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Sleepwalking at "the shrine"

July 2 at Chicago Cubs

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"Currently rehabbing in Florida. Still no official word on his return after missing 32 games so far. So we wait... "

Short Take: First inning Grand Slam taken away, then it's lights out as Sox bats falter in 6-2 loss.

When is a two run inning a bad thing? Ok, never. But when it comes at the expense of a grand slam, one can't help but think "what if?". This is precisely what happened today to Ross Gload and the White Sox, who put two runs on the board in the top of the first inning and nothing else in a 6-2 loss to Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs.

THe Sox loaded the bases in the first inning off Zambrano, to set up an epic battle with Ross Gload. Gload worked a 3-2 count, and fouled off three pitches in a row before tagging one down the rightfield line around the foul pole which was called a home run by the first base umpire Charlie Relaford for an apparent 4-0 Sox lead, and the rout was on. Not so fast, said good 'ol Sammy Sosa, who was all over the ump like a bad habit. You see, it was a foul ball according to Sosa. The umpires convened, and Gload and his merry baserunners were summoned back from the dugout to try again. Unfazed, Gload came through on the next pitch with a two-run double to put the Sox on the board 2-0. Sosa did not argue, so apparently it was a fair ball to left centerfield and the runs would stand. The tone was set, however.

White Sox starter Esteban Loaiza turned in another uninspiring performance, giving up 5 runs, 4 earned, over 6 innings. Working with a 2-0 lead, the Sox gave one back in the bottom of the second. Aramis Ramirez doubled, and Derek Lee followed with a drive to rightfield which was dropped for an error by Gload to cut the lead in half. The Sox lead was short lived, as in the third inning Loaiza surrendered four consecutive hits to start the frame. Mark Grudzielanek singled and moved to third on a ground rule double by Corey Patterson. Our good friend Sosa then singled both runners home to give the Cubs a lead they would not relinquish today. Moises "soft hands" Alou singled for the fourth consecutive hit, after which Loaiza buckled down. Ramirez, who would leave the game later with a strained groin, struck out. Loaiza then induced Lee to ground into a double play to stop the bleeding and end the inning. The Cubs would tack on another run in the fourth. Michael Barrett would lead off the inning with a double and eventually score on a sacrifice fly by Zambrano to put the Cubs up 4-2. Zambrano was on cruise control until the 7th inning when he would leave the game with cramps in his pitching arm. Zambrano surrendered 4 walks, but only two hits and 0 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings with 4 K's. Unfortunately this was not a break for the Sox, who fared no better against Cub relievers Francis Beltran and Latroy Hawkins. They combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings, recording 4 more strikeouts and allowing only one hit. The Sox gave up another run in the 6th inning and reliever Jon Adkins allowed one run in the 8th inning to give the Cubs the 6-2 victory.

The crosstown series continues tomorrow at Wrigley field, first pitch 12:20 pm CDT. Felix Diaz (1-1, 8.59) squares off against Greg Maddux (6-6, 4.49).

Ozzieball Update:
Nothing to speak of today.

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