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Garcia Dominates Detroit

June 30, at Detroit

How many Grinders did KW use today:
"Crede, Everett and Dye come up with the hits to score some runs and Chris Widger lays down a nice sac bunt.  No one was more a grinder than Freddy, though.  Tears apart the meek Detroit offense, giving his bullpen a much needed day off."

Short Take:  Freddy Garcia makes the crappy Tigers look even more pathetic than usual, going the distance en route to 6-1 win and series sweep.

Less than 14 hours after their 13-inning game ended last night, the White Sox and Tigers were scheduled to do it one more time.  However, Mother Nature gaave everyone a little break, delaying the start of the matinee while the rain fell in Detroit.  When the division rivals finally did get underway, Sox starter Freddy Garcia made sure that neither his bullpen (who pitched over 6 innings last night) and the Tigers offense got plenty of rest and relaxation, as he allowed just 5 hits and a run over 9 innings in the Sox's 6-1 win and series sweep over the Tigers.

The Sox, however, didn't look awake for most of the first half of the game, either.  Through the first four innings of work, Tiger starter Mike Maroth allowed just a pair of baserunners, Tadahito Iguchi on a 1-out walk in the first and Aaron Rowand, who reached on a fielding error by shortstop Omar Infante.  Both were stranded at first.  Garcia, on the other hand, looked rusty early.  In the second, Alexis Gomez started the inning with a single.  Omar Infante then liftes a little pop up to short left field.  Starting shortstop Pablo Ozuna nearly made a nice grab, but in the backpedaling, twisting and turning, the ball bounced in and out of his mitt.  The play was ruled an error and Gomez cruised safely into third base.  Vance Wilson followed with a single to right field and the Tigers led 1-0 with two men on and no out.  It looked as if Freddy was about to be nipped by his sometimes characteristic early game jitters, but instead, the big righty settled down.  After Nook Logan sacrifice bunted Wilson and Infante to 2nd and 3rd respectively, Garcia caught Brandon Inge looking and got Placido Polanco to ground out to third base and was retired on a nice pick-up by Joe Crede.

Those would be the first three in a set of 14 straight Tigers (or should we call them Kittens?) to step to the plate and be mowed down by Garcia.  The streak was snapped in the bottom of the sixth when Craig Monroe singled to right field with two outs.  Meanwhile, the offense had finally awoke and gave Freddy all the support he'd need and more.  In the fifth, Jermaine Dye walked to lead off the inning.  He moved to second on a single by Aaron Rowand.  The pair moved another ninety feet on a sac bunt by Chris Widger and both came home to score on a big, 3-run blast by Joe Crede.  The Sox added two more an inning later.  After a 1-out single by Paul Konerko, Carl Everett took Maroth deep to extend the lead to 5-1.

The Sox added a sixth and final run in the 8th inning, facing Chris Spurling who came into relief Maroth.  Dye doubled home Timo Perez, who ran for Frank Thomas after the Big Hurt lead the frame off with a walk.   With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Rondell White made his way to third base when Omar Infante drilled an 0-2 fastball to left-center field.  Even up 5 runs with 2 down in the 9th, Aaron Rowand lays it on the line, making a beautiful diving grab to rob Detroit of a meaningless run.  In all, Garcia needed just 128 minutes and 96 pitches to dissect the Tigers.  He added 8 strikeouts while walking just 1 in the winning effort, his 8th of the year.

With the Twins' inactivity, the Sox push their division lead to 10 1/2 games, a cushion bigger than most division leaders hold over teams in 3rd, and sometimes 4th place.  The celebration, however, can't be long lived, as the Sox head West to the little House of Horrors, also commonly known as McAfee Coliseum in Oakland to take on the equally pathetic Oakland Atheltics.  However, considering the Sox recent history by the Bay, anything can (and probably will) happen.  Jose Contreras takes the hill for the Sox in game one, tomorrow night against uberprospect Rich Harden.  First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 Chicago time and the game will be televised over Comcast Sports Net.

Ozzieball Update: 
Story of the series, the Sox find the big hits when they need them, Detroit doesn't.  Needless to say, the Sox win, Detroit doesn't.

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