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Atrocity at Wrigley

May 19 at Chicago Cubs

Back to the Grind,
or Just Grinded?

Today's Sox cut of meat:
Mushy Dog Food
The bullpen coughed one up for the second time in as many days. Absolutely disgusting.

Short Take: An absolute train wreck was the showing in the last of the 8th, as the Sox's bullpen delivered gifts galore to the lowly Cubs.

The Crosstown Series always brings a heightened electricity to the ballpark, whether it's the north side or south side, and today was no exception. After yesterday's debacle, Sox fans were hungry for a victory, and we hoped the players felt the same. Sunny skies, warm temperatures, and a good pitching matchup were all present at Wrigley this afternoon. Everything and everyone showed up... except for the Sox's bullpen. Sox fans had to endure yet another heartbreaker this afternoon as the bullpen all but wrapped up this game and gave it to the Cubs on a silver platter. The damage? Cubs 11, Sox 6.

Javier Vazquez was on the mound for the Sox and looked good, but had a shaky second. Aramis Ramirez led off the inning with a single and Daryle Ward promptly followed with an RBI double, putting the Cubs up 1-0. Michael Barrett followed by sacrificing Ward to third, and Jacque Jones's sacrifice fly plated Ward, making it 2-0 Cubs.

The Scrubs' 2-0 lead didn't last long though, thanks to some grinding by the White Sox's offense. Greeted by boos, A.J. Pierzynski led off with a single and Dye then ripped a double, moving A.J. to third. Konerko bounced out to third, but Rob Mackowiak picked him up by driving the first pitch he saw in that plate appearance up the middle for a base hit, plating A.J. and moving Dye to third. The line kept moving as Tadahito Iguchi got in on the hit parade, singling home Jermaine Dye and tying the game at 2. Joe Crede singled for his first base hit of the game and drove Mackowiak home in the process, putting the Sox in the lead 3-2. Vazquez's sacrifice bunt advanced Crede and Iguchi to second & third, respectively, but that's where they'd stay as Darin Erstad grounded out to DeRosa to end the inning.

Michael Barrett led off the bottom of the 5th with a wind-blown homerun, making the Sox's lead disappear. Mark DeRosa's one out walk set the table for the unlikely homerun hitter, Jason Marquis. His wind-assisted two-run shot put the Cubs up 5-3 and the Sox found themselves playing "catch up" yet again.

The Cubs' lead was a short-lived one, as the Sox's bats went to work. Iguchi hit a two out single, which Crede followed up with a two-run shot, knotting the game at 5.

It was getting late and it appeared as though extra innings might be in order on this windy afternoon, but not if Paul Konerko had anything to say about it. Twelve of his thirty-seven interleague homeruns have come off Cub pitching, and number thirteen was surrendered by the Gas Can in the 8th. Bob Howry served one up right in Konerko's wheelhouse and Sox fans went ballistic, as Konerko lit the Gas Can up and put the Sox in front 6-5 in the process. The table was set for a hold and eventual save, and it looked as though the Sox would draw even in the first of the two Crosstown series.

But then in the home half of the 8th, literally everything fell apart. Ozzie decided to go with former Cub, David Aardsma to get the hold; bad decision. Probably out there trying to show the Cubs what they're missing, it appeared as though Aardsma was trying too hard. Ryan Theriot led off the inning with a triple. Aardsma got pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd to ground out to Iguchi and it looked as though he might get out of the inning unscathed... or not. Alfonso Soriano singled, easily scoring Theriot and tying the game at 6. Aramis Ramirez got a triple of his own, scoring Soriano and all of a sudden, the Sox were down 7-6. Here we go again. Ward was intentionally walked to set up the double play, but it didn't go as planned. Michael Barrett hit a come-backer to Aardsma, who bobbled the ball, making everyone safe. Ozzie had seen enough, and quite frankly, so had Sox fans! Enter Boone Logan. In a somewhat surprising move, Piniella decided to pinch-hit Derrek Lee for Jones. Lee, who hadn't seen live pitching in a week, drove the first pitch he saw from Logan into the seats for a grand slam. Cubs 11, Sox 6. For the second time in two days, the Sox's bullpen literally gave one away and this gift made Friday's look like nothing! Unreal.

The Sox went as quietly as could be in the 9th against Carlos Marmol and that was that- the Cubs took the gift given to them by what is supposed to be one of the best bullpens in baseball.

Unbelievably, the Sox now find themselves in position to try and salvage one game of this series, as it wraps up tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley. The Sox are throwing rookie Nick Masset up against he of the short temper, Carlos Zambrano. The first pitch is set for 1:20p CDT and the game will be televised on WGN.

Back to the Grind Update:
Grinder Ball made a guest appearance at Wrigley in the 4th, but that's about it.

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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