The Best Team in Baseball, the Chicago White Sox, dropped a rare one last night to Kansas City, which they had royally flushed the previous 10 games. Today is the rubber match from uncharacteristically cool Kansas City, where it's a lovely 70-something degrees with no rain on the radar.
Jon Garland guns for a major-league leading 16th victory, while pear-shaped right-hander Runelvys Hernandez looks to win his fourth straight start. That could be a tall order, considering he's 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts this season against the South Siders.
The ESPN telecast of this game is blacked out, so we're going with Hawk and DJ all day. I love DJ's intro of Hawk that leads all the way up to the first pitch. It's reminiscent of James Brown's--when his band comes on for a few numbers and then the sax player lists the Godfather of Soul's hits and accomplishments before he hits the stage right on the first note of "Ain't It Funky Now." Or not.
Scott Podsednik, as he usually does, leads it off for the Sox and he grounds out to second. Tadahito Iguchi lofts one to right where a running Emil Brown makes the catch going backwards. Aaron Rowand swings at the first pitch and grounds out to short.
Couple of questions from the message board: Neil, Shingo was designated 10 days ago today, or last Monday, so I'm sure there will be an announcement soon of what the Sox will do with the frisbee-throwing reliever. Kevin, this season Garland is 4-2 with a 3.98 ERA in the day compared to 11-2, 2.84 at night.
Garland starts with David DeJesus and he pops out to Crede, who had to fight the sun just a bit. Terrence Long bounces one to Iguchi, who plays it off his body but has plenty of time to get the runner. Mike Sweeney dribbles one to the right side that Iguchi handles and that's it for a quiet first.
Was anyone else watching ESPN before this game? Huge PBA skills challenge, yet another event I didn't know existed. One guy bowled four balls at once, another nailed a strike through the legs of three plastic lawn chairs set up in the lane. I imagine a lot of Miller High Lifes, which stunningly was the sponsor of the event, were downed coming up with those tricks. And like the NBA slam dunk contest, you shouldn't be able to use lawn chairs. Standing ashtrays maybe, but when's the last time you saw a lawn chair in a bowling alley?
Hernandez drops in a back-door curve on Carl Everett for a called third strike. Everett didn't like it and neither did Ozzie Guillen, who's out having a conversation with home-plate ump Tim Timmons. Everett comes back out and yells at Timmons before Joey Cora has to drag him back to the dugout. Everett thought it was outside and was tossed as he walked back to the dugout the first time. He was run apparently for waving his hand a bit, meaning he thought it was outside. He didn't like the second strike either. Ticky-tack call there. Jermaine Dye strikes out swinging. I'm not sure I've seen a guy get tossed for anything like that. Ross Gload draws a two-out walk. Crede pops out to short.
About Everett, yes, he was waving his hand about a previous strike in the at-bat. Matt Stairs, who you get the feeling if there weren't such a thing as the Kansas City Royals, would be out of baseball, hits one up the middle where Juan Uribe makes a nice sliding stop and has all day to get the Battleship Stairs. Emil Brown slaps a single the other way through the hole for the game's first hit. I didn't realize we had so many bowlers reading today. Anyway, they haven't announced who the new DH is. If they did, I missed it and apologize. But we'll know soon enough. Moneyballer Mark Teahen flies out to Podsednik in left. Angel Berroa lines out to Iguchi to end the inning.
Chris Widger leads off the Sox's third. Widger flies out to Brown in right. Uribe strikes out swinging. Podsednik ends a quick top of the inning with a chopper to third.
DeJesus flies out to Rowand in center. Garland jams Long who lifts one of the weakest pop flies in the history of baseball right back to Garland. The rest of the infielders didn't even move. Sweeney hits a sinking liner to right and Dye makes a nice diving catch to end the inning. This game's rolling along and Mark Buehrle isn't even pitching.
This game is scoreless, in case you're just joining us or not paying attention. Or both.
Iguchi, Iggy, the Goocher, the Gooch, the guy needs a nickname, flies out to right. Rowand hits one deep to left, Hawk implores it to "Stretch!", but that ball hits off the top of the wall or something out there and it's a double. Just missed a homer. Comcast has no good replay. OK, hard-hitting Timo Perez is the new DH. Perez lines one to right and Brown robs him with a diving catch similar to Dye's that ended the third. Dye pops to short and Rowand is stranded at second. Maybe the Coast Guard will come by and pick him up.
From the Cubicle
Live play-by-play of today's game from a guy stuck at his desk in the Tribune Tower basement.
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