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Humber Humbles Trixie's Team

July 2nd vs. The North Side Pretenders


Levels Finished:
5
Phil Humber led the way up the ladders, dodging the barrels of the entitlement princes and clearing the path for the Sox' first .500 record since the second week of the season.

Short Take:Phil Humber showed again why he should be on the 2011 All-Star team with a 1-0 shutout of the Addison Street Ewoks.

Sound the trumpets! Let the bells ring! Prepare the fatted calf for a feast! The Chicago White Sox have secured the coveted BP Crosstown Cup! In a 1-0 shutout of the immensely-underachieving Cubs, the generally-underachieving White Sox have taken a 3-1 series lead over the maypole-dancers of the North Side.

This is part of the interleague game series since 1997 that the commissioner's office cooked up to create a buzz after the 1994 strike. It holds special resonance in Chicago because of generations of mutual disdain between the South Side students of baseball and the North Side bacchanalians.

It was a hot afternoon behind the brick walls of the crumbling playground the Cubs call a ballpark, and two hot pitchers faced off. Phil Humber, this year's Cinderella story for the White Sox, and Matt Garza, a swaggering character who's well-suited to the overstuffed dreams of the David Kaplan's imagination. Both pitchers were on the mark today: Garza had better stuff today than Humber, but Humber did what he needed to do to get the outs.

As the low score suggests, it was a pitchers' duel that had Garza pitching a complete game and throwing no-hit ball through five innings. Humber didn't look as impressive; he threw a lot more pitches and often was deep in the count. The Sox had their vapid 2011 offense on full display in those first five innings. They went down quietly except for an occasional baleful glance toward home-plate umpire Gary Darling, who had an elastic strike zone for much of the game.

Speaking of umpires, there was an incident in the bottom of the second that, though it was to the Sox' benefit, cried for more aggressive use of the video-replay challenge. After Carlos Pena singled and Marlon Byrd walked, Alfonso Soriano grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. But it really wasn't. It was clear that Gordon Beckham had his foot off the second-base bag when he took the throw from Brent Morel at third. Mike Quade, the unfortunate fellow who's the manager of Ricketts' jesters, argued vehemently that the runner on second was safe. Second-base umpire Paul Emmel didn't like Quade's phrasing and ejected him, apparently not wanting to be reminded that he'd made a mistake. Incidents like this remind me of Bill Veeck's great quote: "The umpires, as a class, have never really impressed me. Not as greatly, at any rate, as they impress themselves."

But no scoring happened until the sixth, and for the second day in a row it was Juan Pierre who got the big hit when it was needed most. Beckham led off with a walk and was bunted to second by Phil Humber. A wild pitch sent Beckham to third, and Pierre singled to left to score Beckham. Morel followed with a single that sent Pierre to third with only one out, but both were stranded as has been the White Sox' wont this year.

Mark Teahen pinch-hit for Humber in the eighth, striking out. Humber had thrown 114 pitches and held the North Side Nabobs scoreless through seven. Matt Thornton pitched the eighth and the ninth and showed us the stuff that we came to know and love last season: hot fastballs that freeze hitters or get them to hit weak grounders. Garza's complete game went for naught. I almost feel sorry for him, but when I think about it. . .nah.

The real news here is that the Sox are now at .500 for the first time since April. It's odd to celebrate a .500 record, but we take what we can get. And don't forget that the White Sox now hold the Crosstown Cup, which is envied by dozens of people across this great land.

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"Hey! I tell you that Juan Pierre will win the #%@#* game! And this place is still a #%@#* dump!"


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