A quick word: Comcast hates me and won't turn on my cable in my new apartment. So I didn't see the newest episode of
." No spoilers please. Like any of you even watch it
Moving on to more important matters: The
kinda stink this week. After playing quite well against the Tigers and Blue Jays well, they kinda stink against the Yankees. New York has hit
, tying the 1939 Yankees for the team record for home runs in consecutive games.
There's also been three ejections in the last two games
and Ozzie on Tuesday and knuckleballer
last night. The Haeger expulsion was to quote Hawk "BS." Who tries to peg someone with a 69 m.p.h. knuckleball? Lame. And just to pile on Haeger some more, the dude was
in favor of
. Maybe the Sox are hoping the redhead will bring some luck, ala
. What? Desperate times, desperate measures people.
But good news for the Sox (and Sox fans): Jon Steven Garland takes the mound today. And I'm here today -- I'm 2-0 in my last two Sox cubicle starts. Plus, how's this for freaky: Garland's birthday is just one day after mine.
The stars are aligning people! Get on board.
. He's 2-5 in his last ten starts, and lucky for the Sox, has a higher ERA in day games (4.19) vs. night games (3.80). See? The Sox already have this game won.
And if worse comes to worse, maybe a little team fight can help clear things up. Worked for
. And that other baseball team up north.
It's gonna be a
, with highs in the mid 90s.
Here are your
will start. Maybe it just needs some coffee. That always helps me.
or post on the board at the right.
Geez, it's really sunny in New York. I need to put on my sunglasses just to watch.
starts things off for the Sox. Adam predicting a no-hitter for Clemens. Owens grounds out to second. Alex Cintron promptly flies out to LF Hideki Matsui. Big
flies out to center field and Melky (Milky?) Cabrera. One-two-three for Clemens.
. I'm so on top of things today. DH
gets to bat first. He drew the long straw. He flies out (broken bat) to
at second. And HJS: No Spiderpig yet. Did any of you see the movie? Was it funny? Cabrera hits a "can of corn" to Owens in CF for the second out.
now. Oh boy. Hawk saying the next "can of corn" will actually be a "can of peas," just to change things up. Abreu hits a single to Dye in RF. Big round of applause for Alex Rodriguez, who was been stuck on home run #499 for eons. He's 0-for-9 vs. the Sox in this series. Make that 0-for-10, as
grounds out to Uribe, who tosses to second for the force out.
Jake Gyllenhall will play
in the QB's bio-pic.
The Rocket sporting tall black socks today. That's gotta be hot. He should pitch in flip-flops. Paulie rips a single to Matsui in LF. No-no, gone. Pierzynski takes ball one and then hits a single up the middle. Konerko almost didn't make in there in time. Oops. Two on, no outs. Dye - who is hitless this season - is sporting high socks too. Weird.
JD hits a double over the head of CF Cabrera, Paulie just beats the throw home. White Sox 1-0.
Gotta be the socks! AJ into third. Darin "Stubble" Erstad hits a line drive to first, but it bounces off the glove of Andy Phillips. Clemens doesn't get over to cover, so that's an infield single.
AJ scored, White Sox 2-0.
JD to third. Who are these White Sox?
Uribe hits a single too, Dye scores. White Sox 3-0.
Five straight hits off of Clemens, so A-Rod goes over to talk to him. Danny Richar flies out to CF. Runners stay at first and second. Owens hits a grounder to Cano at second, but he bobbles it and everyone is safe. Did the Yankees stay out too late last night? Bases loaded. Cintron hits a little nubber back to Clemens, who bare-hands it to Posada at home for the force out. Bases still loaded. Big Jim Thome - he looks at two strikes go by and then takes ball three (real close to a strike, eek).
He flares the next one to LF for a single, and that will score two. White Sox 5-0.
Check that - Owen's infield single was actually an error on Cano.
Konerko rips on down the LF line for a double. That will score one, White Sox 6-0.
