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A flair for the dramatic...

June 28, 2003 vs. the Cubs

Today's temperature:
"For once Jerry's moves don't come back to haunt him. Still a bit strange to see Graff at first and Jimenez at 3rd, and Paulie should be benched until further notice, but today Jerry was a genius - because the moves he made actually worked..."

Short Take: Second straight comeback win seals second straight "city championship"

After nearly losing a sure victory the day earlier, the White Sox decided to up the drama against the Cubs by pulling a big win out of the jaws of defeat.  Late clutch at bats, gutsy base running, and more Cub bullpen woes sealed the Sox's 2nd straight walk-off win over their North Side counterparts to win bragging rights for Sox fans worldwide over any Cubby relatives, friends, neighbors, enemies, and complete strangers on the street that happen to be decked out in Cub gear.

It wasn't very pretty early, though, as Bartolo Colon battled all day, clearly without his best stuff.  He walked 3 Cubs in the first alone and gave up a hit as the pesky North Siders notched 3 runs on board in the first alone.  Colon would be in trouble for most of the day, but the bottom line of 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 6, H, and 7 walks don't do Bartolo justice.  He defended his home turf like a true warrior and kept the surging Sox close all game, rather than folding and letting this one get out of hand early.

Lucky for him the Sox are maybe starting to feel the effects of Greg Walker?  Whatever it may be, with two out in the first and already down 3 runs, they emulated the 2000 version, rather than the one we've been stuck watching all season.  Against hard-throwing Carlos Zambrano, who shut this team down 6 days ago, Frank Thomas doubled to left and Magglio Ordonez induced a walk.  Thomas came around to score the first Sox run on a Carlos Lee double and Maggs and Caballo both were plated by the Cub Killer himself, Jose Valentin, on the frame's third double.  Sox fans were rejuvenated and the North Side Express seemed slightly derailed...

The South Siders took their first lead of the game in the third as Lee again plated Ordonez to make it 4-3.  The lead would not last long, though, as the Cubs scored two runs in their half of the fifth.  After Colon walked Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou to load the bases, Eric Karros singled to right-center to score Lenny Harris and Sosa.  The Cubs finally chased Colon the next inning, after Colon walked Damian Miller and Mark Grudzielanek after getting one out in the inning.  Dave Sanders came in to pitch for the Sox and struck out Harris, but couldn't retire Corey Patterson, whose single to center drove in Miller to give the Cubs a 2-run advantage.  Sox fans everywhere then either screamed at their TV or just turned it off as Rick White, our very own carousel attendant, trotted in from the left field bullpen, but White retired the first four he saw.  He left in the 8th with two outs but a very important run standing at third.  The recently worrisome Damaso Marte then trotted in and walked Alex Gonzalez, but struck out Patterson to strand what could have been a coffin-sealing run.

As for the Sox offense, they had been busy stranding runners of their own.  Earlier, in the fifth inning, they found themselves with the bases loaded an 1 out.  Unfortunately, neither Paul Konerko (popped out) or Joe Crede (grounded into a fielder's choice) could do anything with Zambrano.  In the 7th, again, the Sox came-a-callin', as Kyle Farnsworth came in to pitch and quickly found himself with Thomas at 2nd and Ordonez at first with none out.  However, two blistering shots off the bats of Carlos Lee and Jose Valentin could only slide Frank over to third as the Cub outfield stole at least a run, if not two, from the Sox.  Tony Graffanino then faced Mark Guthrie and promptly grounded out to third to end the threat, and seemingly end any chance for a White Sox winner.

But the baseball gods work in mysterious ways and yesterday's goat Antonio Alfonseca came in to pitch in the 8th to redeem himself in front of the Cubbie faithful.  After D'Angelo Jimenez grounded out to second, Armando Rios walked.  In perfect 2003 White Sox fashion, Willie Harris grounded into what looked to be an inning-ending double play, but his quick feet got in him ahead of the throw and then to second on a steal.  With Harris at second, Aaron Rowand (who is hitting around .200 and came into the game with 1 homer on the year), drove a ball deep into left field to tie the score at 6.

After Billy Koch set the Cubs down 1-2-3 in the ninth, Juan Cruz walked Ordonez to open the frame.  After a masterful at bat, Lee finally got a pitch and drove it deep to right field.  Though he flew out, Maggs tagged into scoring position.  Mike Remlinger then came on to face Valentin, who looked to finish a second thriller in as many tries.  It wasn't meant to be, as Manos struck out and left the work up to Jimenez, who sharply singled up the middle.  With Maggs racing around third, Corey Patterson came up throwing in centerfield, but his throw was too far up the first base line to nail the speedy slugger and the White Sox won their second in a row against the Cubs-again in dramatic fashion- 7-6.

The 2003 Crosstown Classic comes to a close tomorrow at U.S. Cellular Field, as the White Sox battle the now second-place Cubs at 1:05 Chicago time.  Esteban Loaiza goes for win #12 against Kerry Wood.

WSI's Tinkerer Update: Willie Harris, Aaron Rowand, and Paul Konerko all start?  Man, we sure mendozed that win!

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