Garland on both sides of Indians-White Sox rivalry

You don’t often see players of Jon Garland‘s caliber swapping jerseys within a division, especially not between long time rivals such as the Indians and White Sox. As a result, Garland will be the winningest pitcher in White Sox history to ever join the good guys, eclipsing Jack McDowell by one victory.

We can only hope the Garland era goes a little more smoothly than McDowell’s, who went just 16-12 in 12 in 36 starts in two years with the Tribe and spend the majority of the ’97 season on the DL.

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Four Straight Last At-Bat Wins

The Tribe’s magical season continued against the A’s, as they scored three runs in the top of the 9th for their fourth consecutive last at-bat victory – their longest streak since 1962.

With the help of baseball-reference, let’s recap that streak of 50 seasons ago…

The streak started on July 2, 1962 at home against the Orioles. With the game tied 0-0 in the bottom of the 8th, leadoff-man Willie Tasby belted his second home run of the season to put the Tribe ahead. They would add another run in the inning before Dick Donovan would close it out in the 9th.

After an off day  the Tribe returned to face the Tigers in a double header on July 4. In the first game Jim Perry and Hank Aguirre each took shutouts into the 10th inning before Gene Green hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run.

Later that day, the Tribe would provide more fireworks on the 4th of July with their second straight walk-off win. With the game tied 2-2 in the 13th, utility outfielder Don Dillard sent ’em home happy with a walk-off grand slam.

And to close out what was surely one of the most exciting series in Tribe history, the following day Dillard was the center of attention again with another walk-off home run.

The back-to-back walkoffs were just the 10th and 11th home runs of Dillard’s career, and he would go on to just hit three more over his final two seasons in the big leagues.