AJ falls behind 0-2 before hitting a single up the middle, that will score Thome AND Konerko. What? I know. White Sox 8-0.
JD and his tall socks (tall pants?) up now. It's the 12th batter Clemens has faced this inning. Hawk: "I love a snowman at a baseball game." Ha. JD hits a double to the corner in RF. AJ stays at third. And that's it for the Rocket. Wowza. Adam and I both think Clemens will be on his jet and back in Texas by the fifth inning. I'll keep an eye on the air traffic. New pitcher is
- he's got a 2.54 ERA in 51 games this season. He gets to face Erstad first. Two outs, runners on second and third. This is the longest paragraph ever. EVER. It's a 2-2 count for Erstad...he take a couple more balls for the walk. Bases loaded. Here comes
-- and there goes Myers. New pitcher is Jeff Karstens. He owns an ERA of 14.54. And he doesn't pitch for the White Sox? Ha, I made a joke. Uribe stands in there. He pops up the first pitch he sees to CF. Inning over.
White Sox 8-0.
Garland has been sitting for about 3 hours. Let's see how this goes. Matsui will lead things off.
Matsui rips one through the hole into RF for a single.
fouls off a few pitches before hitting a double down the RF line. Two on, no outs.
Robinson Cano hits one to RF too for a single, and that will score Matsui. White Sox 8-1.
Corners, no outs. Don Cooper goes out for a chat. Guess all that White Sox scoring made Garland's arm sleepy.
Wilson Betemit gets ahead 2-0, then hits one deep to CF for a three-run HR. White Sox 8-4.
Um, yeah. Couldn't have predicted this at all. Still no outs. Andy Phillips hits a grounder to Uribe, but it takes a weird bounce and there's no play. DJ: "This is not good." Damon now, still no outs. Garland strikes him out with a fastball on the outside corner. Cabrera hits a bloop single to LF, Phillips goes to second. Sixth hit of the inning for the hated Yankees. I think I've said it before, but I'm not a fan of Garland's soul patch. Abreu runs the count to 3-2, and on Garland's 49th pitch...he fouls it off.
warming up in the bullpen.
Abreu fouls off two more...before hitting a base hit that will score Phillips. White Sox 8-5.
Corners, one out. Here comes A-Rod. 500? Perhaps.
He hits the 1-2 pitch to LF for a single, that will score one. White Sox 8-6.
Garland removed...Boone Logan comes in. He gets Matsui first. Logan strikes out Matsui, but there's a double steal by A-Rod and Abreu. Sneaky! Two outs.
Posada hits a bloop just past Dye, and it pops into the stands to make it a ground-rule double. That will score two, and we're all tied at 8.
I mean, really? Cano grounds out to Cintron, who puts the tag on a running Posada to end the inning.
SMehta, I would watch "My Boys" at work, but my old computer has no sound. How ghetto is that? Also, stop scoring! I'm getting tired of typing. Richar grounds out to the first baseman to start the inning. One gone. Hawk and DJ are mostly talking about how bizarre this season has been. But now that's it's all tied..."let's just go out and get some more runs." Owens doesn't hear that though, as he flies out to CF. Quickly 0-2 on Cintron, and then he grounds out to second. 1-2-3 for Karstens.
Betemit is up first. Logan strikes him out on five pitches - last one was a called third strike. Phillips now, who hit a "duck fart" last inning according to Hawk. When did it switch from "duck snort" to "fart"? That's just gross. He hits a high pop up, Uribe trails back and catches it. Damon hits a grounder to Cintron at third, but Cintron takes a little too long to get rid of it and Damon beats the throw. Cabrera grounds out to Cintron, who fires over to first for the third out. I see he learned his lesson.
