White Sox pitcher Jon Garland may have won his last start, but it did not necessarily make manager Ozzie Guillen happy.
In his first start since being reprimanded by Guillen for what he didn’t do, Garland looks to win his seventh consecutive decision Saturday when he takes the mound in the middle game of a three-game set for Chicago against the Baltimore Orioles.
Garland (10-3, 4.78 ERA) scattered six hits in 8 1-3 innings of a 5-0 win Sunday over the Texas Rangers, improving to 6-0 in his last eight starts. But his failure to hit Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler with a pitch after opposing pitcher Vicente Padilla did so to Alex Cintron drew Guillen’s ire.
The right-hander threw two pitches behind Kinsler but did not hit him. At the end of the half-inning, Guillen shouted at Garland for missing the retatliation attempt.
“Unfortunately, Garland missed him a couple times,” Guillen said. “I’m not the guy who’s going to sit there and take my hitters being hit—and not do anything about it. It’s not fair for us. My players know I’m behind them 100 percent. When I talked to Jon about it, he was upset. He was cool. … After that happened, it was over with.”
Garland, who has not lost since June 8, agreed the incident was behind them, which is important since the right-hander is the only consistent starter in the White Sox rotation right now.
“We talked about it. Everything’s all right,” said Garland, the only White Sox starter to win a game since July 6.
The right-hander has won his last two starts against the Orioles, whom he limited to one run in 7 1-3 innings July 5, and is 3-2 with a 3.97 ERA lifetime against them.
The White Sox (60-41) hope Garland can take advantage of the momentum they created with a 6-4 come-from-behind win Friday at Camden Yards. Ross Gload hit a ninth-inning grand slam off closer Chris Ray to give the White Sox their eighth win in nine games over the Orioles (47-57).
Gload entered the game for Paul Konerko, who left the game in the fifth inning after he fouled a ball off his shin.
“We needed a win bad,” Guillen said. “We were desperate to win. Not that way, but it was a plus.”
A win Saturday will give the White Sox consecutive victories for the first time since a three-game winning streak from July 4-6 over Baltimore. Chicago is just 4-12 since that streak, with Garland notching two of the victories.
Johnson, the 2005 Carolina League pitcher of the year, went 9-5 with a 4.13 ERA for the Baysox.
“We’d like it to be a one-time thing,” said Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo. “…If (Johnson) comes in and pitches a good game and some other people struggle, those options are always going to be there.”
Miguel Tejada, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, is hitting .533 (16-for-30) in his last seven games, but has homered just once in his last 20 contests.