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OHHHHH, NOOOOO! (if you’re a Cubs fan, that is)

June 30th at Chicago Cubs


How was the trophy defended today?
Nothing too flashy, but everything worked when we needed it to.

Short Take: Can’t beat fun at the old—and I do mean old!—ballpark

As one might expect, the local fishwraps built this up to be a much bigger deal than it wound up being. At least one sportswriter actually speculated that the series could be a Cubs sweep. (Yeah? In what universe?) But when you get right down to it, Game #1 in this half of the “Crosstown Classic” turned out to be less of a classic than a snorefest, as the Sox posted a 6-2 win.

The game began auspiciously enough. Pablo Ozuna led off with a single to center. Tadahito Iguchi struck out, but Paulie Konerko singled to center, moving Pablo into third. Unfortunately, Pablo had to leave the game with a hamstring injury. But fortunately, we have this Scott Podsednik guy, and he came in to run for Pablo. Ozzieball time: Jermaine Dye singled to short, Pods scored, and PK moved to second. An AJ Pierzynski single loaded the bases. Then Joe Crede popped up and it looked like the Cubs might get out of the inning having given up only one run. But a single off the bat of Juan Uribe scored PK and Jermaine, and the lead was 3-0 after a half-inning. Jon Garland looked a little shaky at the start. Juan Pierre—not a guy you want on the base paths—singled, then stole second. Todd Walker flied to center, which moved Pierre to third, and Derrek Lee walked. A single by Aramis Ramirez scored Pierre, and a single by Jacque Jones scored Lee. Jones stole second, but Jon got out of the inning with no further damage, retiring Phil Nevin and Michael Barrett. After one, the score was Good Guys 3, The Other Team 2.

The second inning was uneventful, and when the first two Sox batters in the top of three were retired, it looked as though both pitchers had settled in for the long haul. But then Crede doubled, Uribe doubled him in, and the score was now 4-2 the right way. And that’s where it hung for awhile. After seven, 4-2 Sox. (Both starters had left after six innings with advanced pitch counts.)

In the top of the eighth, AJ singled off Roberto Novoa, Crede struck out, and Uribe smashed one over the left field fence, making it 6-2. Brandon McCarthy began the eighth for the Sox and retired the side in order. In the top of the ninth, Scott Eyre came in for the Cubs and did the same. McCarthy began the bottom of the frame by giving up a single to Michael Barrett. After McCarthy retired the next two batters, Matt Thornton came in and walked that pest Pierre. But Todd Walker grounded out, and that was the old ball game. Sox win 6-2.

However, I would be remiss if I did not give props to the Sox fans in attendance. You could see and clearly hear them as they made their presence known. A+ to you guys. As for the Cubs announcers, I’ll be interested to see if they can possibly second-guess the umpires more tomorrow than they did today. Won’t be easy, but they should be up to the challenge! Tomorrow we’re looking at Javier Vazquez vs. Greg Maddux. Game time: 12:20 CST on Fox (for those who will be able to see it).

WSI's
Ozzieball Update: Oh, yeah! A little bit of power and a lot of scrappy play.


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