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Outmuscled

June 9, vs. Philadelphia


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
24
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
0

"Spent most the day trying to get the VCR to stop blinking 12:00, but ultimately gave up and just put a normal clock in the room. Meanwhile, the Sox learned the hard way it's not a good idea to get into slugfests when missing your clean-up hitter. Hopefully they took notes."

Short Take: Phillies shell Garland, and late runs make score closer than it really was.

A day after combining for 25 runs, the White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies hooked up at U.S. Cellular Field and started were they left off. In a game touted to be a solid pitching match-up between Jon Garland, who looks like he has finally turned the corner in his career that Sox fans have so desperately waited for, and Eric Milton, who came into tonightís action with a 4-4 record, 3.39 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. Instead, the ball was jumping as the Sox fell to Philadelphia, 13-10, but in reality it really wasnít that close.

The game really fell apart for Garland and the Sox in the 4th inning. After solo shots from Bobby Abreu, Jose Valentin, and Paul Konerko, the Sox entered the inning up 2-1, but Garland was bitten by his worse nemesis ever since he broke with the big league club in mid-2000, walks. After giving the lead back to Philadelphia on Abreuís second homer of the night, the merry-go-round of singles and walks began. Pat Burrell singled, Ricky Ledee walked, Mike Leiberthal walked, Marlon Byrd knocked a slow roller up the middle and then beat out the throw by a double-clutching Jose Valentin to score a run and keep the insanity going. Jimmy Rollins then walked to bring home another run and keep the bases loaded for Placido Polanco, who singled into short left field. The bases eventually cleared as Polanco got caught in a run down long enough to let Rollins scoot on home.

But never fear, Sox fans. Again, unlike years past, when the team would just roll over and admit defeat, the Sox eventually clawed back. Aaron Rowand hit a solo shot and Miguel Olivo connected for a 2-run bomb in the fourth to take back 3 runs and cut the lead to 8-5, but Jon Garland again was his worst enemy, walking Bobby Abreu to lead off the fifth and he came around quickly as Jim Thome then took Jon over the left field wall (his 40th career home run against the Sox, incidentally) to end Jonís night after 4+ innings and 8 hits, 10 runs (all earned), 4 walks, a punch-out, and three long balls.

Jon Adkins and Neal Cotts pitched pretty well, but Cotts eventually got himself into trouble and gave way to Billy Koch who proved to be pretty useless, even when not in a closerís situation. Though he inherited runners at first and second, Koch looked pretty bad, allowing three runs to cross, though his line wonít look as bad as only one was credited to him. Either way, Koch again looked to be lost between a deep funk and a complete state of brain-dead. He settled down for an uneventful 8th before giving way to Shingo Takatsu who pitched the best inning of the night, retiring Philadelphia 1-2-3 in the 9th.

Thanks to four runs off Billy Wagner, courtesy of a single by Carlos Lee, double by Aaron Rowand, single by Kelly Dransfeldt, and home run off the left field foul pole by Joe Crede, the Sox made things mildly interesting, but it was just too little too late. The game could have extended a few more at bats, after Miguel Olivo hit a comebacker off the glove off Wagner, but Jimmy Rollins flashed the leather that he has made his trademark, barehanding the slow roller and fluidly threw a strike to first to literally get the speedy Olivo by a millisecond to send the remainders of the crowd tantalized, but unfulfilled.

So, for the second straight night the Sox get a subpar pitching performance, but unlike last night the Sox could not outslug the Phillies in an ugly game. Still, it was nice to see some life from the team after a dreadful inning and to see the offense fighting until the last out, forcing Philadelphia to make a fantastic defensive play to ice the game officially. However, in the end a loss is a loss is a loss is a loss, and with the Twins defeating the Mets, 5-3 up in Minneapolis, they draw themselves in a virtual deadlock with the White Sox for first in the division, though the Sox lead the loss column by a game.

In other good news, though, Carlos Lee did have two hits in tonightís game to extend his hitting streak to 24 games.

Scott Shoeneweis takes the hill tomorrow evening in the rubber match of the three-game set after arguably his worst outing of the year since Spring Training. However, he faces Brett Myers, who has been erratic at times even in the National League. If the next game plays out the way the first to have, you have to like the Soxís chances, right? Game time is 7:05 PM Chicago Time and will be aired over WCIU.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
No time for smallball when you're down 6 runs after 4. Using Koch in the 7th suggests maybe Ozzie has finally realized what every other Sox fan on the face of the Earth has learned the very, very painful way... Billy Koch should never, ever come near a 3-run lead or less in the 9th inning. But we'll never know for sure until the situation presents itself again.


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