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Agony on Addison

July 4 at Chicago Cubs.

Magglio Watch
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"Target return date now after all-star break. Maggs reportedly getting back into playing shape by wrestling alligators down in the Everglades. If this baseball thing doesn't pan out, he has a career waiting for him as The Crocodile Hunter's trusty sidekick."

Short Take:Buehrle brilliant, but Sox bats continue their funk and the bullpen gives this one away.

Independence Day. A day to celebrate freedom, get together with family and friends, and enjoy some fireworks. On this night, however, the celebrations will be more subdued for the White Sox faithful. For on this evening, the White Sox were defeated 2 to 1 by the Cubs, getting swept by the northsiders at Wrigley field.

Mark Buehrle pitched brilliantly, allowing only one run over seven strong innings. That run came in the second inning off the bat of Derek Lee, a solo shot to put the Cubs up 1-0. Buehrle's counterpart, Glendon Rusch, was equally masterful. This was a classic pitching duel, as the hurlers matched each other pitch for pitch. The Sox had a chance to score in the 4th inning, when Carlos Lee hit a ground-rule double into the ivy in right. Controversy, the hallmark of this series, struck again when Paul Konerko grounded out to short. He was "tagged" out by the first baseman Lee, but it appeared that Lee missed the tag. No matter, Konerko was called out. Aaron Rowand then struck out, ending the inning and the threat.

Buehrle got himself out of a little trouble in the 4th, after a leadoff walk to the great Sammy Sosa, who apparently was not doubling as an umpire today. Anyhow, with one out, Buehrle picked Sosa off first base, much to the delight of White Sox fans everywhere. Things were moving along quite smoothly for both pitchers until the 7th inning, which was a critical frame for both sides. In the Sox half of the 7th, Lee lead off with a single. He was followed by Konerko, who also singled. Lee and Konerko accounted for 5 of the Sox 6 hits on the day, with catcher Jamie Burke recording the only other hit for the Pale Hose. With Konerko on first and Lee on second with nobody out, Rowand executed a nice sacrifice bunt down the first base line advancing both runners. So with one out, a ground ball or long fly ball would tie the game. Enter Joe Crede, who has been nothing short of abysmal this season with runners in scoring position. True to his numbers, Joe meekly popped out to the third baseman, squandering a golden opportunity for the Sox. Timo Perez then hit a long flyball to center, unfortunately that was the third out of the inning and "Cy" Rusch was off the hook.

In the bottom half of the 7th, Buehrle wriggled his way out of a jam. Derek Lee, 3 for 3 on the evening with a sacrifice, laced a one out double. With two outs, Buehrle intentionally walked Ramon Martinez to get to Rey Ordonez, yesterday's hero. Buehrle made an errant pickoff attempt, throwing the ball away and advancing the runners to second and third. He then retired Ordonez and the inning was over without any damage. Frank Thomas made a cameo appearance in the 8th, pinch hitting for Buehrle. His swing must have been a little rusty, because he struck out looking. Not to be outdone, Willie Harris then struck out looking as well, for him the second time of the game. Overall an anemic performance by the Sox offense once again. But there was a glimmer of hope. With Rusch thankfully watching from the dugout, the Sox got a crack at former Twin reliever and current Cub closer LaTroy Hawkins. With one out, Carlos Lee connected, tying the game with a solo home run to left center. The Sox failed to score again and Shingo Takatsu came out to begin his second inning of work in the bottom of the 9th.

Alou singled to start the bottom of the 9th off against Takatsu. D-Lee then laid down a sacrifice, moving Alou into scoring position with one out. Michael Barrett was then intentionally walked, and Martinez was the batter. Takatsu would lose him, and the walk would load the bases. Damaso Marte came in to put out the fire. He had pinch hitter Todd Walker down 0-2 in the count, but to his credit Walker worked the count full. Then, true to his name, Walker drew a free pass, and Alou walked home with the game winner. A dagger in the collective hearts of the White Sox and their fans. Cubs sweep the series, and take the season series 4-2 over the good guys. Thankfully the Sox maintain a share of first place thanks to a Twin loss today.

Tomorrow is an off day, so the pain will linger on until Tuesday evening. The Sox will be back on the south side, taking on the Anaheim Angels. Newly acquired Freddy Garcia (5-7, 3.35) will make his home debut against John Lackey (5-8, 5.02) at 7:05 CDT. Lastly, congratulations to Esteban Loaiza who will be the lone White Sox representative (?!?) at the All Star game next week in Houston.

Ozzieball Update:
Aaron Rowand's sacrifice bunt in the 7th set the table, but Crede and Perez were unable to cash in.

submitted by beckett21.

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