Thursday, August 24, 2006

Showdown Series The Third, Stanza 4

White Sox 10, Tigers 0.

SOX STANDINGS: 75-52, .5 Ahead in the Wild Card, 5.5 Back in the Central. Magic # for the Playoffs: 36.

Now that's what I call momentum.

The Sox pick up another brilliant start from Jon Garland, who's not only matching his first half of 2005 during this run, but exceeding it because his best starts have come at a time when his team needs them the most. Last Saturday it was Garland who got thrown into the fire against Minnesota's hottest starter to try to stem talk of an easy sweep; today he needed to come up with a great start to help the Sox salvage the split. Mission accomplished on both fronts.

The Sox offense rediscovered the art of clutch hitting during the last two days also, with Jermaine Dye the biggest hero. He finished the series with 3 HR and 6 RBI in the final two games. This could wind up being akin to what Minnesota did to the Sox in 2003 - drop the first two of a key four-game set, then take the second two to break even and then take off from there. We'll just have to wait and see...

TOMORROW -- Sox Vs. Twins. Radke vs. Vazquez. 7:35 CT.

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