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A Late Night Bullpen Letdown

September 10th at Anaheim


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

"It's Round 3 in Magglio vs. Hurricanes. He continues to prepare for Hurricane Ivan while anticipating Week 1 of the NFL. Maggs likes the Bears to win this weekend."

Short Take:† Garland pitches well, but the bullpen blows the game.

The West Coast. Itís been a nightmare for the White Sox and White Sox fans over the past few years. Thatís fitting as with the late start times, many Sox fans have chosen to sleep through the games and not stay up to watch West Coast games over these past few years. And really who can blame them? With the way the Sox have played on the West Coast recently, the Sox chances in Fridayís game looked grim. Jon Garland was facing a team he has not fared well against over the past few years. But while many Sox fans may have been getting their nightly 8 hours while this game went on, Garland quietly had a good outing, by his standards at least. Garland threw 6 and 1/3 innings of 2 run baseball, but would not factor into the decision once the bullpen came into play. The pen allowed the Angels to pull out the win as the Sox went down by a final of 7-5.

While Garland was still somewhat inconsistent in this game, the final result was what mattered. Garland did walk 4 hitters and allow 5 hits, but he left the game with 1 out in the 7th inning leading 2-1. A few of the Sox reserves got the start today and they paid off both early and late. Ross Gload got things started with a leadoff double in the 2nd inning. Two batters late Timo Perez drove him in and the Sox spotted Garland the first lead. In the 3rd inning Aaron Rowand started the Sox scoring opportunity with his own double, this one coming with 1 out. After advancing to 3rd on a wild pitch, Rowand scored when the Angels couldnít record an out on a fly ball in shallow right, coming off the bat of Carlos Lee. Lee was thrown out at 2nd trying to stretch a double but he did bring the run in. In the 3rd inning, one of Garlandís walks cost him. With 1 out Garland walked Darin Erstad. A single by Vlad Guerrero advanced Erstad to 3rd. He scored on a fielderís choice off the next batter, Garret Anderson. The scoring stopped there until the 7th inning when everything broke open.

In the 7th inning Garland walked the leadoff man. After the runner was sacrificed to 2nd, Garland was pulled for Neal Cotts. Cotts walked the first man he saw before allowing a game-tying single. Jon Adkins took over from there and allowed a 3-run blast to the 1st man he saw, Vlad Guerrero. But the Sox showed some resilience. Facing the tough Francisco Rodriguez, the Sox managed to come back. Lee reached base on an error to start the 8th inning. A Paul Konerko single and a Ross Gload ground rule double plated one run. The next batter, Timo Perez, once again came through with a big hit with runners in scoring position. His single to left scored Konerko and Gload to tie the game. But the bullpen couldnít keep the tie. In the Angels 8th inning, a leadoff single and a sacrifice left the go-ahead run on 2nd base. Damaso Marte took over for Jeff Bajenaru and forced a ground out for the 2nd out. With 1st base open, the Sox intentionally put Guerrero on. With Eckstein on 3rd, Vlad stole 2nd base uncontested. Garret Anderson took a good pitch and hit it just over the reach of 3rd baseman Joe Crede. Crede jumped to try to make the catch, but it hit off his glove and 2 runs scored. The Sox couldnít manage any runs in the 9th inning as Troy Percival closed out the Sox 7-5 loss.

Jason Grilli goes for the Sox in game 2 of this series. He will face off against Aaron Sele in another 9:05 CDT game.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
†Ross Gload starts at DH and Timo Perez gets the call in right field. Both players come up with big, late inning hits for Ozzie.


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