for the Twins, they didn't fall asleep.  After being shut down by Tom Gordon in the 7th, they came to work against Kelly Wunsch in the 8th.  A single by Jones set the stage for a sac bunt by Guzman.  However, a poor throw by Wunsch and Jimenez's fear of contact allowed the ball to get through.  Props to Armando Rios, though, for backing up the play and holding the runners at second and third.  While Jones scored on a sac fly to left by Koskie, if that ball rattled a little longer, Jones would have scored and Guzman would have made third, thus scoring on the sac fly.  The damage was done, anyway.  Though Wunsch and Bobby Koch finished the threat, the Sox were dead.  Eddie Guardado came in and got a 1-2-3 ninth to seal the win.  Once again, defense was the factor, as the Sox gave away two runs in a two-run loss.  You do the math.

The Sox will try and avoid the sweep tomorrow.  Game time is 1:05 and Esteban Loaiza starts against Kyle Lohse.  Will the Sox be fired up to try and save some face and respect?  All we can do is hope.

WSI's Tinkerer Update: Maggs starts in center, Rios in right.

submitted by doublem23.

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Carlos Lee

Battle of the Tallest Midget today, Carlos was the only one to get 2 hits and should have tied the game with a 2-run dinger in the 7th.  At least not everyone is completely helpless against Cy You... I mean, Joe Mays.

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