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The Other Side

May 7th at Toronto

Today's Free Agency Value:
"2 for 5 on the day, though his infield single in the 9th wasn't enough to score the run."

Short Take:  Garland sails early, but one bad inning costs the Sox the win.

So this is what it feels like to be on the other side of a one run game, huh? The Sox entered Fridays game having won 11 of 12 one run games that they were involved in. But on Friday the Sox and their fans were given a reminder of just what it feels like to lose a close game. There were no late inning heroics from the Sox in this game. No 9th inning, game winning rallies. No clutch at-bats to crush the oppositionís hopes in the last at-bat. Instead, the Toronto Blue Jays were the ones who provided the late inning heroics. The Sox took the first lead and looked to cruise with it, but the Blue Jays did not go away easily. They battled back against Sox starter Jon Garland to take the lead and with a walkoff hit in the bottom of the 9th, the Jays won the game 5-4.

The Sox got a valiant effort from Garland through 5 innings. Over that span Garland pitched well, managing to keep the Jays scoreless through the first five by pitching out of any jams he got into. Garland allowed two base runners in the first inning, but managed to strand them on the bases via a pop-out to first. In the 4th inning, Garland had to pitch around some poor defense when Jose Valentin, playing in his first game back from the DL, booted a ground ball off the bat of Carlos Delgado. After popping up Josh Phelps for a second time, Garland rolled up a double play to maintain the lead - a lead he had courtesy of Miguel Olivo. In the top half of the 4th a walk to Carlos Lee and a Joe Crede single put two runners on. Olivo stepped in and deposited a fastball over the left field wall for a 3 run homer. But in the 6th inning, Garland found himself in trouble. With two outs and a runner on, Garland allowed a home run to Eric Hinske to trim the lead to 3-2. Two batters later, Orlando Hudson hit a similar home run to right field to give the Jays a one run lead. But as the Sox have done many times, they bounced right back to even the score.

In the top of the 7th Juan Uribe continued his hot hitting with a triple to right. Jose Valentin drove in Uribe with a hit of his own which tied the game at 4. The game went to the 9th inning with the same score and the Sox looked like they might have some more tricks up their sleeve. After pinch hitter Timo Perez failed to reach base, Uribe did not fail and singled back up the middle. Uribe then stole second but Valentin failed to move Uribe when he struck out. Magglio Ordonez reached base on a high infield chopper on which Uribe moved to 3rd. But with two outs, Frank Thomas flew out to right and the Sox didnít score. That would be their last chance because when Cliff Politte entered the game in the 9th, he walked the first batter he saw, Orlando Hudson. Hudson moved to second on a ground out to bring up Reed Johnson. Johnson would single on a hard shot down the right field line which scored Hudson to give the Sox their second one run loss in 13 games.

The Sox will play the second game of the weekend series against the Blue Jays at 12:05 CDT on Saturday. Scott Schoeneweis will toe the rubber for the Sox and face off against Miguel Batista for the Blue Jays.

Ozzieball Update:
 Not much Ozzieball today. A 3-run jack and a triple account for the Sox scoring opportunities.

submitted by Jjav829.

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