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Bad in Every Way

August 19, vs. Detroit

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"Couldn't bear to watch any more of this one after the 4th inning, decided to watch paint dry instead."

Short Take: Bad pitching, offense, and defense all contribute to 8-4 loss to Detroit.

Sox fans have become painfully aware of Jon Garland’s two separate personalities. There is Good Jon, who mows down opponents at ease with a wicked sinker and overall good command. And then there is Bad Jon, who hangs breaking balls over the plate and couldn’t hit one of the giant billboards on the concourse if he was ten feet away.

On Thursday, Bad Jon showed up. In a big way. Garland was slammed by the Detroit Tigers in the rubber game of the series, allowing 6 hits, and 7 runs, although only three were earned, a pair of walks, and a strikeout as the Tigers rolled over the lifeless Sox, 8-4.

Things went from bad to worse in the third. Already down 2 and having run into outs on the base paths, it was looking like one of those nights Jon couldn’t allow more than a handful of runs if he expected to win. After two singles lead off the inning, an error by Paul Konerko opened the floodgates. Though he induced the ground ball from Dmitri Young, only the out at second was made, and a run scored. A Carlos Pena double and homer by Bobby Higginson (his second of the night) and the score was 7-0 and Big Jon got the hook. Though he may have been failed by his defense, he again lacked the instinct, fortitude, guts… Call it what you like, but with the game on the line; Jon just couldn’t make the pitches he needed to, for his own survival, but for his team as well.

The Sox made a minor comeback attempt in the 6th. Now down 8-0, Carlos Lee led off the inning with a single and was bumped to third on a double by Paul Konerko. Carl Everett’s ground out to short pushed across the first Sox run of the evening, and a home run by Juan Uribe pulled the Pale Hose within 5. Unfortunately, the vaunted Sox O again was reduced to nothing more than a few hits here and some runs there. Ben Davis homered in the ninth, to tally the final run of the game, but it was way too little, way too late. Sox lose, 8-4.

If there is any ray of light to another depressing loss to Detroit, it was the fantastic work of the bullpen. They came in to mop up the mess left by Jon and the trio of Jon Adkins, Felix Diaz, and Shingo Takatsu. Diaz looked especially good. The young prospect who had been miserable in previous MLB experience pitched 4 solid innings, allowing a run and two hits in his time.

Luckily, the Bronx Bombers walloped the Twins in Minnesota, meaning the Sox remain 5 games back of the Twins for the division lead. However, the do drop half a game on idle Cleveland, and thus are two games back of the Tribe for 2nd place in the division.

There’s little time to ponder over what might have been, as the Sox gear up to take on one of the American League’s best as the Boston Red Sox visit the South Side for three games starting tomorrow. Mark Buehrle goes against Curt Schilling at the Cell Friday. Game time is 7:05 PM CDT and the game will be aired fuzzily on WCIU.

Ozzieball Update:
Can't really blame the offense wholly for this one, nothing was going right. Still the Sox didn't help themselves out by scoring 4 runs against the dynamic Detroit duo of Wilfredo Ledezma and Gary Knotts.

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