The only thing worse than losing games in Oakland is hearing the rationalizations for the loss afterwards. We won't have to hear any of that today. Thank you, Jon Garland.
Garland reached a career high 13 victories with the win over the A's Saturday. A career high, before the All-Star break, think about it. Amazing.
The reasons for this incredible transformation were again on display, and not in those innings where he was sitting the A's down in order. -- He used to do that before too. -- The innings where the new Jon Garland appears is when he's in trouble.
Take the 6th inning last night. Garland loaded the bases with nobody out by giving up a couple of singles and a walk. Old Garland would have allowed at least three runs to score in that situation, maybe more because it was a close game. The New Garland just bears down and attacks hitters with his best pitches. The results tell the story. 13 victories. On July 3rd.
- Hey, Frank got a hit, and it wasn't a HR. Woo-hoo. He's made all of his hits count this year, that's for sure.
- As much as it pains me to say it, Timo Perez's RBI double in the 9th really took the pressure off. I know Sox fans were waiting for the other shoe to drop, but with the extra run there wasn't much to worry about.
- The defenses were busy last night. Only three of the outs in the game were strikeouts.
- Juan Uribe: 9 pitches, 5 outs. Ouch! -- Expect Pablo Ozuna to get the start at SS later today.
And they say Sox fans are bad
The difference: 30000 people who pay to see fireworks.