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Beckham Blasts Baby Bears

May 6, at Chicago (NL)

Daily Sox Crop Report:
Showing Theo how it's done
In rebuilding rivalry, Hahn's Sox have made the first statement

Short Take: 8th inning homer by Gordon Beckham provides winning run in another low scoring Wrigley affair

Keen observers of Chicago’s baseball scene were not surprised Monday night when a matchup between Jose Quintana and Jeff Samardzija turned into one of the great pitcher’s duels in the history of the Crosstown Classic. They were likely much more surprised when tonight’s starters, Hector Noesi and Edwin Jackson, equaled their performance. The Cubs and Sox, however, played to a 1-1 standstill until Gordon Beckham launched his first home run of the season with 2 outs in the 8th inning to give the Sox the winning run before a 9th inning rally piled on a few extras, as the Sox swept the two-game series in Wrigley with a 5-1 win.

Gordon Beckham will get much of the credit for tonight’s win, as well he should; he scored the first two Sox runs, the first on a 4th inning fielder’s choice hit by Alexei Ramirez, where the Cubs could not turn the double play to end the frame, and accounted for 4 of the first 8 Sox hits of the night. While the team’s bats were collectively cold from the 1st to 8th inning, Gordon kept the Sox alive.

There were other heroes, though, as well. How about Hector Noesi? Making his second start of the season, pushed into the role due to injuries to pretty much everyone, he gave the Sox 5 innings of 4-hit, 1-run baseball keeping pace with the $11 million Edwin Jackson for much of the night. The Sox bullpen had another great evening, as Zach Putnam, Scott Downs, and Daniel Webb combined to throw the final 4 innings, allowing no hits, no runs, and just a pair of walks.

Speaking of unsung heroes, only a few days after being claimed by the White Sox, Moises Sierra was pressed into starting duty when Adam Dunn’s pregame calf injury forced him to the bench (Dunn did pinch hit later in the game so it doesn’t appear to be serious). Sierra responded with a 4-4 night at the plate with a screaming double in the 7th inning that may have caused structural damage to Wrigley Field’s aging brick walls. Seriously, the city should send someone out to check.

While the 5-1 final may suggest a more wide open affair, this game was in doubt until the very end. Noesi and Jackson traded scoreless frames until the Sox got on the board in the 4th. The Cubs tied the score at 1in the 5th on a 2-out single by Emil Bonifacio that was just out of the reach of Beckham at 2nd base. It would be the last hit by the Cubs on the night, but the score remained knotted at 1 until Beckham’s homer with 2 outs in the 8th inning gave the Sox the lead they wouldn’t relinquish. They padded on three runs in the 9th to put the game out of reach, thanks to a pair of doubles by Tyler Flowers and Jordan Danks.

Though the win is nice for whatever slim bragging rights remain in this lackluster city series, it does move the Sox back to .500 on the season at 17-17. The City Series will now move to the South Side as the intracity rivals play two games at the Cell to settle who wins the illustrious Crosstown Cup. Due to the tiebreaker rules, the Sox need a split at the Cell to regain the Cup. John Danks will start tonight for the Sox against Travis Wood of the Cubs. Game time is 7:10 PM Central time and Hawk and Stoney will have the call on WCIU, Channel 26, the U.

The Futures Market:
The injuries keep piling up but the Sox keep finding guys to plug holes. Who would have though Hector Noesi would give the Sox 5 IP of scoreless ball on a night Moises Sierra would go 4-4? Not many, I assume.

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