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Cubs Sink the Sox Battleship!

June 26 vs. Cubs

KW's Daily Special:
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Too many Meatballs seem to come out for these games every year.

Short Take: †Milton Bradley goes crazy as the Cubs beat the Sox 5-4, and we pay tribute to all things Cubs, Sox and classic board games. Yahtzee!

Fridayís game at the Cell was not only a snapshot of the White Sox season so far, but in many ways it defined what the Crosstown Series has become over the past 13 years. In a hard-fought contest with numerous lead changes, paramount drama and a dash of wackiness, the game was ultimately decided on one play in the 8th inning. Like so many other games in the past, this contest could have gone either way. Unfortunately, the struggles of the 2009 White Sox continue in clutch situations with runners in scoring position, as AJ Pierzynski grounded into a 3-2-3 doubleplay to end the bottom of the 8th inning with the bases loaded. That would be enough for Sweet Louís crew, as the Cubs won the series opener by a score of 5-4.

The White Sox opened the scoring in the bottom of the first off Flubs starter Randy Wells (no relation to his Hungry Hungry Hippos namesake David Wells). Jermaine Dye was Perfection at the plate with a rocket homerun into the leftfield stands to give the Pale Hose an early 1-0 lead.

Such is the The Game of Life for the 2009 Sox, they quickly relinquished that lead in the top of the 4th . With Derrek Lee on base, Cubs rookie sensation Jake Fox blasted a Jose Contreras pitch over Scotty Podsí head in leftfield for a 2-run dinger to give the North Side a 2-1 lead and put the Sox in lots of Trouble. Never fear, though, as Jim Thome Scattegoried the fans in the left field bleachers with a homer of his own in the bottom of the 4th, tying the game at two all.

Herm Schneider kept a close eye on Contreras after a moment in the 6th inning when Jose bent over at his knees as if he had injured his back, putting a scare into the Sox fans who are still worried about Contrerasí recovery from his Operation last year. Meanwhile, in the same inning, the Cubs dugout was torn down like a Jenga tower by Milton Bradley, who was subsequently escorted out of the park by Lou Piniella. Bradley put the entire Cubs team in Jeopardy by throwing his helmet and knocking over the water cooler.

In the 7th in this game of Axis and Allies, Jose started to really show signs of slowing down. Jake Fox reached with a single, and then Paul Konerko played Twister at first base with a Mike Fontenot grounder, bobbling it for an error. With two men aboard, Geovany Soto blasted a three run homer over BAís outstretched glove in centerfield to give the Cubs a 5-2 lead.

The Sox battled back in the bottom of the 8th inning. After walks to Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez, the Sox loaded the bases with a Jermaine Dye single. The crowd was looking for Jim Thome to Connect Four with a grand slam, but they would have to settle for a two-run double down the right field line. Bacon and Alexei scored, but Dye didnít get the Password from Jeff Cox to come home on the play. Piniella and Ozzie Stratego-ized what to do next with first base open. The Cubs intentionally walked Konerko, Ozzie pinch-hit AJ for Ramon Castro, and Piniella countered with tough lefty Sean Marshall out of the pen. Unfortunately, AJ couldnít wave his magic wand like Merlin, as he grounded into a double play to end the threat and the Sox chances of victory.

Kevin Gregg (or Kevin Gross as Ed Farmer called him on the radio play-by-play) closed out the 9th for the Cubs to give them a 5-4 victory in round one of this three-game weekend series. Gregg notched his 12th save, Wells was credited with the win (2-3), and Contreras earned the loss (2-7). The Sox hope to come back and win the next two. Buehrle (7-2) faces Dumpster (4-5) tomorrow. Letís Go Sox.

Critic's Corner:
†The Sox had a chance to pull out a win at the end, but unfortunately no dice.

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