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Consecutive Shutouts!

July 22nd at Cleveland


Today's Free Agency Value:
$11,250,000
"Magglio is out of the lineup with an injury. He has to say healthy if he wants the big money."

Short Take:  Garcia does his best to match Buehrle in the Sox 2nd shutout in a row.

Freddy Garcia had quite a challenge to take on in Thursday’s Mini-series finale against the Indians. Mark Buehrle was flat out dominant in Wednesday’s game allowing only 2 hits. So when one of the highest scoring offenses in baseball gets shutout, you have to figure they’ll be a little angry in looking to put up some runs in the next game. As for Garcia, he figured to have to throw very well tonight as the Sox offense was without Magglio Ordonez for this game. Maggs flew back to Chicago before the game to have his knee examined. While Garcia didn’t pitch as well as Buehrle, he wasn’t very far off. Garcia threw 7 innings without allowing a run to the Injuns offense. He allowed 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 9 batters. Led by Garcia’s brilliant outing, the Sox put across 3 runs and finished off the sweep of the Indians in a 3-0 win.

The Sox jumped on the board first in this game. In fact, they were the only team to put a run on the board in this game. With the Sox having to face C.C. Sabathia in this game, they figured to need every run they could get. In the 4th inning, they got just what they needed. Willie Harris walked to start the inning. Carlos Lee and Paul Konerko recorded consecutive infield groundouts, but that was enough to move Harris to 3rd base. With 2 outs, Carl Everett blooped the first pitch he saw into right field. The ball fell in front of Injuns right fielder Jody Gerut. Willie Harris scored the first run though Everett was thrown out trying to stretch a double. Two innings later, Aaron Rowand doubled before a Harris single. With 0 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Carlos Lee failed to get a run across when he struck out. But Paul Konerko did his job with a groundout to 2nd that scored Rowand. Once again with 2 outs and a runner on 3rd, the batter was Carl Everett. Once again, Carl Everett brought in the run. This time Everett grounded the ball up the middle. Indians second baseman Ron Belliard backhanded the ball, jumped, and threw the ball but Everett beat out the throw. That was all the runs the Sox got, and definitely all they needed.

Garcia cruised through the Indians lineup. Through 4 innings, Garcia allowed only 2 hits. He also got some defensive help when Timo Perez made a diving catch with 2 men on which may have saved a run. With 2 outs in the 5th, Matt Lawton singled. He proceeded to steal 2nd base and went into 3rd when Juan Uribe missed the catch and allowed the ball to sail into center field. But Garcia worked out of the jam with a groundout and held the shutout intact. In the 8th inning Garcia walked the leadoff man before making way for the bullpen. Ozzie went to the mound to pull Garcia and signaled for a reliever. The umpire, Joe West, misinterpreted Ozzie’s signal (which he gave with the right hand) as a signal for the right handed pitcher. Ozzie quickly pointed with the left hand but West had already summoned the righty, Cliff Politte. Thankfully, that didn’t haunt the Sox. Politte retired lefty Travis Hafner on a fly out. After another single Politte got some help from the men behind him. Casey Blake grounded up the middle where Juan Uribe snagged the ground ball and made a nice play to step on 2nd and flip the ball to 1st for the double play. Shingo retired the Indians in order in the 9th inning to record the save and complete the Sox 3-0 win!

Coming off this 2 game sweep, the Sox head home to meet up with Magglio and start a series against the Detroit Tigers. Esteban Loaiza will look to shut down the Tigers as he opposes Nate Robertson. The game is scheduled to start at 7:05 CDT.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
 Timo Perez starts in right for the injured Magglio and makes a possible run saving catch. However, Ozzie did have some confusion getting his bullpen pitcher in the game.


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