Game Two with the Rays

Jenks_4Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 5:36 pm

Tonight’s Lineup

Pods, LF; Iguchi, 2B; Dye, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Crede, 3B; Uribe, SS; BA, CF.  Jon Garland on the mound.

Jim Thome returns in the fourth hole.  This is the first time this season he has hit anywhere other than third.  He becomes the fourth Sox player — joining Konerko and Dye — to hit fourth.

Random Thoughts

While it took awhile, last night’s 12-9 victory in the series opener was worth it …

Ballpark prognosticators were guessing the Sox need to go 19-12 over the final 31 games to make the playoffs …

Sure nice to take the field tonight knowing the Tigers already dropped one today …

See, we tried to tell people Mark Redman was an All-Star …

What a difference it makes having Scott Podsednik and Tad Iguchi on base …

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Hard Gar

Jon Garland is coming off his fifth career shutout, a six-hitter at Detroit last Thursday (doesn’t that seem like a very long time ago) … Garland is 11-1 with a 2.87 ERA in his last 13 starts dating to 6/13 … his 15 victories in 2006 are tied for second in the majors, while his 33 wins since the start of the 2005 season are tied with St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter for the major-league lead … Garland is 7-1 with a 2.73 ERA in eight starts since the ASB … his seven wins over that time lead MLB.

A Bit Surprising

The Sox rank fifth in the AL with 65 quality starts (that’s the surprising part), going 57-8 this season in those games (amazing percentage) and 20-46 otherwise … when a starting pitcher goes 7.0 IP or more, we are 39-16 … we are 38-38 when going less than 7.0 IP.

Comparisons

We are three games behind last year’s pace … 77-54 compared to 80-51.

Guns of August

With 29 RBI, Jermaine Dye leads the AL in RBI during August.

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12 Comments

It was great to see the Yankees shut-out the reeling Tigers in this afternoon’s make-up game. Hopefully, The Bronx Bombers can capture tonight’s game as well which coupled with a White Sox victory would move the Sox within 3 1/2 games of Detroit.

It’s about time and not surprising that these upstart Tigers are finally hitting the wall and buckling under the pressure of the critical regular season home stretch. Over the last 20 games, the Tigers are an abysmal 6-14. During this period, the Tigers are only averaging 3.3 runs per game and have repeatedly made errors at crucial points in key games.

Hark In Tucson

Part 2 To Follow

When you see that the sox are only 3 games off last years pace, it seems incredible, but gives much hope. There has been alot of bellyaching about how we are doing this year (myself included at times) but I guess it is a testamant to how well Detroit truly is?/was playing. It ain’t over till it’s over gang. It wouldn’t be any fun if we didn’t get ulcers or have something to complain about right?!! Go get em boys!

It is apparent that the Tigers lack of depth and collective inexperience are finally catching up with them.

Imagine if the Yankees can take care of business for the remaining 2 games of this series and send the Tigers home with feelings of doubt and frustration, the Angels will be perfectly positioned to (minimally) take 2 out of 3 at Comerica Park in front of the Tigers’ faithful this weekend.

At the same time, the White Sox need to take matters into their own hands by steamrolling over the last place Devil Rays and Royals over the next five games. If this script plays out… the Sox could very well be sitting somewhere between 1/2 and 2 1/2 games behind Detroit at the close of this holiday weekend.

Hark In Tucson

Yikes! A 3 run first surrendered by Jon Garland (of all starters). Thank godness Uribe made that sparkling diving snag on Witt’s blistering line shot up the middle or the damage could have been even worse.

Hopefully, the White Sox bats will be alive and productive tonight!

~Hark in Tucson

Peter Pan is looking solid so far 0-3 with 3 K’s. Way to get it done! Pablo anyone? Maybe Mackowiak?

Is there anyone else out there that thinks we should give Ross Gload a shot at leading off and playing left field? He’s got speed, a nice bat and he’s got to have as good an arm as Pods.

We need to do something with Pods, like let him watch the game from the bench. 6 people left on base, 0-5 with 4 Ks. That is miserable. Just hit a **** fly ball and drive a run home. Twice now (that i’ve seen, maybe more) he’s left a guy on 3rd with less than two outs. These are the runs we got home last year, and these are the runs that will make or break us.

Iguchi just tied the game up with a 2 run shot. That a boy Tad! This is a game we have to win. Besides that first inning i thought Jon pitched really well.

Anyone catch the end of the yanks/det night game? Stupid double header made Rivera unavailable and det capitalized.

Great, the Twins just lost. So all is not lost. And sitting just 4.5 back from Detroit is not a bad place to be. 3.5 would be sweeter, but we can’t get greedy.

Go champs!

Welcome back Jim Thome!

oh to be at the cell right now. i love games like this and i wish i could get back home to go again this year :(

lets finish em off guys!!!

cyndi

well, it took an eternity, BUT…. we won. ok/good game for Jon, real good after the first, and finally after sooooo many chances to get into the game Tads. comes through and then JD and Big Jim and the rest is history.. Go Sox, one more tomorrow. let’s try not to make it so DRAMATIC please? yea!yea! okay..

as far as pods goes, i think we should use Pablo more in left and bc had an interesting idea with Ross out there too. either one of them would have fared better (at least tonight), but hey, it didn’t matter in the long run.. manana mi amigos (tomorrow my friends). j.k. in the land of jelly beans and ferris wheels(happy times).

A Tale Of Two Cities

In The Big Apple: Down to their final out losing 3-2 at Yankee Stadium, the Tigers came roaring back tonight against the Yankees in the top of the 9th inning. With 2 outs and 2 runners on base, Craig Monroe hit a 3 run blast to give Detroit a 5-3 lead. Sadly, Mariano Rivera at this phase of his career can no longer close out back-to-back games. Scott “the protologist” Proctor had his pap smeared by Monroe (after giving up 2 walks in the 9th).

Too bad… this game was in the bag.

In Minneapolis…

Bonser was coasting along through 5 and then…

“Boof There It Is… Boof There It Is”

KC Beats Minnesota in the Twinkie Dome 4-3 for their 2nd straight victory. WS wild card lead increases to 1 12 games over the Twins

~Hark

Grinder Baseball tonight! After spotting The Devil Rays a 4-0 lead… Garland settled down and pitched a solid outing battling though an 8 inning start. Iguichi really came through for the Sox in the 8th… after the Sox stranded runners all night long. Come on boys… 12 men left on base isn’t going to cut it most of the time.

That Said… way to grind out this hard fought victory!

~Hark In Tucson

Starting To Come Down With A Serious Case Of Division Championship Fever

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