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Staying in Control

May 12 v. Baltimore


How many Grinders did KW use today:
5
"Another masterful performance by Garland. Pierzynski and Uribe went deep, Rowand and Iguchi manufactured the game winning run."

Short Take:Garland ups his record to 7-0 as Sox take series opener from Orioles.

There was excitement in the air at US Cellular Field tonight as the two teams with the best records in all of baseball faced off in the first of a four game series. Jon Garland was brilliant, holding the Sammy Sosa-less Orioles potent offense to 2 runs in 8 innings. He didn't allow a hit until the 4th inning, and faced the minimum until Rafael Palmeiro hit a solo home run off him with one out in the top of the 5th.

The Sox got on the board first, naturally, thanks to AJ Pierzynski. Pierzynski homered off Oriole starter Bruce Chen in the bottom of the second, a solo shot to put the Sox on the board. The Sox, who have now lead in all 35 of their games to start the year, added to their lead in the bottom of the third off of Chen. Juan Uribe led off the inning with a home run, his 4th of the season. Still in the third, Tadahito Iguchi stroked a one-out single and scored on a double by Aaron Rowand to put the Sox up 3-0. The Sox wouldn't score again, but it didn't matter with Garland on the mound.

Garland got out of a little trouble in the 6th inning. With two men on and only one out, he got David Newhan to strike out swinging and then retired the dangerous Melvin Mora on a popout to end the inning. Mora would get the better of Garland in the 8th, driving in Brian Roberts for the Orioles second run. In the previous at-bat, with men on 1st and 3rd, Newhan grounded into a fielder's choice to Garland. Garland faked a throw to second base and instead threw home to get rookie Jeff Fiorentino, who was trying to score from third. Fiorentino didn't even have a chance to get in a rundown because he slipped turning back towards third base and was easliy tagged out by Pierzynski.

With runners again on the corners and two outs, Garland and the Sox clung to a one-run lead with Oriole slugger Miguel Tejada at the plate. Garland, apparently unfazed by the situation, loaded the count up before finally getting Tejada to strike out to end the inning. Garland showed tremendous poise, and looked to be in command of the game all night long.

The Sox went into the 9th ahead 3-2, looking for insurance. Iguchi hit a two-out triple to the rightfield corner, but this time Rowand couldn't bring him home. Rowand grounded out to third base to end the inning, and then it was Dustin Hermanson time. Hermanson came on in the 9th and pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning for his 7th save of the year. Hermanson has yet to allow an earned run this season. With the win, the Sox raise their record to a gaudy 26-9 on the season, best in baseball and good for a 5-game lead over second place Minnesota in the AL Central. They will look to improve further on their record tomorrow as Mark Buehrle (5-1, 3.78) goes against Rodrigo Lopez (2-1, 4.46). First pitch tomorrow at US Cellular Field is 7:05 pm CDT.

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Ozzieball Update:
Scott Podsednik doubles his caught stealing total tonight, getting picked off twice. Didn't matter.


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