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August 1, at Detroit

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"Saw The Village over the weekend, but has to be honest... Expected more."

Short Take: Sox snap 7-game streak behind efforts of Freddy Garcia

No one was happier to flip the calendar to August than the collective White Sox organization. After enduring a month of All-Star snubs, injuries, and a 7-game losing streak to close things out, the Sox stumbled into the finale of a 4-game set with the Detroit Tigers, trying to salvage one for the series.

Ozzie Guillen sent Freddy Garcia to the hill to act as the stopper and ace he was dealt here to be. Garcia responded to the call, pitching an extraordinary game, much better than his official line of 7 1/3 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, a walk, and 8 strikeouts says. Before he was sent out in the 8th, he had pitched seven very strong innings, allowing only two runs and three hits. Still, his efforts were enough and the Sox offense scored 6 runs since their last win, a 7-6 win over Detroit last week capped by Joe Crede’s 9th inning walk-off, as the struggling White Sox defeated Detroit 6-4.

The Sox got on the board early and often for Garcia. With Paul Konerko standing on third with an out, Jose Valentin nailed Detroit starter, Jeremy Bonderman, in the leg. Bonderman would leave after just an inning and a third and was replaced by Danny Patterson, who promptly served up a three-run blast to Ben Davis.

While Garcia had only allowed three hits prior to the eighth, two of them were home runs. But, if you’re going to get tagged, you may as well get tagged with the bases empty, and Garcia did just that. In the third, he allowed a solo shot to Brandon Inge and in the seventh; Rondell White took Garcia deep for another run. However, in that time, the Sox had racked up two more runs, in the fourth and fifth, on singles by Aaron Rowand and Ross Gload.

However, when Freddy walked to the mound in the bottom half of the eighth, it was clear that the 100+ pitches he had thrown in the sunny Detroit afternoon had sapped him of his strength. However, in lieu of recent bullpen disasters, Guillen was caught between a rock and a hard place. Do you trot out your gassed starter, in a three-run, game or do you turn to a shaky bullpen in a crucial game? Though he gave Freddy a chance to get the action to Shingo, he allowed a lead-off double to Justin Smith, struck out Inge, and an RBI single to Alex Sanchez before Garcia was pulled for Damaso Marte.

Marte, in a word, made things interesting. He again struggled to find the strike zone, walking Bobby Higginson. Sanchez and Higginson then pulled off a double steal on a close call at third, which set up a critical at-bat for Carlos Guillen. With the tying run at second, Guillen lifted a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Sanchez and moving the tying run to third for Dmitri Young. Thankfully, Marte induced a ground ball to short, ending the threat.

Aaron Rowand gave Shingo some breathing room in the ninth with a solo home run, but he wouldn’t need it. Though he gave everyone a scare by issuing a lead-off walk to Rondell White, he zoned in to get Carlos Pena, Eric Munson, and Justin Smith to end the game and snap the Sox’s 7-game skid.

Unfortunately, the Red Sox were not able to hold onto a late lead in Minnesota and wound up losing the game, meaning the Sox do not gain any ground on the Twins. With 2 months left in the season, 5 games are clearly not insurmountable, but the time to fret has arrived. With 58 games remaining, if the Twins go .500 the rest of the season, they will win 88 games this year. The Sox would have to win 35 more games the rest of the season to hit 88, or play at a .583 clip the rest of the year (35-25). Meanwhile, in the Wild Card race, the Sox picked up a game on the Rangers who dropped a 4-1 decision to Oakland to draw within 3½ games of them. However, they still must leap-frog Boston and Anaheim.

Anyway, tomorrow is one of three off-days left for the Sox. The team resumes play Tuesday evening in Kansas City, to face the cellar-dwelling Royals. Deadline acquisition Jose Contreras makes his Sox debut against Mike Wood. Game time is 7:10 PM Central and will be aired on Fox Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update:
The Sox cannot steal bases. Willie Harris, Juan Uribe, and Ross Gload all nailed by Inge in today's win. When you're not hitting, you cannot run into outs on the basepaths.

submitted by doublem23.

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Ben Davis

Went 2-4, scoring a pair of runs and driving a 3-run homer in the 2nd to give Garcia and the Sox a lead they would not relinquish.

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