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"5th Starter" = Victory

April 15 v. Seattle

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Gritty performance by Garland for the win. Uribe drives in 4 runs while Rowand and Dye contribute with big hits. Kudos to Hermanson for shutting the door on another potentially disastrous comeback."

Short Take:Garland shines, retires first 19 Mariner hitters en route to his second victory of the year.

Jon Garland turned in a brilliant performance tonight, taking a perfect game into the 7th inning which helped spark the White Sox to a 6-4 win over the Mariners. Juan Uribe was the hitting star for the Sox, going 2 for 3 from the 9 hole with a home run and 4 RBI's to bolster the offense.

The Sox scored their first run of the ballgame in the second inning off the M's Joel Pineiro, who would suffer the loss in his season debut. Piniero walked the bases loaded with one out in the inning, allowing Uribe to hit a sacrifice fly to score Jermaine Dye with the game's first run. The Sox were unable to further capitalize on Piniero's generosity as Timo Perez, starting in place of the injured Scott Podsednik, would ground out to end the inning. The Sox tacked on two more in the home half of the 4th. With two outs, Joe Crede singled and scored on a two-run homer by Uribe to put the Sox up 3-0.

Garland was on cruise control, not allowing a Mariner to reach base in the first 6 innings. In the Sox half of the 6th, Dye would lead off with a home run to give the palehose a 4-0 lead. Aaron Rowand would follow with a triple over the head of Ichiro in rightfield. Ichiro misplayed the ball off the wall in right, and ex-Sox SS Wilson Valdez was unable to make a clean play on the cutoff throw allowing Rowand to slide into third base uncontested. With two outs and Rowand still on third, Uribe came to the rescue again. He singled to left to score Rowand and put the Sox up by a 5-0 margin. With the way Garland was throwing, this game was looking like a lock.

Not so fast.

The Mariners would finally get to Jon in the 7th. After retiring Ichiro for his 19th out in a row, ex-Sox farmhand Jeremy Reed worked the count full on Garland before drawing a walk to break up the perfect game bid. Adrian Beltre promptly ended the no-hitter with a single up the middle, and Raul Ibanez followed with another walk to load the bases. After Bret Boone singled to plate the first two Mariner runs, it looked as if the wheels were starting to come off and Garland would succumb to his now-infamous *big inning.* Instead, he was able to regain focus and got the next batter to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to get out of the inning with no further damage and a 5-2 lead intact.

In the 8th, the Sox would add an important insurance run. Rowand would get things going with a single. He advanced to second on an A.J. Pierzynski base hit, and would then steal third base. Joe Crede grounded into a fielder's choice, but Rowand was able to score on the play to make the score 6-2 White Sox going into the 9th. Luis Vizcaino, who worked a perfect 8th inning in relief of Garland, would start the 9th inning on the mound. After consecutive singles by Ichiro and Reed to start the inning, Vizcaino would strike out Beltre before being relieved by Damaso Marte. Marte was brought on to face the lefty Ibanez, and all Marte did was hit Ibanez in the arm to load the bases and bring the potential tying run to the plate. Shingo Takatsu would enter the game now, his first appearance since the debacle against Cleveland. He would face Boone, who singled to drive in two more runs to cut the lead in half. Winn was the next batter, and he drew a walk to load the bases up again, still only one out in the inning. Ozzie wasn't going to let Shingo implode this time. Dustin Hermanson would be called upon to save this one from disaster. First, he struck out Scott Spiezio for the second out of the inning. The next batter was pinch hitter Greg Dobbs. Hermanson got Dobbs to ground into a 6-4 fielder's choice, for the final out to preserve the win.

I know it's early, but with the win the Sox keep pace with the Twins and remain in a tie for first place with a (7-3) record. They will be looking to clinch another series win tomorrow when Mark Buehrle (1-1, 3.00) faces off against Ryan Franklin (1-0, 2.13). The game can be seen on WGN, gametime 1:05 pm CDT from U.S. Cellular Field.

Ozzieball Update:
Little things like sacrifice flies and stolen bases made the difference. Aggressive baserunning by Aaron Rowand is hopefully a sign of good things to come. The Sox failed to take advantage of a few nice scoring opportunities, but did enough to earn the win.

submitted by beckett21.

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