I had to go through that when I started at ChicagoSports.com. Adam and Rahula are so mean. Pinch-hitter Scott Podsednik -- for Jim Thome -- leads things off. Huh. I guess Thome was hurt? DJ and Hawk will keep us posted. Pods hits it to the gap in RCF for a double. Paulie will try to move him over, but I'm not thinking bunt. Paulie has a 2-2 count, fouls off some grounders. Then he grounds out to third, Pods stays at second. Paulie seems quite disappointed with himself. AJ now, he's 2-for-2 today. He grounds out to second, Pods will move to third.
JD and his socks: He smacks a bomb to LF for a two-run HR, White Sox 10-8.
See, DJ thinks JD's socks are the key too. Erstad crushes a single to right. Uribe pops out to first to end the inning.
White Sox 10-8.
All my board posters have gone away. Come back, I'm lonely without y'all! JD talks about all the injuries for the Sox this season. The biggest, he thinks, was
. Whenever I hear the name "Pablo," I always think of the
. Pablo, come to Florida. Hmmm, Boone Logan appears to be hurt. He's tossing from the mound, but Pierzynski keeps pointing at him and then to the dugout. Logan will stay in though, as no one from the Sox dugout pops out to check on him. Weirdness. Abreu is first up. He grounds out to second. One out. Logan departs, and here comes fan favorite Ryan Bukvich. Here comes A-Rod. Still no HR #500, but A-Rod hits a single to RF. Matsui was named AL player of the month for July. He grounds out to Konerko, who throws to second for the out. But Uribe's throw back to first and Bukvich is late, so Matsui is safe. Two outs for Posada. 1-2 count before he grounds out to Uribe.
White Sox 10-8.
Still no word on why Thome left. Oh, and
Richar faces Karstens. Richar wins - he smacks a double to RCF. Jerry Owens grounds to the pitcher Karstens, Richar stays at second. Cintron now -- he grounds out to first.
is warming in the Yankees bullpen.
Pods hits a shot past A-Rod at third, that will score Richar. White Sox 11-8.
Paulie now. Fouls off two, then gets caught looking at a curve ball. Three outs.
White Sox 11-8.
Bukvich still in there. Cano flies out to Erstad in shallow LF (who calls off Uribe) for the first out. History made by the Sox-Yankees today:
It took exactly 1 hour to play the second inning. It was only the second time in major league history both teams scored eight or more in an inning. The first was only a little more than three years ago, when visiting Detroit scored eight and Texas had 10 in the fifth inning of the Rangers' 16-15, 10-inning win. Thursday's game marked the first time in big league history that two teams combined for 16 runs in a second inning. Several had tallied 14.
Betemit hits a HR, but it goes just foul. Inches. He then walks. Phillips now with one out. Pops out in foul territory, AJ makes chase and it tips off the end of his glove. Inches. Then he falls over the fence. Oops. Phillips hits the next pitch deep to Erstad, who makes the catch. Two gone. Damon hits a one-hop single to Dye, Betemit goes into second. "Leche" Cabrera (I guess that's what his teammates call him) hits one to Erstad in LCF. Erstad makes all three outs. Good job.
White Sox 11-8.
It's only the sixth inning? Oh my. Ron Villone is the new Yankees pitcher AJ is up first. 1-2 count, then he strikes out swinging. JD/High socks now. JD swings and misses on strike three. Two K's for Villone, two outs. Erstad flies out to CF. And oh crap - I think he hurt himself swinging. AGAIN. But Comcast goes to a commerical. Hold please.
White Sox 11-8.
Erstad came up lame after the swing, as he grabs his hamstring. And he's out of the game - Andy Gonzales will play left field. DJ thinks it might just be a cramp. Thome exited earlier with back spasms.
is in for Alex Cintron. The only dude left on the bench is
. Bukvich still on the mound.
is warming in the bullpen.
Abreu hits it super, super far for a solo HR. White Sox 11-9.
Here comes A-Rod. Fourteen hits for both teams, thus far. A-Rod pops out in foul territory to Konerko. One out. That's it for Bukvich -- Thornton will be the new Sox pitcher. Movie-enthusiast Matsui strikes out on three pitches. George Posada strikes out on four pitches. Quick two outs for Thornton.
