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Epic Battle at Wrigley

June 13 at Chicago Cubs


Immunity:
Juan Pierre
Exiled:
Carlos Quentin

Juan Pierre came through with the only hit of the ballgame for the Sox, while Quentin failed to come through in the ninth inning with runners at second and third, ending the game.

Short Take:   Gavin Floyd and Ted Lilly each had no-hitters going deep in the game tonight at Wrigley Field, but Floyd's was broken up with two out in the seventh, when the only run of the ballgame crossed the plate.

It was another special sports night in Chicago. The Sox were chomping at the bit to sweep the Cubs at Wrigley Field, similar to their trip to the north side in June of 1999, but before they could get started with that, another Chicago team had more time in the spotlight in front of over 40,000 fans. The newly-crowned Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks were in the house for pre-game festivities and they brought the most coveted trophy in sports with them. Fans of both teams cheered the Stanley Cup and their heroes from the Madhouse on Madison, but once the pomp and circumstance prior to the first pitch was over, the baseball fans became themselves again, rooting for their respective Chicago teams. No one in that ballpark knew they'd be in for another treat, though -- dual no-hitters! Gavin Floyd's lasted 6 2/3, but Lilly's went eight. In the end, the Sox made it interesting in the ninth, but came up just short, losing 1-0.

Gavin Floyd (2-7) and Ted Lilly (2-5) matched each other pitch for pitch through 6 2/3 innings. It was then that Gavin Floyd saw his no-hitter get broken up by Alfonso Soriano. One no-hitter had gone by the wayside, one to go. And it wasn't until the top of the ninth that Lilly's disappeared. Ozzie Guillen went with his gut on this one. Juan Pierre wasn't in the starting line-up tonight, but he sure made his presence known when he was called upon to hit for Gavin Floyd in the ninth! Juan Pierre only had one at-bat, but he made it count by getting the first hit of the ballgame for the Sox and breaking up Ted Lilly's bid for what could have been the fourth no-hitter of the season so far.

Once Pierre broke the ice, things got interesting. Andruw Jones walked, and Carlos Marmol helped the Sox tremendously when he balked the runners over to second and third. Just like that, the Sox had the tying run at third and the winning run at second. But, in typical 2010 White Sox fashion, they failed miserably when it came time to capitalize and saw their chances of a sweep disappear in the blink of an eye. Failing to hit with runners in scoring position has been a familiar mantra for this Sox team, and tonight was no different, dropping the contest 1-0. Floyd deserved better, but his teammates failed him in the ninth. If there is a bright side to come from tonight, it's that the team ERA continues to decrease.

Tomorrow is Monday, which can only mean one thing -- the Sox are off. Another constant remains... the Sox will again travel to Pittsburgh for three games, continuing the interleague portion of their schedule. Freddy Garcia (6-3, 4.82 ERA) will face-off against Pittsburgh's Brad Lincoln (0-0, 7.50 ERA) at PNC Park. The first pitch will be at 6:05p CDT and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Plus.

WSI's
TBGR Diary:
 While great pitching was prominent and the focus for a majority of the ballgame, the glaring problems continued when the Sox failed to execute with runners on second and third with nobody out in the ninth.


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