Freddy Garcia pitched bad Tuesday night. There's no more analysis needed in describing the Sox 12-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a key three-game set between the two contenders in the American League Central Division.
Garcia gave up six runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings. He gave up three home runs in the second inning, prompting me to turn off the television and move on with my evening. No point in flogging myself any further after those first two couple innings.
I'm going to go home, have something to eat, relax and get ready to watch tomorrow's game. The Sox will have John Danks on the mound. The Twins will counter with the dreaded Triple-A callup, Glen Perkins. The Minnesota lefty hasn't pitched in the majors yet this year, and the Sox normally struggle with those types of pitchers.
The good news is the Sox have faced Perkins before. He's 2-1 with a 5.22 lifetime ERA in seven games against the Sox. That said, I think I'd still rather face the guy Perkins is replacing in the rotation, Kevin Slowey.
Slowey was scratched from his start with elbow soreness. That's a shame, because the Sox hitters typically eat Slowey for lunch. The right-hander is 0-1 with an 11.74 ERA in two starts against the Sox this season. Lifetime, he's 2-3 with a 6.89 ERA in eight starts.
Get well soon, Kevin Slowey. I think I'd rather face you in September than the no-name Glen Perkins.