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Chicago's Baseball Champions

September 3, at Chicago (NL)

KW's Daily Special:
A Nice Tall Old Style, compliments of the home fans
 A win like this even makes that swill they try to pass off as beer on the North Side palatable

Short Take: The Road Trip From Hell mercifully ends as Carlos Torres' strong start and Cubs' Sox-like defense help our boys secure a 5-0 win and city bragging rights.

Thursday's make-up game could have been so much more.  A make-up, Crosstown Series game to be played at the beginning of the home stretch, with play-off implications for one, perhaps both, teams.  Jake Peavy's debut for the Sox.  It could have been a whirlwind circus, but even with the dual collapses on both sides of town these past few weeks, don't let you Cub-loving friends, family, and co-workers tell you today's game was as meaningless as the old exhibition games from the early '90's; both teams knew exactly what this game meant, not only for the fans in the stands but their respective, slim play-off chances.  Behind 7 shut out innings from Carlos Torres and several key Cub mistakes helped the Sox win 5-0 this afternoon and take the City Series, 4-2, in 2009.

Torres, making only his third start in his career, was simply brilliant.  If the 7 goose eggs he threw on Wrigley's antiquated scoreboard weren't enough, then remember he also didn't issue a walk and really was never in much trouble; the Cubs only had 2 baserunners simultaneously once in the game and multiple hits in an inning twice.  He struck out 6, allowed 5 hits, and looked like a grizzled vet, unfazed by the sell-out crowd and what buzz this game generated, and not a 27-year-old, former 15th round pick, whose put in his time (and then some) at the minor league level.  The only thing the kid couldn't do today was hit; Torres went 0-3 at the plate with 3 strike outs, but any time your starter gets 3 at bats, you're happy.  Coupled with the amazing season Daniel Hudson had at 4 stops in the Sox's farm and the recent outings of Freddy Garcia, and suddenly next year's 5th starter race is becoming very crowded.

As for the Sox, they tried to give this one away, repeatedly failing to capitalize on opportunities against Ryan Dempster.  In the first, Scott Podsednik drove a sure-thing triple to the wall in right-center field, aided by the incredibly terrible route taken by Kosuke Fukudome, but as Hawk Harrelson will eagerly remind you, the ball disappeared in the ivy for a ground-rule double.  Gordon Beckham then grounded into one of the worst double plays ever, as Podsednik was erased in a pickle between 2nd and 3rd and then Beckham between 1st and 2nd.  Yes, it was your good ol' 1-5-3-4 double play, if you were keeping score at home.

The Sox did strike first in the 2nd, when Alexei Ramirez singled home Chris Getz, but they left runners in scoring position in both the 5th and 6th innings, and despite Torres' dealings, it wouldn't be a first for a rookie to crack, especially at Wrigley Field were a quick change in the winds can turn a routine pop fly into a home run onto Waveland Street.  Still leading by only a run, Torres faced his most difficult situation of the day, when Jake Fox doubled to lead off the frame.  After an Alfonso Soriano strike out, Jeff Baker drove a ground ball to right field that looked like it had "tie game" written all over it, but Mr. Thursday, Dewayne Wise was there to save the day, charging hard and making a strong throw to A.J. Pierzynski at the plate to nail Fox and effectively seal the deal on the Cubs.  Meanwhile, an inning later, the Sox got some help from the Cubs' inept defense, when Pierzynski lofted a routine fly ball to left field, where the always entertaining Soriano tries to hide from the ball.  Today, he stumbled and lost the ball in the sun, allowing Gordon Beckham to score a much needed insurance run and opening the proverbial floodgates.  An RBI single by Paul Konerko made it 3-0 and then more bad Cubs defense in the 9th contributed to the final 2 runs.  D.J. Carrasco pitched a relatively drama-less 9th to secure Sox fans bragging rights for the long winter ahead and send Carlos Torres to the traditional post game beer shower for a much deserved 1st Major League win.

I guess if you're going to go 3-8 on a road trip, this is probably as good as it can be, following yesterday's stunning win at the Metrodome with a win over your Crosstown rivals in front of their stupid fans.  Still, the Sox find themselves 3 games under .500 and still 7 games behind victorious Detroit.  But it ain't over until the fat lady sings.  Anyway, the Sox will make the 11 mile trip South to the Cell for a meeting tomorrow night with the Boston Red Sox.  Big Game Freddy gets another shot at Boston and will be opposed by Paul Byrd... Who is apparently still pitching in the Majors.  Game time is 7:11 PM, and it will be aired on WCIU.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  5 stars.  I don't care if this game didn't mean jack in the standings, they're still the enemy and we shut them down.  Yeah, we both suck, but you suck more, Cub fans.

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