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Breaking the Skid

July 24 at Chi. Cubs


Sox Office Smash Hit:
The Peanuts Movie
Charlie Brown earned his happy ending, just like the Sox in this game.

Short Take:   The White Sox end their losing streak at nine by squeezing out a win over the defending champion Cubs.

It's one thing to defeat the reigning World Series champion. It's another when that champion is the crosstown Chicago Cubs. But to do it at Wrigley Field and snap a nine-game losing streak is nothing short of extraordinary. That's what happened Monday in a 3-1 Sox win, their first of the second half.

Since the All-Star break, only Miguel Gonzalez had thrown a quality start for the Sox. His quest for another one hit an early snag in the second inning when he missed a Kyle Hendricks grounder that would have ended a Cubs one-out threat with runners in scoring position. Yoan Moncada threw to Jose Abreu for the out, but an earlier walk from Ben Zobrist scored. As it turned out, the Lovables wouldn't score again.

The 1-0 score would stay until the fifth when Melky Cabrera, who led off with a base hit, scored all the way from first on an Abreu double. That knocked Hendricks, making his first start after spending a month-and-a-half on the disabled list, out of the game. Though Justin Grimm prevented further damage in the inning, he served up an Adam Engel homer upon returning for the sixth. It always feels great to see Sox fans celebrate inside the Friendly Confines.

Gonzalez ran into a rocky situation in the seventh trying to preserve the overworked bullpen devoid of many quality arms since last week. He started by giving up back-to-back singles to Jon Jay and Javier Baez, prompting a meeting with Rick Renteria. He proceeded to get the next two outs, but a walk to Kris Bryant loaded the bases for Anthony Rizzo. Though the power-packed first baseman hit the ball far, it was to the wrong part of the park as Engel caught it in deep center field.

Koji Uehara came on for the North Siders in the eighth and served up a Matt Davidson leadoff bomb that landed on Waveland Avenue, traveling a Wrigley season-high 476 feet. Gonzalez got one more out in the bottom half before a Kyle Schwarber hit prompted Renteria to remove him. That gave way to another welcome sight at the former Weeghman Park: Sox fans giving a standing ovation to a departing starter. A single run over 7 1/3 innings merits such things.

Dan Jennings got Zobrist to line out to center before Jon Jay perfectly placed a bunt, something the Sox keep trying to get Moncada to do for some reason. Anyway, that brought on Anthony Swarzak, who recorded three straight outs, but had trouble get the fourth and final one needed. Down to the final strike, Bryant hit a soft infield single and Rizzo walked, bringing up the winning run in Willson Contreras. Swarzak froze Contreras on four straight pitches, three of which were strikes, though Contreras disagreed with the last two. That didn't matter to the Sox faithful in attendance because the skid was OVAH!

There's no question some tough days are ahead for the Sox, especially this season. How they can be expected to win anymore games with this pitching staff and a hit-or-miss lineup is anyone's guess. But that makes moments like this one all the more special. If the only remaining thing to look forward to besides September call-ups is that ridiculous Crosstown Cup, so be it.

The Wrigley portion of this series concludes Tuesday at 1:20. Carlos Rodon will take the ball against John Lackey. Yours truly will venture into the uncomfortable territory that is Cubdumb. Hope there's a victory to celebrate in the middle of it all.

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