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Thank God that was Detroit

July 19, 2003 vs. Detroit

Today's temperature:
"Two in a row against the Tigers shouldn't be anything to be excited about, but around these parts that passes for a playoff win or two. Jerry leaves well enough alone and uses the bench well tonight, but this team needs to be much more consistent if any of these wins are going to actually mean anything."

Short Take: Sox come within 3 innings of utter humiliation before offense kicks in...  Hey, a win is a win anyway you look at it!

That was just too close for comfort, Sox fans.  Nate Cornejo (who?) came within 7 outs of tossing a no-hitter tonight.

Luckily, Nate Cornejo plays on baseball's worst team, so even the most comatose of offenses can afford 20 gift outs before waking up to pound Detroit, 6-2.  The score doesn't show how bad this one could have been (and was, for the first 6.2 innings).

The scoring started for the Kitties in the fourth inning.  After Jon Garland handled the American League's worst offense effectively for the first three, he walked Carlos Pena and a batter later, gave up a 2-out, 2-run shot to Eric Munson.  The score stood at 2-0 Detroit and for a while, it looked like that would be enough (pathetically) to send the Sox home with another ugly, ugly loss.

Even though the Sox were playing the Tigers, it still looked hard to believe that a team that had just snapped a 4-game losing streak to them would be able to overcome such a "gigantic" deficit.  The two swapped scoreless innings after one another until the 7th.  With two outs in the inning, Paul Konerko singled into left field to notch the first tally in the Sox's hit column and the floodgates came crashing down as the Sox then pounded 6 more hits against Cornejo, Jamie Walker, and Danny Patterson.  With Konerko already on first, Jose Valentin singled moving Walnuts over 90 feet.  He would come into score on a Joe Crede single that sent Valentin to third (Tigers 2, Sox 1).  After Brian Daubach was announced as a pinch-hitter for Miguel Olivo, Detroit's manager, Alan Trammel countered with Walker, which got Jerry Manuel to counter with Tony Graffanino.  Sometimes tinkering pays off, Sox fans, as Graffanino launched a Walker offering into the left field bleachers to plate three runs and put the Sox up, 4-2.  However, would that be the dreaded rally killing homer?  Robbie Alomar answered that question quickly with another single.  He moved to second on a Carlos Lee single and then scored the 5th and final run of the inning on Frank Thomas's single to left field.

Damaso Marte came into close out the game for Jon, who pitched another solid game.  Even if it was just the Tigers, Jon answered the call nearly every time they even hinted to threat.  In the first two innings as he settled in, he got the Tigers to strand runners in scoring position and even the few times the rest of the game when he got in a little bit of trouble, he found a way out of it.  All in all, Garland worked 7 innings, gave up 6 hits, 2 runs (both earned), walked 3 and struck out 5 to even his record at 7-7 on the year and drop his ERA to 4.51.

The Sox got their final run in the 8th of Fernando Rodney.  With Willie Harris standing 90 feet away from the plate, Joe Crede collected his 2nd RBI of the night with a single to right.  Marte closed out Detroit in the 9th with little trouble and closed out the Sox's 2nd win in a row.  Oh, Sox fans... How different this report could have been.

The win brings the Sox's record to 47-50.  With Kansas City's 5-1 win over Seattle and Minnesota's 9-4 win over Oakland keep the Sox 7 behind the front-running Royals and 1/2 game behind Minnesota.  The Sox close out the four-game set with Detroit Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.  First pitch is at 1:05 Chicago time as the Sox send their All-Star, Esteban Loaiza to the hill to square off with Detroit's southpaw, Wilfredo Ledezma.  A win would give the Sox their first series-win since the sweep of the Twins June 30-July 2nd.

WSI's Tinkerer Update: The big news of the day... Caballo bats 2nd (and responds with a 1-4 night).  Not too much tinkering, but considering the Sox got no-hit for nearly 7 innings, you know Unky Jerry will be busting out marker and dry erase board tonight!

submitted by doublem23.

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