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Getting the Job Done

April 9 at Minnesota

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Home runs by Everett, Perez and Konerko along with RBI's from Podsednik and Uribe put the game out of reach."

Short Take:Sox squander early lead, come back strong with convincing 8-5 victory on the road against reigning Division Champs.

Jon Garland scattered 10 hits over 6 full innings, allowing only a three run home run to Shannon Stewart, in earning the victory this evening in Minnesota. Pick to click Carl Everett anchored the offense for the second game in a row, getting the Sox on the board with a two-run homer in the first inning off loser Brad Radke. Everett added another RBI in the top of the third, a sacrifice fly to bring home Scott Podsednik which put the Sox in front 3-0 at the time.

Garland kept the Twins off the board until the 5th inning. Sox killer Lew Ford led off the inning with a single, followed by an infield single by Michael Cuddyer. After Nick Punto hit into a fielder's choice, Stewart delivered his 3-run blast to erase the Sox lead and tie the game at 3. The Sox would go quietly in their half of the 6th, and Garland would work his way out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom half of the frame in what would be the turning point of this contest. Matt LeCroy would single to start the Twins off, and Torii Hunter doubled him to third. With one out, Ford would deliver an infield single to load the bases with one out. It looked for a moment as if Joe Crede had a play on LeCroy at third, but LeCroy got back to the bag in time and Ford easily beat the throw to first. Bases loaded, one out, and momentum seemed to be shifting the Twins way in this one. But Garland hung tough and got Cuddyer to ground to Crede, who this time was able to start a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.

With the score still deadlocked at 3, Radke seemed to be back in control for the Twins. He retired 11 straight Sox batters going into the 7th inning, when Timo Perez came to the plate. Perez ripped a 1-2 pitch into the upper deck in right, putting the Sox back on top 4-3 for a lead they would not relinquish. That started off a crazy 4-run inning which included an RBI single by Juan Uribe and an RBI and a run scored by Scott Podsednik. With men at the corners and two runs already across in the inning, Podsednik grounded into a fielder's choice which scored Crede from third to make the score 6-3 Sox. Podsednik apparently got into the head of Twin reliever JC Romero, who promptly made an errant pickoff attempt sending Podsednik all the way to third on the throwing error. Podsednik then scored on a passed ball by phenom Joe Mauer, giving the Sox a 7-3 cushion. Damaso Marte would start the 7th in relief of Garland, who would earn his first win of the season. Marte kept the Twins off the board in the 7th, and Paul Konerko would add to the lead with a solo home run in the 8th inning off Terry "I can't believe he is still in the Majors" Mulholland. Marte would get touched up for a run in the bottom of the 8th, a leadoff home run for Hunter to cut the Sox lead to 8-4. Cliff Politte would get the last two outs in the 8th and the first two outs of the 9th before rookie Jason Bartlett doubled and scored on a single by Mauer which was just out of Konerko's reach. Konerko got a glove on the ball but deflected it into the outfield, allowing Bartlett to score from second on the infield single. All that run did was set the stage for Shingo Takatsu to come in and vulture his second save of the season by recording the last out of the game to preserve the 8-5 win.

The Sox will try to finish off the sweep tomorrow night under the bright lights of the ESPN Sunday night game of the week. It looks to be a classic pitching matchup, with Mark Buehrle (1-0, 0.00) taking the mound for the good guys against defending AL Cy Young award winner Johan Santana (1-0, 7.20). Buehrle is coming off his dominant Opening Day performance in which he threw 8 shutout innings against Cleveland. Gametime is 7:05 pm CDT on ESPN.

Ozzieball Update:
The home runs helped just a little, but the Sox strung three singles together in the 7th to manufacture a run. The speed threat also came into play, with Podsednik advancing to third on a two-base throwing error off of a pickoff attempt and scoring on a passed ball.

submitted by beckett21.

Sox Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner

Carl Everett

Gets the honors for the second night in a row thanks to a two-run homer and RBI sacrifice fly to stake the Sox to an early 3-0 lead.

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