Make New Friends, But Keep The Old?

Jon Garland faced former teammates and battled against a good buddy in Chicago. He came out on the losing end of the battle with the White Sox winning 9-2 today.

Only a few members of the 2005 World Series winning White Sox remain and Jon saw them today. Paul Konerko and Jon’s former battery mate, AJ Pierzynski. Both got some nice hits off him today. In fact the Sox team seemed to get to Garland in the bottom of the fourth, when there were three straight hard-hit balls.

The King led off with a single, but was thrown out going to third on a hard hit ball by AJ. AJ got into second on the throw. Rios followed with a 2-run home run to put the Sox ahead 3-1.

Ageless followed up with a double and then Brent Lillibridge got hit by a pitch. Bacon followed with a bloop single to load the bases. Juan Pierre line out to 1B. Finally Jon has 2 outs and almost can get out of this alive. Alas it won’t happen as Alexei Ramirez drives in a pair on a single to put the White Sox ahead 5-1.

Big Donkey comes to the plate and he is the ninth batter Jon sees in the inning. For the fan’s sake, he walks (as opposed to the usual strikeout). Jon ends up being pulled from the game as Paul walks to the plate for the second time in the inning. He gets on base again with a single. AJ finally ends the inning with a ground ball to the second baseman. However the damage was done.

Mark Buehrle came out into the fifth inning and had a three up, three down inning. Nice to see after the long wait in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Dodgers got some offense today, including from Jerry Sands, who hit his first career home run in the sixth inning. Nice memory for the kid to say he got his first homer off the guy who pitched a no-hitter and a perfect game.

The Sox bats woke up today putting up 13 hits. A few more runs were added, including a L’il Bridge home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mark Buehrle is now the winningest pitcher in interleague play with 24 wins. He came into the game tied with Jamie Moyer with the most wins. Congratulations Mark on the new record you hold.

The Dodgers and Sox will each be trying for the rubber match tomorrow afternoon. Sorry Jon you got beat up today. I still like ya, but I have to root for the White Sox first.

*notes: The Carlos Quentin was supposed to start in right field, but was a late scratch due to a bruised knee. Looks like Ozzie will hold him out of Sunday’s finale as well.

For info on the Dodgers, be sure to see what Clare has to see at Ravine Report.

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