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Sox Find A Pot of Gload!

August 12th vs Kansas City

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

"After some early morning rehab, Maggs roots on the team to victory in the afternoon, then gets ready to watch some preseason Bears football in the evening."

Short Take:  1st inning runs for each team, but Freddy shuts down the Royals and Gload provides the winning run.

Inconsistent. It’s probably the single best descriptor of the White Sox offense in recent weeks. The Sox came out scoring early on in the week. In the first game of the series versus the Royals, the Sox beat up on the Royals and highly touted starter Zack Greinke to the tune of 9 runs. Yet in the second game against starter Darrell May, the Sox managed only 2 runs. So what would Thursday’s getaway matinee bring? The Sox sent Freddy Garcia to the mound, but had the task of facing Jimmy Cerrano, a pitcher they had never seen before. Unfortunately, the Sox offense struggled to hit Cerrano, accumulating only 4 hits over the 6 innings they saw of him. But thankfully, they made the most of those 4 hits to pull out a 3-2 win.

The top of the 1st inning started bad. The leadoff man reached on an infield single. The next batter, Smilin’ Joe Randa, doubled down the left field line to plate a run. Another Sox killer, Mike Sweeney, followed up with a single to score Randa. Before there was an out recorded, the Royals had a 2-0 lead with a runner on 1st base. However, Freddy Garcia quickly settled down. He recorded the first out on a fielder’s choice before getting out of the inning on an Aaron Guiel double play ball. Down two runs early, the Sox offense had to find a way to get to Cerrano. They managed to do just that in the bottom of the 1st inning.

The Sox lineup, stacked with lefties, took advantage of those lefties early. Roberto Alomar singled with 1 out in the bottom of the 1st inning. Two batters later, Carl Everett believed that he saw a pitch to his liking. Sure enough, it was to his liking and he crushed the ball for a 2-run HR to right field. Each pitcher settled down after the 1st inning. Aside from the two 1st innings hits, the Sox recorded only 3 hits in the next 7 innings. Meanwhile Freddy Garcia shut down the Royals offense after the 1st inning scare. Garcia pitched 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and no walks, while striking out 7. Garcia left with a lead thanks to Ross Gload. Gload got the start in place of Paul Konerko who had the day off. Gload had 2 of the Sox 5 hits, including a big solo home run in the 4th inning which proved to be the difference in the game.

The game did not go without a few delays because of the weather. Garcia left after 6 innings because of a long rain delay which prevented him from going back out to pitch. Between the 6th and 7th innings, the game was delayed by rain for an hour and 23 minutes. When play resumed, Damaso Marte came on to pitch for the Sox and pitched a scoreless 7th inning. Cliff Politte took over in the 8th and did not allow a run to score. When the Sox came to bat in the bottom of the 8th, there was a second rain delay. This delay lasted 57 minutes before play resumed. The Sox were retired in order in the 8th inning before making way for Shingo. Shingo retired the first two batters on a strike out and ground out, respectively. He walked the next batter before getting a ground out to end the game and secure the White Sox 3-2 win!

The Sox will head to Boston to begin a big 3 game weekend series. Jose Contreras will face the Red Sox in the first game of the series. Contreras’ struggles against the Red Sox have been well noted, but now he’s pitching in a new uniform in a less pressure packed game. Hopefully that means much better results. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will take the mound for the other Sox.

Ozzieball Update:
 Ozzie stacks the lineup with lefties and switch hitters. Only two right handed hitters started, while Paul Konerko gets the day off. It may not have led to an offensive outburst, but it resulted in a win.

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