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Twinkie Sweep!

July 1st at Minnesota


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
2
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
0

"Maggs stomps on a few Twinkies in a voodoo ritual. The move not only helps curse the Twinkies for the game but surprisingly turns out to be good rehab for his knee."

Short Take:  Garland, Lee lead the Sox in a victory to finish off the sweep.

The 2004 season has featured plenty of ups and downs for Jon Garland. From an 8 inning, 1 run performance in his first start of the season against the Yankees, to 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings in his last start against the Cubs, Garland has had plenty of each kind of starts. So entering Thursday’s getaway matinee Sox fans could only wonder which Jon Garland would show up. Would it be the pitcher who threw two consecutive 1 run, 7 innings performances, or the one who allowed 10 runs over 4 innings against the Phillies? There was one thing that was for certain and that was that Garland would have to pitch like the former to finish out a sweep against the Twins. The Twinkies were starting Johan Santana who had allowed two runs or less in his previous four starts, all lasting seven innings or more.

The Sox managed to match the two run output in the first inning alone. With two outs in the 1st, Frank Thomas walked for Carlos Lee. Lee wasted no time in taking advantage of a questionable walk. He smashed the first pitch he saw into the left field bleachers for a 2-run home run. Having been given an early 2-run cushion, Garland took to the mound looking to shut down the Twinkies. But Garland couldn’t avoid allowing a run in the 1st inning. He allowed a single and double to start the inning. The runner from 3rd scored on a ground out but Garland was able to minimize the damage. He retired the next two batters on fly outs to center to avoid further damage. If you watched the first inning and went away for the rest of the game, well, you didn’t miss much. The scoring stopped after the 1st inning as neither team could plate a run though the next 8 innings. Thankfully for the Sox, that meant a 2-1 victory to sweep the Twins.

While Johan Santana beat Jon Garland in every category except one, that one category was the most important, runs. Santana finished with 12 strikeouts having allowed only 3 hits and 2 walks. Garland on the other hand struck out only 2 while walking 3 and giving up 7 hits. While Santana may have appeared more dominant, Garland was more effective. He got a little help from his defense, particularly in the 5th when he allowed two singles with one out. While Garland looked to be in trouble, a line drive double play to Paul Konerko bailed him out. Konerko snared the line drive and threw to 2nd to double off Joe Mauer. Garland gave way to Damaso Marte in the 8th inning. Marte cruised through a 1-2-3 8th inning before giving Sox fans a slight scare in the 9th. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, Marte allowed a double to pinch hitter Michael Cuddyer. But Marte quickly struck out Joe Mauer to end the game and record his 4th save of the season.

Coming off a big sweep of the divisions rival Twins, the Sox head back to Chicago to finish off interleague play with one more series against the Cubs. This weekends series takes place at The Shrine otherwise known as Wrigley Field meaning the Sox lose the advantage of having a Designated Hitter. Esteban Loaiza starts for the Sox in Friday’s game and faces Carlos Zambrano. The game is scheduled to start at 2:20 CST.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
 No smallball here as both of the Sox runs came on a 2 run blast. Ozzie finally sees the good Jon Garland show up again.


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