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Streak Ends at Eleven

June 27 vs. Chicago Cubs

Paul Konerko
John Danks

Paul Konerko added to his homerun total this afternoon, while John Danks did not have a quality start, consequently not giving his team a good chance to stay in the game.

Short Take:   John Danks looked strong early on, but his pitch count ran high, as did the total of runs and hits he surrendered in just five innings of work.

The White Sox have been making history over the last few weeks, winning 15 of their last 16, and eleven in a row prior to today's contest. The last time the Sox won that many games in a row, I was nearly 20 years shy of being born! This afternoon, they looked to not only extend that amazing winning streak to twelve games, but bring their interleague record to 16-2 this year, which would've tied them with three other teams for the best record in the history of interleague play. Such accomplishments would have to be done against the Cubs' Ryan Dempster on a hot, humid afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. The ball was jumping in the thick summer air, but not for the Sox, who scored early, but not often. In the end, the Sox made it extremely interesting in the ninth, but came up just short and ended their eleven-game winning streak in the process, 8-6.

The Sox scored two runs immediately off of Cubs' starter, Ryan Dempster (6-6). Unfortunately for the Sox, Dempster settled in and didn't allow another Sox player to cross home plate until the bottom of the sixth when Paul Konerko hit his 20th homerun of the season into the left field seats. As for the other Chicago team, they hit John Danks (7-6) often in his five innings of work. It started in the top of the third when Tyler Colvin hit a three-run shot, putting his team up 3-2; it was a lead they'd never relinquish. The Cubs added two more in the fifth, making it a 5-2 ballgame, and chased Danks in the process. Tony Peņa and Randy Williams relieved Danks, respectively, and allowed three more runs to cross the plate. The score was 8-3 in favor of the Cubs, but the Sox weren't done.

Knowing full well that eleven-game winning streak was on the line, the Sox were not about to go quietly in this one. In a non-save situation, Piniella went to Carlos Marmol, whom the Sox went after. With one out, Mark Kotsay and A.J. Pierzynski both walked, but Alexei Ramirez followed with a weak fly ball to left. The Sox had only one more out to work with, and things got interesting. Gordon Beckham doubled, scoring Kotsay and moving Pierzynski to third. With the score now 8-4, Juan Pierre followed with a single, scoring Pierzynski & Beckham, and all of a sudden, it was an 8-6 game and the Sox had the tying run at the plate in Andruw Jones, who was called on to hit for Dayan Viciedo. Jones walked, and if the Sox were going to tie the game, it'd be up to Alex Rios. Rios (questionably) went down on strikes, thus ending the threat, the ballgame, and the winning streak. While the Sox didn't extend the streak to twelve, they made it interesting late and will hopefully take that momentum into their next series.

Even with this afternoon's loss, the Sox are 17-7 in June and finished off the interleague portion of their schedule with a 15-3 record. The Sox now head out on the road for three games in Kansas City and three in Texas. Tomorrow night, the Sox will send Mark Buehrle (6-6, 4.60 ERA) to the mound at Kauffman Stadium, and he will oppose the Royals' Anthony Lerew (0-1, 4.76 ERA). The first pitch will be at 7:10p CDT and the game will be broadcast on WCIU.

TBGR Diary:
 Yes, the winning streak is over, but what a ride it was! Instead of lamenting the end of this awesome streak, let's hope the Sox start another one tomorrow night!

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