Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Showdown Series The Third, Stanza 3

White Sox 7, Tigers 5.

SOX STANDINGS: 74-52, .5 Ahead in the Wild Card, 6.5 Back in the Central. Magic # for the Playoffs: 37.

JOE!!! CREDE!!! JERMAINE!!! DYE!!! BOBBY!!! JENKS!!!

Pretty soon, everybody's gonna have their name turned in to an obnoxiously loud catchphrase uttered by one Hawk Harrelson.

But those three Pale Hosers certainly stand out as the heroes of tonight's much-needed win. Pretty game? Not when Freddy Garcia needed all of one inning to squander the lead after JD's 3-run homer in the first. Nor when Matt Thornton relieved in the sixth inning and surrended a 2-run double to Sean Casey to tighten the game at 6-5. However, here's what matters: was it a win? Hell yes.

The Sox have a big opportunity to re-establish some momentum with Jon Garland heading to bump for the series finale. In 2005, you'd absolutely love to be in this situation becuase you felt there was no way the starter wouldn't deliver. And despite Jonny Hollywood's recent hot streak, is anything a given with this Sox team?

NEXT GAME: 1:05 ET Thursday, Jon Garland vs. Nate Robertson.

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