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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Garcia

September 14, at Minnesota


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
Spring 2005
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
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"Spent the day at the studio, filming the next of his series of Chevy truck commercials."

Short Take: Garcia great through 5, melts down in 6th as Sox drop Game 1 to Twins in ugly, ugly fashion.

When the schedules were released last winter, Sox fans everywhere circled this series as one of the most important of the 2004 campaign. Instead of the heated battle for the Central division crown that everyone hoped for, the Sox limped into the Metrodome, 10½ games behind the Twins with only 20 to play and, for all intensive purposes out of the race.

The game featured two of the premier pitchers in the American League. For the Sox, Freddy Garcia took the hill, featuring one of the best ERAs in the league. He was opposed by Johan Santana, who had not lost any of his ten decisions in the second half. And for the first 5 innings, Tuesday night’s game looked like the promised pitcher’s duel as Garcia and Santana stymied the opposing offensives, however, when it was all said and done, it was the Twins who bested the Sox in ugly fashion, 10-2.

Tonight’s game was truly the story of two halves. After 5, Freddy Garcia had a no-hitter going, keeping the Twins off-balance. Though he allowed two walks and hit a batter, he had not struggled with keeping the Twins no further than first. Meanwhile, the Sox fared little better. After Willie Harris, Aaron Rowand, and Juan Uribe went down 1-2-3 in the top of the 6th they had only managed 2 hits.

And then the meltdown commenced.

Garcia’s wildness finally caught up with him. After walking Augie Ojeda and Henry Blanco to lead off the inning, Shannon Stewart sacrificed the pair an extra 90 feet. Jacque Jones singled to break up the no-hitter and shut-out. Torii Hunter then doubled to score Blanco. Justin Morneau was then intentionally walked to load the bases for Lew Ford, who singled to score Jones and Hunter. That was it for Garcia, who was pulled in favor of Neal Cotts. He fared little better, Cristian Guzman grounded to second, but an error by Willie Harris kept things alive and scored Morneau. Jon Adkins then came in to pitch. Before he could get through the first batter, a throwing error by Ben Davis scored Ford as Guzman stole second. There were some more runs, but by now you get the picture. The Sox entered the 6th in a pitcher’s duel and left in a blow-out. All in all, 9 Twins crossed the plate in the inning.

The Twins scored one more before the Sox finally scored a pair, but it was to no avail. Ding dong, the Sox are dead. After looking comatose for most of the second half, it was no surprise to see them lie down and die to the division front-runner.

The loss drops the Twins’ magic number to 8, and the way this game panned out, it probably won’t even take that long. The Sox and Twins hook up again tomorrow in the Hump dome as Mark Buehrle goes for the Sox against Carlos Silva. Game time is 7:10 PM and will be aired on Fox Sports Net.

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Another crappy effort. How much longer do we have to watch this?


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