CHICAGO (AP)—The Chicago White Sox are showing signs of turning around what has been a disappointing season.
Garland (4-5) struck out a season-high seven over seven innings in the first game that counted between the teams since Chicago beat the New York Giants 4-2 in the 1917 World Series—the last Series title for the White Sox.
“Truthfully, I didn’t feel that good. I missed a lot of my spots,” Garland said. “Pretty amazing.”
Garland allowed two runs and five hits. He has struggled this season but looked strong, striking out the side in the first inning and breaking several bats.
“That’s my sinker,” he said. “That’s the one pitch that worked for me tonight, and I continued to throw it.”
Snow said it was a tough night for most of the Giants because it was their first time against Garland.
“You can watch all the video you want, you can read all the scouting reports you want,” he said, “but until you get up there and see what kind of action his ball has” it’s difficult.
San Francisco’s Jerome Williams, making just his third major league start, gave up two runs and five hits in five innings, striking out four and walking three. Williams, recalled from Triple-A Fresno on June 3, had a loss and a no-decision in his previous starts.
Bonds put San Francisco ahead 2-0 in the fourth inning with his 16th homer, a drive to the back of the bleachers. It was estimated at 475 feet, the fourth-longest in the 12-year history of the ballpark, according to the White Sox.
“I missed right out over the plate,” Garland said. “As long as I got the guys around him I was going to be all right, and for the most part I did that.”
Chicago intentionally walked Bonds his next time up, even though there were two outs and none on.
“We’re getting some big hits,” White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. “Ithink that’s the key for us.”
The game featured a pair of young starting pitchers, 23-year-old Garland against 21-year-old Williams. … Chicago’s Paul Konerko, an All Starlast year, is in a 1-for-34 slump that has dropped his average to .192.