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Freddy Looks Fine

September 8th at Texas


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Spring 2005
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
0

"Maggs watches Freddy's return while paying attention to the path of Hurricane Ivan."

Short Take:  Everything looks good in Freddy's first start in over 2 weeks.

Wednesday’s game was a big one for the Sox and Sox fans. Yes, the season is pretty much over but there was an important storyline behind this game. That is, the health of Freddy Garcia. Freddy hadn’t pitched since August 22nd, being scratched from his potential starts since then with a sore forearm. With this season almost over, Sox fans have started to look toward the makeup of next years team. There are few parts as crucial to next years success as Freddy Garcia. So it was important to see how Freddy fared in his first start in two weeks. Judging by his first start, everything is fine.

Freddy looked terrific in his first start back. He threw the ball well for 5 solid innings as he was on a pitch count for the night. In his 88 pitches, he allowed 3 hits and 2 walks, though he struck out 8 and had hitters off balance all night. The outing started off pretty well for Garcia. In the 1st inning, after walking Hank Blalock with 1 out Freddy struck out the next two hitters for his first two K’s. He followed with two more K’s in the 2nd inning, allowing one hit between the strike outs. The 3rd inning was the toughest inning for Freddy. He led off the inning with a strike out of Rod Barajas before walking Hank Blalock for the 2nd time with 2 outs in the inning. After catcher Ben Davis went down for a few minutes after getting hit with a foul ball, Blalock took advantage and stole 2nd base on the next pitch. The very next pitch was hit for a triple by Alfonso Soriano. That was the only run Freddy would allow though. For a while it looked like that one run might cost him the game. But in the 5th inning, Ben Davis hit a solo blast near the right field foul pole. With the game tied, the question was would Garcia be around long enough to get a win.

As it turned out, Freddy pitched just long enough to qualify for the win. Meanwhile, the Sox offense turned it on just in time to get Freddy the runs he needed. After a quick 1-2-3 bottom half of the 5th inning, the Sox offense went to work. Willie Harris and Aaron Rowand each singled to lead off the inning. Carlos Lee followed with his own single, this plating one run. After a fly out, Carl Everett reached base on an error. That allowed a second run to score though after Everett stole second, he had to leave the game for a pinch runner - Joe Borchard. Two batters later, Timo Perez doubled to score 2 runs and put the Sox up 5-1. Neal Cotts entered the game and pitched well though he did give up a solo home run to Kevin Mench. Jon Adkins and Damaso Marte combined for an inning and a third of scoreless baseball before handing the ball to Shingo with 2 outs in the 8th and a runner on. Shingo struck out Brian Jordan before saving the game with a 1-2-3 9th inning for the 5-2 Sox win.

The Sox finish up this 4 game set against the Rangers tomorrow night at 7:05 CDT. Mark Buehrle pitches for the Sox against Chris Young of the Rangers.

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 A blast ties the game before a little smallball gives the Sox the lead.


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