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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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Game 2

Posted 06-28-2009 at 04:23 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-28-2009 at 09:12 PM by TommyJohn

Cubs, Sox battle continues

Chicago, June 1969

by Joe Dick
Trib Reporter

Chicago's North-South Civil War continued today as the first place Cubs hooked up with the fifth place Sox in the second game of this three game set, played in front of yet another near-capacity crowd packing the South Side ballyard to the rafters. Today's duel featured a battle of lefthanders with Ken Holtzman of the Cubs bumping up against Tommy John of the White Sox.

The Cubs continued their tradition of scoring early, again getting a first inning run. Don Kessinger singled, moved to second on a Beckert groundout, stole third and proceeded home on a Billy Williams single for another quick 1-0 lead.

The Chisox, however, struck back this time. Carlos May, the most exciting rookie on the South Side since his teammate Luis Aparicio came up in 1956, sent the Sox faithful into a frenzy by blasting a Holtzman offering into the lower pavilion in right to draw the two teams even at 1 after two innings of play.

The Sox looked like they might get the upper hand in this one, as sloppy execution by the Cubs cost them in the 3rd. Don Young started the proceedings with a booming shot that eluded his counterpart Ken Berry, Young flying into third with a triple. Holtzman came up with orders to bunt, but missed. Young, off with the pitch, was hung up between third and home and an easy target for Ed Herrmann, who made the tag. Holtzman compounded his woes by striking out, the first of four times he would whiff in the contest. John got out of the inning with no damage.

Things stayed even until the 4th, when the Cubs once again broke the game open. A single by Billy Williams brought up Ron Santo who, despite a victory yesterday, felt a need to atone for his awful performance when he grounded into two inning-killing double plays. Ron took a step in that direction when he hammered a John pitch into the left field stands for a two run homer. Ernie Banks followed with a solo blast of his own, and after two quick outs, much-maligned CF Don Young joined the fun with a solo home run into the bullpen in center. Before the Sox knew it, they were down 5-1.

The Sox were not without their chances in this one, unlike yesterday when Jenkins masterfully shut them down. In the 5th, a single and double put men on 2nd and 3rd for Knoop, who was given an intentional pass to load them up for the pitcher. Gutteridge lifted John for pinch batter Ron Hansen. This move seemed to rattle Holtzman, who uncorked a wild pitch to score a run. Hansen was then put on intentionally to load them up again. Neckless Wonder Walter Williams followed with a hard single to score a run, keeping the bases juiced and bringing cheering Sox fans to their feet filled with hope. Luis Aparicio promptly hit into a Kessinger-to-Beckert-to Banks rally-snuffing double play.

Wilbur Wood replaced John and kept the Cubs in check. The Sox, meanwhile, put two runners on in both the 6th and 7th innings but once again failed to capitalize, allowing Holtzman to pitch his way out of both jams.

The top of the 8th saw the Cubs strike again. Williams singled to bring on Santo, who cemented his claim to Player of the Game honors by blasting another two-run homer to put the Cubs up by four. The White Sox offered no resistance in the 8th and 9th, Walter Williams flying out to Young to end this one with the Cubs once again on top, this time by a final of 7-3.

Sox fans glumly exited the premises listening to the excited screams and howls of happy Cub fans who are gloating about taking the first two.

One such Cub fan I encountered was 14 year old James Belushi, a North Sider and passionate Cub fan.

Do you think this is the year? I asked him.

"ARE YOU KIDDING ME????" He yelled. "CUBBIES!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!" he bellowed. "Continuing our march to the World Series!! Baltimore here we come!!!! Sox continue to go out of town to Milwaukee!!! YEAH!!!!!!!! Sox are a minor league TEAM!!!! YEAH!!!!!!

Why are you yelling so loud, I asked him.

"ARE YOU KIDDING?" He bellowed. "I'm an aspiring comedian!!! YEAHHHHH!!!!!!!"

What does that have to do with it, I countered.


I must say, having gotten an earful of young Mr. Belushi's "talent" I can only hope that he has an older, more talented sibling upon whose coattails he could hang. He won't make it in show business any other way.

The Cubs will send Bill Hands to the mound tomorrow in a bid for the sweep. Gary Peters will take the bump for the Sox, who hope to avoid same.

Game Summary

Cubs......100 400 020 7 12 0
Sox........010 020 000 3 7 0

Home Runs: Cubs-Santo (2), Banks, Young White Sox-May


W-Holtzman L-John

Player of the Game-Ron Santo
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