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Even Series!

June 26th vs Cubs


Magglio Watch
Days left on the DL:
7
Number of special newspaper articles covering it:
0

"Magglio takes some batting practice and runs the bases. Then for kicks he does his impersation of the other Chicago right fielder and takes a bunch of swings from the heels and works on missing the cutoff man."

Short Take:  Sox offense beats Zambrano as the Cubs struggle against Felix Diaz.

If you listened to the majority of Cubs fans and media, this game was over before it even began. The Cubs had Carlos Zambrano going and the Sox had Felix Diaz - sporting an ERA over 11 in two career starts - pitching for them. Diaz had just been called up to start this game after Scott Schoeneweis was placed on the DL on Friday. So the game was over before it started, right? Nahhh!! In fact, the short notice seemed to help Diaz who didnít have much time to think about his start. Diaz was clearly the better pitcher today in a 6-3 White Sox win!

From the start, Felix Diaz pitched like anything but a pitcher making his 3rd career start. He executed and located his pitches well, worked all areas of the plate, and kept hitters off balance. As for Zambrano? Well the only person he kept off balance was himself. Diaz recorded 2 strikeouts in the first inning in looking impressive. The Sox looked like they would score early on. With 1 out, Juan Uribe hit a gapper to right center. Uribe decided to try for 3rd after a little hesitation. Unfortunately, Sammy Sosa was the DH on this day and the Cubs had a right fielder who knows how to throw in the form of Todd Hollandsworth. Uribe was thrown out trying to stretch the triple. The Sox failed to score but that was no problem as Diaz continued to pitch well. With the exception of a walk in the 2nd, Diaz continued to shut down Flubs hitters. The Sox wasted an opportunity in the bottom of the 2nd however. A single and a walk put runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out. Sandy Alomar singled but with Paul Konerko on 2nd, the run didnít score. With the bases loaded, Willie Harris grounded out to end the inning. The Sox wasted two early possible scoring situations, but they wouldnít waste the 3rd inning.

Felix Diaz allowed his first hit in the 3rd inning, but quickly erased him. With 1 out Ramon Martinez singled. But Diaz got the next batter, Mark Grudzielanek, to line out to right. Martinez misread the play and advanced too far to 2nd base. Timo Perez caught the ball in position to throw to 1st and double off Martinez. The bottom half of the 3rd was a thing of beauty. With 1 out, Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee walked. After Jose Valentin popped out, Paul Konerko came to the plate. After getting a 2-2 count, Konerko took a high fastball and crushed it to right center field. The ball just cleared the fence and the Sox had a 3-0 lead. Timo Perez followed with an infield single before an absolutely classic moment. With 2 outs and Perez on first, Zambrano showed how he can lose control of his emotions. Zambrano decided to toy with Perez at 1st by constantly throwing over. Zambrano got to the point where he was staring at Perez and as Perez would take even a step off the base, Zambrano would throw over. As the crowd started to boo, Zambrano forgot his job - get the hitter out. After 5 or 6 consecutive throws over to 1st, Zambrano decided to make a pitch. Sure enough, Joe Crede crushed the first pitch he saw after the throws over to left field for a 2-run homer. Credit Perez with distracting Zambrano.

In the 4th the Cubs responded back with 2 runs off of Diaz starting with a Moises Alou double. But Diaz regained his composure and got out of the inning with a 3 run lead. A solo homer by Corey Patterson in the 5th inning cut the lead to 5-3, but that was all the Flubs got. Jose Valentin tacked on another run with a solo shot of his own in the 7th and let the pitchers shut down the Scrubs hitters from there. After 6 quality innings from Diaz, Ozzie chose to go to Cliff Politte. Politte faced 4 batters and retired them all. Damaso Marte entered and struck out Patterson before allowing a hit to Alou. With 2 outs and Corky Sosa at bat, Ozzie went to Shingo. Shingo came on to a roaring ovation from the crowd. After making Sosa looked foolish on a 1-1 pitch, Shingo got Sosa to ground out to 3rd. Yet another easy 1-2-3 9th inning from Shingo and the Sox had earned a split of the first two game against the other Chicago team.

The Sox will take on the Evil Empire once more at The Cell in a 2:05 CDT start tomorrow. Esteban Loaiza throws for the Sox against Greg Maddux for the Flubs.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
 After struggling to get a win out of a #5 starter all year, the Sox get wins from Jon Rauch and Felix Diaz in consecutive wins. Today's Ozzieball meant 1,2, and 3 run home runs.


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