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Bench Brigade Winning Streak

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In the interest of fairness, I have to point out that for the second straight time the White Sox won a game in which they started 3 reserves. Chris Widger, Rob Mackowiak, and Alex Cintron combined to go 7-15 with a double, a HR, and 3 RBI to help lead the Sox to victory. Widger now trails A.J. Pierzynski by just 2 RBI on the season.

Freddy Garcia again started slow, or at least his fastball did, as he set down the twins in order in the first. It's gotten to the point where I'm not even worried when I see the gun only registering 86 in first inning anymore. By the time he had reached the middle innings, the gun (a tic fast) was clocking him as high as 95. The one key for Garcia, regardless of his velocity, is his control; and Garcia had it working today. He only walked one, but followed that by getting Justin Morneau to fly out to center.

Garcia lowered his ERA for the 6th straight outing, also winning his 6th straight decision. It hasn't been impressive like Contreras' run, but It's hard to argue with results. He would have escaped with just 2 earned runs of damage, but Scott Podsednik misplayed a flyball in the 7th that sealed Freddy's fate for the afternoon. It should be noted, however, that Podsednik also helped give Garcia that working margin with a 2-run HR while raising his average to .300 after his slow start.

I almost mentioned that Joe Crede looked like he was in a slump yesterday. He had a rough 4 game stretch, during which he struck out 5 times, after only striking out 5 times in his first 31 games. He still didn't look like he was seeing the ball all that well today, but 3-4 with a HR says different.

Jose Contreras threw another side session today. If he reports that he feels fine tomorrow, he'll be reactivated, and will start on Sunday.

Also, it appears that the Sox bats, or maybe it was my impassioned pleading, have helped Ron Gardenhire make the tough decision to put Francisco Liriano in the rotation.