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Kotsay Kills Kitties

August 5 at Detroit

The pitching staff except for Bobby Jenks
Bobby Jenks

Freddy Garcia had a pretty good outing, giving up only one run in 6.2 innings. Matt Thornton and JJ Putz both came in and didn't allow any runs to score. Bobby Jenks came in for the ninth and completely blew it. Sergio Santos came on and pitched the tenth and eleventh innings, picking up his first Major League win.

Short Take:   Sox beat Tigers in eleven after Jenks blows save

The White Sox finished up a four-game set against Detroit today, winning the last game 6-4 in eleven innings. Freddy Garcia had a great outing, but unfortunately the Sox needed extras to win the game.

The Sox led off the game with a milestone. Juan Pierre singled to left and promptly stole second base. It was Pierre's forty-first stolen base of the season, but the milestone was that it was Pierre's 500th stolen base of the season. Unfortunately, Pierre tried to steal third during the same Omar Vizquel at-bat and was caught stealing.

Garcia got into a little bit of trouble in the first. With one out, he allowed a single to Will Rhymes before getting Johnny Damon to fly out. However, he walked Miguel Cabrera and gave up a single to Brennan Boesch to load the bases. Luckily Jhonny Peralta flew out to end the threat.

The Sox threatened a little in the second with back-to-back singles from Carlos Quentin and Mark Kotsay but ended the inning without scoring any runs. The Tigers threatened again in the bottom of the inning when Garcia gave up back-to-back walks to Gerald Laird, who stole second, and Austin Jackson.

Runs were scored in the fifth inning, as the Sox took a 2-0 lead. Tigers starter Max Scherzer led off the inning by walking Alexei Ramirez. Ramon Castro followed that with a double, moving Ramirez to third. During Gordon Beckham's at- bat, Scherzer threw a wild pitch, allowing Ramirez to score and moving Castro to third. After Beckham struck out, Pierre singled to center, scoring Castro. In the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers finally got on the board after Don Kelly homered to lead off the inning. After striking out Laird and Jackson, Ozzie pulled Garcia in favor of Matt Thornton, who got pinch hitter Ryan Raburn to ground out.

The Sox scored again in the ninth. Paul Konerko led off by singling to right. Brent Lillibridge came in to pinch run. After Quentin flied out to right, Kotsay homered to right, giving the Sox a 4-1 lead. Bobby Jenks came on for the save, and it looked like an easy win for the Sox. Jenks struck out Brandon Inge but gave up a single to Kelly. Ramon Santiago came on to pinch hit for Laird, and Jenks hit him with a pitch. However, Jackson struck out looking, and a Sox victory was one out away. Unfortunately Jenks blew the save when he faced Raburn who homered to left, tying the game at four.

Jose Valverde pitched the tenth and eleventh innings for the Tigers, and Sergio Santos pitched the tenth and eleventh for the Sox. Both pitchers had a 1-2-3 tenth inning, but the Sox scored runs in the top of the eleventh. After Alex Rios struck out, Lillibridge singled to left. Andruw Jones singled to left immediately after, and Kotsay batted them both in by hitting a triple to center. Santos allowed a single to Alex Avila with two outs and walked Jackson immediately after. Raburn was up again to potentially tie or win the game with two outs. Luckily Santos was able to get out of the jam with a victory. It was Santos's first Major League decision, and happily it was a win.

The Sox head to Baltimore to face the Orioles this weekend. John Danks takes to the mound in search of his twelfth victory. He faces Brad Bergesen who is looking for his fourth victory. You can catch the game at 6:05 on Comcast SportsNet.

TBGR Diary:
 I'm one of those people who hasn't been excited to see Mark Kotsay in the lineup on a regular basis. However, he did great today, and I'm glad. Also congrats to Juan Pierre on stealing his 500th base. And Bobby Jenks, I have no words to describe the level of frustration I felt when I got my ESPN scoring alert text message for that Raburn home run in the bottom of the ninth.

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