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Outslugged on the North Side

June 21 at Chicago Cubs

"These ain't your daddy's White Sox... We're going to keep going after a championship as aggressively as we can."

KW's Hole Cards:
Jose Contreras was a joker today. Hopefully this was just a bluff.
Did he hit his draw? Nope. El fold-o.

Short Take:Sox come up short as 9-run inning by Cubs does them in.

The White Sox took the field Saturday afternoon looking to even the score in the Crosstown series at a game apiece. Despite jumping out to an early lead, the Cubs countered with a 4 homer, 9-run inning bookended by two Jim Edmonds home runs to beat the Sox 11-7 at Wrigley Field.

Jermaine Dye got things going on the right foot in the first inning, blasting a 2-run homer off of Jason Marquis and staking the Sox to an early lead. The Cubs followed with a run in the bottom of the first off of losing pitcher Jose Contreras, cutting the lead in half at 2-1. Things were quiet until the 4th inning, when it got crazy.

In the top of the 4th, the Sox got two more runs off Jason Marquis, this time a two-run homer by Dewayne Wise with Nick Swisher aboard, giving Contreras a nice 4-1 cushion. Unfortunately, that lead would not last long. Jim Edmonds and Mike Fontenot hit back-to-back homers to start the bottom of the 4th for the Cubs, in what would be the beginning of the end. After retiring Geovany Soto, Contreras walked Ryan Theriot and then gave up a single to the pitcher Marquis. Three consecutive singles later, the Cubs had a 6-4 lead and Contreras was on the ropes. He would stay in to face new Sox killer Aramis Ramirez, who cleared the bases with a 3-run homer and the Sox were down 9-4. Boone Logan came in to relieve Contreras with still just one out in the inning, and the first batter he faced was Edmonds, who homered to lead off the inning. Edmonds homered off Logan to put the Cubs up by a hefty 10-4 margin.

Though things looked bleak at that point, the Sox didn't give up. In the 5th, A.J. Pierzynski drove in Juan Uribe with a single to cut the Cub lead to 10-5. The Cubs tacked on another run in the 6th to push the lead to 11-5. The Sox missed a scoring opportunity in the 7th, coming up empty and wasting a leadoff double by Alexei Ramirez. The Sox missed an opportunity to take advantage of a wild Carlos Marmol in the 8th. Marmol walked the bases loaded, and then uncorked a wild pitch to score Quentin with the Sox' 6th run of the contest. The Sox were unable to capitalize any further that inning, however, and the score was 11-6 heading into the 9th. In the 9th, the Sox tried to rally off of ex-Sox gascan Bobby Howry. Orlando Cabrera and Quentin both singled off Howry, and Dye singled Cabrera home to cut the lead to 11-7. With two men on base and the tying run on deck, the Cubs brought in closer Kerry Wood, who struck out Swisher to end the potential rally and the game.

The Sox will try to salvage the last game of the series tomorrow night as Javier Vazquez goes up against Ryan Dempster. Gametime is 7:05 pm CDT and it will be the ESPN Sunday night game of the week.

WSI's
Quest For the Final Table Update:
Contreras essentially folded the Sox' hand by giving up 8 of the 9 earned runs in the fateful 4th inning.


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