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Caballo Slams Cubs

(June 8)

Short Take:  Sean Lowe was awesome!

What a great game and what a great performance by our Chicago White Sox!  On a night the Sox should have been dead and buried from the very start, clutch pitching and clutch hitting make the difference!  Sox win 7-3 in ten innings and give all the Lovable Losers of Chicago a bit to worry about.

That wasn't the Beloit Brewers you were playing tonight!

The Cubs honestly looked like they wanted to win this game.  It appeared their fans too, have taken a renewed interest in working on winning baseball games rather than working on their tans.  Most of them were actually paying attention during this game.  

Don't get me wrong--most of them are still idiots.  Heard three times on the exit ramps leaving Comiskey, the Cubbie Blue Faithful is convinced the Sox are doomed to lose Saturday's game because we used too many pitchers in Friday's victory.  I guess we should just forfeit Saturday's game and try to win Sunday's game, huh?  What a bunch of maroons!

Don Baylor had the Cubbies playing little ball on David Wells, putting down two exceptionally well-placed bunts leading to two Wells throwing errors.  Even Sam-me-me-me Sosa stood in and took a walk rather than do the predictable thing:  his patented loopy swing for the fences.  Wells' back acted up and he left after facing just five batters (two scored), the bases loaded and nobody out.  It looked bleak for our Pale Hose!

Enter Sean Lowe.  In one of the gutsiest pitching performances of the year, Lowe ended the inning with a double-play and a ground out without further damage.  The Cubs managed just two runs from that inning.  Lowe would pitch five shutout innings and allow just four hits.  For that, the Cubs would later pay dearly.  Too bad most of their fans were too dumb to realize it.

The Sox immediately got one back on Carlos Lee's rbi single.  They tied it in the fourth on Tony Graffanino's sacrifice fly sending home Sandy Alomar who led off the inning with a double.  It was 2-2 and even from the upper deck you could almost hear pee-pants Cubs starter Jason Bere grinding his teeth over losing his chance to tag his ex-team with a loss.

Bere continued into the seventh and looked to be the winner again after Sox reliever Matt Ginter drilled a Cubs batter with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run.  But in the next half-inning "Piss Pants" still managed to screw it up--just like Sox Fans knew he would.  Paul Konerko doubled off the Sox Reject, followed by an rbi-single by Alomar.  He got serenaded by Sox Fans upon his exit to Nancy's organ accompaniment--and it felt good, too.  It remained tied 3-3 through nine innings as Kyle Farnsworth and Bob Howry took turns throwing seeds at opposing hitters.

After Keith Foulke pitched a 1-2-3 tenth, Sox bats went to work.  A one-out walk, a single, and a wild pitch, forced the Cubs to intentionally load the bases.  Magglio Ordonez looked to be the hero as over 45,936 fans stood and cheered, many waving the Sox towels given at the game.  Everything was right, but Maggs swung and missed for strike three.

With two-outs, it was Carlos Lee's turn to be hero again--and he would not fail.  Lee cranked the 0-1 pitch into the left field seats creating the season's largest mob scene yet at home plate.  The mass of Sox humanity was so large, you half-expected to find Poppy Hidalgo in there high-fiving El Caballo along with everyone else.

Fireworks, Comiskey bedlam, and silly Cubs fans making for the exits.  It was quite a show-stopping finale.  And that, Sox Fans, was only Act One of this three-part play, and tomorrow's is on national TV!

Keep winning Sox Fans!

"Go Sox!"  (click and hear it)

Sox Clubhouse "Pick to Click" Winner

Carlos Lee

Batted in the five key runs of the game for the Sox.  The first was the rbi-single to put the Sox back in striking distance after the near-disastrous top-half of the first inning.  Then of course there was the glorious 2-out, tenth inning walk-off grand slam to win the game.

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