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Swan Song for a World Series hero?

Sept. 29 vs. Boston


Immunity:
Freddy Garcia
Exiled:
Manny Ramirez

Freddy, thanks for doing your job this year. As for Manny, he struck out looking with the bases loaded in the seventh. The experiment was worth a try. It didn't work. Let's move on.

Short Take: If this was Freddy Garcia's last start in a White Sox uniform, he left on a high note.

As the 2010 season winds toward its conclusion, many Sox fans are wondering whether these are the final days on the South Side for 2005 heroes and free-agents-to-be Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski. Well, the guy who pitched the clinching game of that World Series five years ago might be leaving us, too.

Freddy Garcia doesn't get the fanfare of Konerko or Pierzynski, but he has arguably been the Sox most consistent starting pitcher from start to finish this season.

And if Wednesday night was indeed Garcia's final start with the Sox, he made it a good one. The veteran right-hander tossed seven-plus solid innings in a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. Garcia, who improved to 12-6 on the season, allowed just two runs on four hits and walked nobody. Back in spring training, people were wondering whether that guy could still pitch. I'd say he can, wouldn't you?

The Sox got enough offense against Boston's Josh Beckett (6-6) to get Garcia the win. Pierzynski hit a solo home run into the Bullpen Bar in the fourth inning, and the Sox broke open a 1-1 game with three runs in the seventh. Omar Vizquel's RBI single put the Sox ahead for good. Alexei Ramirez also had an RBI single during the rally that put the South Siders ahead 4-1.

The Sox really should have scored more runs in this game. They had the bases loaded with one out in both the fifth and sixth innings and did not score. After putting the three runs on the board in the seventh, they had bases loaded with no outs and couldn't add any more.

In the eighth, the Sox had first and third with nobody out. Juan Pierre bounced into a double play. A run scored to make it 5-2, but it killed the rally.

No matter. The five runs the Sox did get were enough for Garcia and relievers J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton. Thornton retired all four men he faced to close the game and earn his eighth save of the season.

The Sox have now taken two of the first three in this four-game set and will try for a series win on Thursday night. It figures to be a tough game, since Boston will send Cy Young candidate Jon Lester (19-8, 2.96 ERA) to the mound. For the Sox, John Danks (14-11, 3.74 ERA) will look to add to his team-leading total of 14 wins. Game time is 7:10, and you can watch on WCIU.

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The Sox clinched second place in the AL Central tonight. Hey, at least we are better than Detroit!


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