White Sox 11-9.
. Uribe will start things up against Villone. He fouls off a couple, before striking out swinging. And with his swing, he almost lands on the ground. UGLY! Richar walks on five pitches. Villone is afraid of Richar's power. Jerry Owens is 0-for-4 today. Villone's pitch gets away from Posada, Richar runs into second. Owens semi-bunts it to second base, and he beats the throw to first. Richar goes to third. Josh Fields in his first at-bat today. Fields is also sporting the high socks. He pops up the 2-2 pitch to Cano, who catches it over his shoulder. Richar tags and is nailed at home by about 2 feet. No chance.
White Sox 11-9.
John: I so want to see "The Bourne Ultimatum." But I don't think I can go tonight. I have to harass Comcast. Cano is up first vs. Thornton. And exciting: Mike MacDougal is warming in the bullpen! AND
is up in the Yankees pen. Cano runs the count to 3-2 before walking.
will pinch-hit for Wilson Betemit. Here comes Ozzie to chat with Thornton -- Thornton will leave and newly activated MacDougal comes on. Jeter. Ball one. Later...Jeter strikes out trying to check his swing. One out. Phillips finds the hole for a single, Cano goes to second. Go-ahead run at the plate in Damon. He lines right to Konerko, who then fires over to Uribe to double-up Cano. Hawk: "Yes."
White Sox 11-9.
Update: Cintron left the game with an upset stomach; Erstad had cramps in both legs. Yankees players are glad
. Kyle Farnsworth is the new pitcher -- and I think he gets a new catcher. Posada appears to be hurt/sick/on the bench. Jeter will stay in the game at shortstop. New catcher is Jose Molina. Ah, one of the famous Molina brothers. Scotty Pods is first up against the
. Pods flies out to Matsui.
Paulie homers to LF just past Matsui, White Sox 12-9.
The crowd says "Boo" to Farnsy. AJ strikes out swinging. Dye and his socks/pants are up.
JD hits it super, super far to CF for a solo homer. White Sox 13-9.
Crowd: booooooo. Hawk: "Those pants will remain in that position." Yes. 12 total bases for JD today. It's all about the pants. He also tied his career high for hits (4). Andy Gonzalez makes his first plate appearance. Gonzalez hits a grounder to Cano at second, and it goes right thru his legs. That's the second error on Cano today. Here's a shocker: Uribe pops up the first pitch he sees to end the inning. Crowd boos Farnsy as he walks into the dugout.
White Sox 13-9.
MacDougal? Jenks? It's MacDougal. JD's bomb last inning was a line drive HR to CF. That's like 410 feet. Wow. Cabrera grounds out to Uribe to start the inning. Abreu strikes out looking. MacDougal is on fire. I'm sure I just jinxed him, because here comes A-Rod. 3-0 count to Rodriguez...that third ball just missed. Two straight strikes...and...HE GONE. MacDougal gets him swinging. What's going on? I'm so confused.
White Sox 13-9.
Sean Henn is the new Yankees pitcher: 4.44 ERA in 20 games. Richar is up first. He pops up to Matsui in LF. Owens falls behind 0-2, takes a few balls...and then he strikes out swinging. Josh Fields: He wore glasses in his first AB, but is now sunglass-less. SMehta: I'm just confused about MacDougal. He's pitching well, not bad. Fields strikes out too.
White Sox 13-9.
13-17-0 for the Sox; 9-15-2 for the Yankees for those keeping track at home. Or at work. Or yeah, let's end this sucker.
is on to close the game. Matsui is first up. Ball one. Jenks comes back and gets Matsui looking. One down. Jose Molina (for a tired/hurt Posada) now. Molina hits one high to CF, where Owens makes the catch. Two down. It's up to Robinson Cano. He fouls off two to make it a 1-2 count. C'mon Bobby. Strikes please. I'm tired. No, 2-2 count. Called third strike. Four hours later...Sox win.
White Sox 13-9.