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TWO SOX LONGBALLS DOOM DETROIT.....Chicago WSox 4, TIGERS 1, W 8/4/10
Posted on: 08-04-2010

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>>caption:   KONERKO (L) AND QUENTIN
(R) BOTH WENT DEEP IN THE SEATS<<

@ COMERICA PARK:

      The White Sox got a pair of LONG
BOMBS by their big sluggers and an
effective pitching performance by ex-
Tiger Edwin Jackson in his WSox debut
as Chicago topped the Tigers 4-1
Wednesday night.
      Detroit dropped below the .500-mark for the second time this season and in as
many days (53-54) to fall eight games behind the first place White Sox in the
AL-Central.
      Polar opposites in the division race, the WSox won for the 37th time in their
last 50 contests (.740%) and Detroit lost for the 17th time in their last 22 outings
(.227%). These two streaks have helped flip-flop the teams in the standings to
move Chicago from third to first and drop Detroit from the top spot to third
position with the Minnesota Twins in between.
      The Tigers were again amazingly ineffective with runners on base. All of
their 10 basehits were singles, the Tigs went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring
position and Detroit left 11 men on base.
      Jackson wasn't great, but kept Detroit at bay. At no time did one get the
feeling Jackson was in trouble as he went 7-plus-IP to scatter 9-H & 1-W with 6-K
for 1-R/1-ER. In his first start since being traded from Arizona to Chicago last
week, Jackson threw an impressive 69 strikes among his 95 pitches. Jackson
improved to 3-0 lifetime vs Detroit.
      About the best thing to be said about Galarraga's start for Detroit was that he
managed to pitch into the T-8th to save the Tiger bullpen. Behind in the count much
of the night, Galarraga grooved a pair of pitches for longballs while allowing 8-H & 5-W,
committing a balk and posting just 1-K to take the loss (3-4). All the WSox runs came
off Galarraga, who threw 117 pitches/68 strikes.         
      Juan Pierre opened the game with a single down the 3Base line past a
diving Brandon Inge (just off the DL from a broken left hand). Alex Rios
drew a 1-out walk to move Pierre into scoring position and that he did
when next batter Paul Konerko sent an RBI-1B down the LField line.
      Galarraga allowed 2-H & 3-W on 40 pitches/21 balls through the first
3-INN. Galarraga walked T-4th lead-off man Konerko, then served up a
"get me over" fastball on the first pitch to Carlos Quentin that Quentin
deposited 430-feet into the deep LField seats for a 2rHR (#21) to make it 3-0.   
      Galarraga got behind 2-0 to Konerko to start the T-6th and his third
pitch was whacked 405-feet down the LField line for a solo blow (#27) for
a 4-0 bulge.
      After stranding nine runners in the first 7-INN, the Tigers finally got
got on the board in the B-8th. Back-to-back walks to Miguel Cabrera (by
Jackson) and Brennan Boesch (on four straight pitches by reliever J.J.
Putz) set the stage. Then, with one out, Inge's third single of the night
plated Cabrera. The throw-in from defensive replacement Andruw Jones
in RField hit the mound to move Boesch and Inge to second and third. However,
the further threat quickly fizzled when third Sox hurler Matt Thornton came
on to get pinch-hitters Ryan Raburn and Jeff Frazier on a weak popup and
swinging strikeout respectively.   
      Inge celebrated his return by going 3-for-4 with Detroit's only RBI. Don Kelly
was 2-for-3 and Austin Jackson 2-for-5.
      Konerko was 2-for-3 plus a W, 2-R & 2-RBI and Gordon Beckham also went 2-for-3
with a free pass for the WSox.
     
      CWS       4-9-2, 6-LOB             (W) Jackson, 7-10; (S) Jenks, #23
      DET         1-10-1, 11-LOB       (L) Galarraga, 3-4

QUOTEBOOK...

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "[Jackson] pitched very well, which we knew he could do.
We had chances, but we never got the killer hit. A lot of that was because of him...
It’s great to have opportunities, but someone has to drive them in. It isn’t going to be
me–I was a career .233 hitter in the minor leagues–so these guys have to do it...
Armando pitched well enough for us to have a shot at the game, but he got cautious a
couple times and they killed him for it."

TIGERS DH JOHNNY DAMON:    "[Jackson's] fastball had that extra life on it. It reads 97 but
it's on you...He started painting both sides of the plate. I put that right up there with the
best performances against us this year. It's a great pickup for them. Pitching is what wins
you ballgames, and he was pretty dominating."

WSOX SP EDWIN JACKSON:    "I’m not worried about pitching against my old team, and I’m
not worried about trying to impress anyone with my new team. The people that run this
team know I can pitch or they wouldn’t have traded me for me. I have one job–win games
in the pennant race–and that’s what I did tonight...Those guys [on Detroit] did a great
job of making me battle today. It definitely wasn't easy. It was just a matter of getting out
of big innings and damage control...Just attacking the strike zone, taking chances and making
them put the ball in play...The odds are in your favor as a pitcher. It's a game of just playing
the odds and letting the defense work behind me."

WSOX 1B PAUL KONERKO:    "If [Jackson] pitches like that, we’re going to be in great shape.
They got some flukey hits off him, but they weren’t hitting anything hard. He’s a great
addition to our rotation."

EXTRA INNINGS:

      Galarraga's only strikeout came in his last inning of work and came
one pitch after Tiger 1Bman Miguel Cabrera dropped a Konrko foul-pop
into the WSox dugout.
      Edwin Jackson's only walk was a free pass to Cabrera to open the B-8th
and caused his exit.
      Konerko's homer moved him past Detroit's Cabrera into second place
in the AL.
      Pierre's single down the 3Base line to lead-off the ballgame extended his hitting
streak to 11 games.
      Jenks now has 22 career saves vs Detroit including two this year.
      To make roster room for Inge the Tigers DLed INF Danny Worth with a bruised
left heal.
      "Tickets sold" attendance was 31,770, the largest of the series so far.
      The WSox purchased the contract of reliever Chris Sale from their 3A Charlotte
Knights farm club. That makes Sale the first player taken in the 2010 draft (#13
overall) to reach the majors. Sale DNP Wednesday.     
      The Thursday matinee probable pitchers for the series finale are Max Scherzer
(7-8, 4.28) of Detroit and Freddy Garcia (10-4, 4.73) of the WSox. Garcia is 18-6
lifetime vs Detroit (most wins by any active pitcher) and is 8-0 in his last nine
starts vs the Tigers at Comerica Park.

COACH KURT

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