Friday, May 13, 2005

26-9: Judy in Disguise

Jon Garland whipped the Orioles 3-2 on Thursday on WGN. Pierzynski and Uribe hit solo shots and Aaron Rowand doubled in Iguchi as the Sox built a 3-0 lead, then Garland hung on for eight innings, letting the Orioles have two back but slamming the door with a clutch strikeout of Miggy Tejada in the eighth. Hermandson worked a clean ninth for the save.

A couple of other notes:
  • Podsednik was "caught stealing" twice by Bruce Chen, courtesy of ump Sam Holbrook ignoring his not-close balk move. Balk Boy pitched a nice game, but you have to account for his escaping two innings cheaply as a result.
  • Crede is really hitting the ball well, last night he smacked one that B. J. Surhoff made a circus catch on.
  • Garland made one of the most interesting defensive plays I've ever seen. With runners at the corners, one out, a chopper he spears. Seeing the runner nearing second and he couldn't made a DP. Garland flips the ball to AJP to tag out a flabbergasted Fiorentino coming down the line from third. So much for Garland being stupid, that was just SmartBall.

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