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Raise those "L" flags!

June 22 vs. Cubs


Levels Finished:
5
The Sox stole the princess away from those poor, lovable Cubbies. Teal implied on the poor and lovable.

Short Take: A group of four Sox relievers make a slim one-run lead hold up against the losers in blue from the North Side.

The Chicago Cubs are one of the worst teams in baseball by any measure. It sure would be nice to see the White Sox blow them out just one time. But we can't be too picky around here, and we'll gladly rejoice over Wednesday night's 4-3 victory over the snooty, arrogant North Side team.

With the win, the Sox took two out of three in the crosstown series and sent the peppy, nauseatingly optimistic Cubbie faithful home with their tails between their legs. Those idiots can take their W flags, their goofy human mascot, their endless litany of excuses and their folk songs and shove 'em. They aren't welcome in our ballpark. Never have been and never will be.

For the three-game series, the Sox bullpen tossed 11.2 scoreless innings, and relief pitching was key in Wednesday's victory. Chris Sale, Jesse Crain, Matt Thornton and Sergio Santos preserved the slim one-run cushion from the sixth inning on -- and did so by coming up with several key strikeouts.

Leading 4-3, Sale entered with two Cubbie runners on in the sixth and fanned Koyie Hill. After an infield single loaded the bases, Sale retired Starlin Castro on a harmless grounder to third to end the rally.

The Cubs threatened again in the eighth, as pinch runner Tony Campana reached third base with just one out. But Crain fanned Hill and Thornton came on to strike out Kosuke Fukudome to put out the fire.

Santos posted another dominant ninth inning to earn his 14th save. He retired Castro on a groundout, then struck out Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena with an array of nasty breaking balls.

The strong relief work made a winner of Jake Peavy (3-1), who returned from the DL to work 5.1 innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked three.

After struggling early against washed-up Cubbie lefty Doug Davis (1-6), the Sox hitters broke through with three runs in the fourth. Singles by Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios set up A.J. Pierzynski's two-run triple. You read that right! Pierzynski tripled, his first since May 5, 2009. Then, Brent Lillibridge continued to make his case for more playing time by executing a suicide squeeze. Pierzynski scored, and it was 3-0 Sox.

The Cubs got one in the fifth on a single by Castro, but the Sox got that right back in the bottom of the inning when Lillibridge took one for the club with the bases loaded. Hey, pitches from Doug Davis don't hurt!

But Peavy struggled to protect the 4-1 lead, giving up a home run to Pena, then three straight singles that made it 4-3. Enter Sale, and the bullpen took it home from there.

The Sox can now enjoy their off day, and as fans, we can enjoy a day free of grief from any Cubbie-loving idiots. We won. They lost. Screw them. Next up, a weekend set with the Washington Nationals. Edwin Jackson (4-6, 4.47 ERA) gets the ball for the Sox in the opener Friday night. He'll be opposed by right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (5-6, 3.08 ERA). Game time is 7:10 and you can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

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