Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Garland Stymies Tigers

Jon Garland came into tonight's game with a 8.00 ERA in his last 8 starts but tonight he held the Tigers to 1 run on 7 hits in 7 innings as the White Sox defeated the Tigers 3-1. The Tigers also could not do much against the Chicago bullpen as Ehren Wasserman and Bobby Jenks each pitched a scoreless inning to close it out. The only Tiger with multiple hits was Carlos Guillen who had a single and a double.

It was a mediocre performance by Jeremy Bonderman who once again struggled to control his fastball. He gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 5 1/3 innings. The two big blows were a solo homer by Josh Fields in the third and a 2 run shot by Alex Cintron in the 6th. Zach Miner took over and pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

The White Sox may be in last place in the AL Central but they have owned the Tigers this year. They have won 9 of 13 and have 5 game remaining. Hopefully, two returning players can help change the Tigers fortunes. Kenny Rogers starts tomorrow night and Gary Sheffield expects to return on Thursday.

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