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Garland tames Tigers 

July 5, 2003 at Tampa Bay

Today's temperature:
"Jon saves us again!  Man, how embarrassing would it have been to lose again in Detroit.  We're in a pennant race here!  On the plus side, the Cubune mentioned how good a non-move it was of Kenny not to can me earlier.  Wouldn't want those Sox to get too good, eh?"

Short Take: Garland, Thomas, and Lee make sure Sox don't drop another one in Detroit.

A day after losing again to Detroit, the Sox needed this one to avoid complete embarrassment before entering the month of September and the final stretch at a run for the American League Central crown.  And, like he has pretty much all year, when the Sox desperately needed a big game from Jon Garland, he responded.  Granted, it was against arguably the worst team in baseball in nearly half a century, but hey, if Mark Buehrle can get roughed, up, how confident in Garland could we be?

To make a long story short, the Sox "O" pounded Mike Maroth, who now stands 1 loss away from 20 for the year and Garland was nearly unhittable all night and the Sox coasted to a 5-2 win over a team that has given them fits all year long.

The Sox looked to be lost again in Detroit, as they meekly went down in the first two inning scraping out a total of 1 hit in the first two frames.  Maroth, however, would cough up all the runs Jon would need as Tony Graffanino doubled with two out and none on.  He was followed by Carlos Lee who drew a walk and both would touch 'em all as Frank Thomas continued his recent power surge, with his 10th home run in 12 games and 38th on the year.  Garland gave one back in the next frame, but with the way he had been pitching, it seemed that the 3-1 cushion would be enough.

In the 7th, Graffanino again ignited the offense, with a 2-out, bases empty triple and again scored as El Caballo launched Maroth's final offering deep into the Detroit night to make it 5-1.  However, in the bottom of the 7th, Brandon Inge tripled to left-center to lead off and Jerry Manuel promptly came out to pull Garland, who was visibly upset with the decision.  Scott Sullivan allowed Inge to scored, which finalized Garland's line on the night at 6+ innings of work, 5 hits, 2 runs (both earned), 4 walks, and 8 strike outs.  The win evened his record at 10-10.  Sullivan, Damaso Marte, and Tom Gordon all combined to close out the game, pitching a combined 3 innings, allowing 1 hit (off Sullivan) and striking out 5.

The only other real point of interest happened in the 6th inning, with the Sox only leading 3-1.  Thomas walked to lead it off and was followed by back-to-back singles by Magglio Ordonez and Paul Konerko to load the bases for Carl Everett.  He hit a lazy pop fly to shallow center field that was gloved by Ben Petrick.  Frank ran through a clear stop sign by third base coach Bruce Kimm and was nailed at the plate.  Joe Crede grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning, and in shades of early 2003, the Sox found a way to run and hit themselves out of a great scoring opportunity.  At the time, it looked as if the bad base running, characteristic of the Sox under Manuel would haunt them again.  Luckily, this was Detroit.

The Sox regain sole-possession of first with the win, as the Royals game against Anaheim was rained out.  The two will hook up for a twin-bill tomorrow.  However, the Twins kept pace with the first-place White Sox, as Johan Santana pitched six scoreless innings to pace the Twinkies to a 2-0 win over Texas.  Both Minnesota and Kansas City find themselves 1/2 game out of first.  As for the Sox, they will finally say good-bye to Detroit tomorrow, as Esteban Loaiza goes against Nate Cornejo.

WSI's Tinkerer Update:  Tony Graffanino leads off for Robbie Alomar, although we can't be too critical because he went 2-4 with a double and triple and 2 runs scored.  Still, in a game the Sox really needed to win to avoid being completely embarrassed, can't really understand JM's logic.  And he pulled Garland while he was more or less cruising after a lead-off triple.  Jon wasn't too happy about that.

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  He homered again?  The Big Hurt's been producing enough power recently to help ComEd out with summer blackouts!  Only one hit today, but it landed on the other side of the fence and gave the Pale Hose all the runs they'd need to pace Detroit to loss #100.

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