Short Take: Did Jon just lose his
After watching this mess of a baseball game, Sox Fans could only ask
themselves one question: How did Jon Garland manage to get four
outs? The 20 year-old rookie was hit early and hard, chased in the
second inning, but not before the game was hopelessly out of hand. The
Sox never even came close in this one, losing to Texas 16-6. The Sox
have dropped 21 games with only 13 victories.
How'd we ever win thirteen?
Sure, the game started with an error charged to Jose Valentin,
making a rare start at shortstop. Did that rattle Garland? It
shouldn't have. Valentin himself got the runner out on the very next
play on a fielder's choice. So with one out and a runner on first,
Garland serves up his fat pitch, and then another, and then another after
that. The score was 5-0 before the Sox even got their first at-bats.
The second inning was no better, forcing Jerry Manuel to take the
ball from Garland with the bases loaded. Yeah, Garland was doubtlessly
pissed when reliever Kip Wells couldn't find the range, lost a couple
of close calls, and walked in two more runs charged to Garland. Of
course Wells also induced a double play to end the inning, which is more than
Jon Garland could ever have hoped to accomplish if he had been left in.
Kip Wells had an idea out there; Jon Garland was clueless.
Down 8-0, the rest of the game is a blur. The Sox managed a four-run
rally in the second inning, but failed to get more when Paul Konerko
flied out with runners on first and second base. Isn't this exactly
what Sox Fans have come to expect all season long from this team?
Jeff Liefer did well with the bat (2 for 4 with a sacrifice fly) and
Jose Valentin remained hot going 2 for 4 with yet another dinger. Ray
Durham's bat has returned to a slumber, and you really have to wonder what
Ray Ray is trying to do when he starts swinging with an upper cut.
Please Ray, one Sammy Sosa is enough for most Sox Fans.
Rubber game is Sunday and moms run the bases.
Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner
the shell-shocked Jon Garland, pitched 4.2 innings allowing just two
hits and no runs charged. The only Sox pitcher not to get
bombed, Wells preserved his perfect 0.00 ERA. Next stop starting
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