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Same Story, Different Day

June 23 vs. chicago Cubs

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?


Today's Sox cut of meat:
Severely undercooked steak
Grinder Ball was around for all of the first five minutes in the bottom of the first inning, but that was it.

Short Take: More of the same was seen again this afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, as the offense was comatose, and the bullpen couldn't hold a tie, but the starting pitching was dominant. The Sox came up one short again, this time 2-1 at the hands of our north side rivals.

Once again, the Sox found themselves facing a below .500 ballclub in the Cubs. And once again, Sox fans thought that maybe, just maybe their beloved team could not only beat the ballclub 8 miles north, but another losing team. But when two losing teams go head-to-head, one has to continue coming up on the short end of the stick, and has been the norm for the south siders, they were the ones who came up short once again, losing 2-1.

The second pitch to cross home plate from Javier Vazquez was driven deep by Alfonso Soriano, and the Cubs were up 1-0 before all of the fans even reached their seats! Vazquez promptly surrendered a single to Mike Fontenot, and just when it looked as though we'd see a starting pitching disaster, Vazquez found his groove and struck out both Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez, and retired Cliff Floyd on a ground out to Tadahito Iguchi.

Sidelined for over two months by a strained adductor muscle, Scott Podsednik found himself leading off a major league ballgame for the first time since mid-April. He was welcomed warmly by the Sox faithful and promptly picked up right where he left off, by singling off Cubs's starter, Rich Hill. Almost as quickly as he singled, Pods swiped second and appeared to be pain-free, a very welcome sight! Andy Gonzalez then sacrificed Pods over to third with his ground out to second, and Jim Thome brought Podsednik in with a ground out to second of his own. The game was tied at 1 and it seemed as though the Sox had found the spark they've been in search of for weeks. Paul Konerko followed Thome's RBI ground out with a double, but he was left stranded at second when A.J. Pierrzynski lined out to third to end the inning.

Things on both ends remained quiet for the majority of the game, with only sporadic hits for each team, none of which produced any kind of threat or rally. Then came the ninth inning.

With Vazquez pitching seven masterful innings, it was time for the bullpen to come in and do its thing; and we all know what that is these days. Guillen went with Jenks to get the last out of the eighth, so he came back out to pitch the ninth and got Aramis Ramirez to ground out to Josh Fields for the first out. Cliff Floyd followed with a base hit, and Angel Pagan pinch-ran for him. Daryle Ward pinch-hit for newcomer Rob Bowen and also singled, advacing Pagan to third. Ward was immediately removed for pinch-runner, Koyie Hill. In a surprising move, Piniella called for the suicide squeeze, which Ryan Theriot delivered perfectly. The hope Sox fans had for going into the bottom of the ninth tied at one were gone, as the Cubs took a 2-1 lead, which was the eventual final score.

Our Sox will try to salvage the final game of the Crosstown Series for the 2007 season tomorrow afternoon at 35th & Shields. The south siders will throw Jose Contreras (5-7) against Sean Marshall (3-2). The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05p CDT and the game will be televised on WGN.

WSI's
Back to the Grind Update:
Grinder Ball was seen in the bottom of the first, but quickly went back into hibernation.


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