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Sunday Sloppy Sunday

May 21 vs. Chicago National League Team

How was the trophy defended today?
Contreras was back in fine form, but the bullpen couldn't close it out.

Short Take:A couple of sloppy late innings spoil Jose Contreras's return to the rotation as the Cubs avoid getting swept on the south side.

After two high-scoring wins on Friday and Saturday, it looked like a sweep of the floundering Cubs might be in the offing today. Jose Contreras was making his first start back from the DL, and the Sox were coming off an emotionally charged rout the day before. Even though Contreras pitched a solid game, the Sox decidedly lacked focus and allowed the Cubs to slink out of U.S. Cellular Field with a 7-4 win.

This was a tight, fast-paced game early on as a cool Contreras went toe-to-toe with Cubs' hothead Carlos Zambrano. Four solo home runs accounted for all of the scoring through the first four innings. Aramis Ramirez homered into the Sox bullpen in the second and fourth innings. Paul Konerko hit one in the second, and A.J. Pierzynski launched a deep fly over the centerfield wall in the fourth. As A.J. rounded third base, Zambrano started jawing at him. This brought Ozzie Guillen out of the dugout, with Dusty Baker following suit. After conversations with both managers, the umpiring crew went to the mound and scolded Zambrano for his antics. Cooler heads prevailed, and the rest of the game went without incident.

In the bottom of the sixth, Konerko put the South Siders ahead 3-2 with another solo home run. By hitting his 214th home run as a White Sox today, Konerko tied the great Pudge Fisk for third on the all-time Sox home runs list. Frank Thomas has the most of any Sox player with 448, and Harold Baines is number two with 221.

The Sox added another run in the seventh to make it 4-2. Pierzynski drew a walk and was advanced to second on a grounder by Joe Crede. Pierzynski was then driven in by a Rob Mackowiak double up the third base line.

Contreras looked poised to take the win and south side fans prepared to celebrate a sweep, but it was not to be. This game unravelled for the Sox in the eighth and ninth innings. Juan Pierre pushed a leadoff bunt past Crede, then moved to third on a looper by Ronny Cedeno that dropped into shallow right field. Neal Cotts was brought in and the proverbial wheels came off. First, Juan Uribe botched a sure-thing double play by throwing wide to Konerko, allowing Todd Walker to take first base and Pierre to score. Michael Barrett followed with a triple, scoring Walker. Cotts was unable to settle down, and gave up a two-run homer to the next man up, Jacque Jones. Cliff Politte threw another log onto the fire in the ninth inning, as the Cubs scored one more run on an RBI single by Cedeno. The Sox were unable to rally back, and lost this one 7-4.

Contreras pitched 7.1 strong innings, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and no walks, striking out four. Cotts's implosion earned him the loss.

The Sox are now 28-15 and will welcome the Oakland Athletics to U.S. Cellular Field tomorrow evening. This will mark Frank Thomasís return to the south side for the first time since last season. Jon Garland (3-2, 6.18) takes the mound against Barry Zito (3-3, 3.27), and game time is 7:05 pm Central.

Ozzieball Update:
With two errors, some poor fielding, a caught stealing and a bullpen implosion, there was no Ozzieball today.

submitted by Baby Fisk.

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