A Big Swing

Game Forty-One – Cubs 11 White Sox 6
WP – Bobby Howry (1-3) LP – David Aardsma (2-1, BS 3) Save – None

wflag.jpg For the second day in a row the Cubs came from behind to beat the White Sox in dramatic fashion. The Cubs trailed 6-5 when Ryan Theriot led off the 8th inning with a triple and 1-out later tied the game on a single by Alfonso Soriano. Aramis Ramirez tripled to score Soriano for the go ahead run. Daryle Ward was intentionally walked, Michael Barrett reached on a come backer to the mound that ricocheted off of David Aardsma to load bases. Ozzie Guillen brought in Boone Logan to face Jacque Jones but Lou Piniella went to his bench for Derrek Lee. Lee took a 3-1 pitch from Logan over the wall in right center for a grand slam to cap the 6-run 8th inning for the Cubs.

Jason Marquis was effective early in the game and did not allow his first hit until the 4th inning. With the wind blowing out at the start of the game it figured to be a high scoring game. Jason Marquis hit a 2-run homer in the 5th, one of five hit on the day by both teams.

The Cubs staked an early lead in the 2nd inning off of Javier Vazquez. Aramis Ramirez led off the inning with a single to center and scored on Daryle Ward’s 4th double of the year to right center. Michael Barrett grounded out to 2nd, Ward advanced to 3rd and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacque Jones to center….the ball almost got over the head of Darin Erstad.

By the 5th inning the Cubs found themselves down by a run. Michael Barrett led off the inning with his 7th home run of the season to right center. Mark DeRosa drew a 1-out walk and scored on Jason Marquis’ first home run of the year (the 3rd of his career), just to the left off the 400 sign in straight away center. Ryan Theriot followed with a single but Vazquez settled down and struck out Murton and Soriano to end the inning.

The Cubs went in order in both the 6th and 7th innings. The White Sox took the lead in the top of the 8th and former Cub, David Aardsma took the hill in the bottom of the 8th looking to remind his old club what they traded away. Ryan Theriot greeted him with a triple down the right field line. Piniella went to his bench and lifted Matt Murton in favor of Cliff Floyd. Floyd grounded out to 2nd, Theriot was unable to score but Alfonso Soriano followed with a single to center to tie the game on the first pitch he saw from Aardsma. Aramis Ramirez hit the first pitch he saw from Aardsma and drove in the go ahead run with a triple to right….Dye was playing off the line and the ball rolled into the corner. Ozzie Guillen decided to intentionally walk Daryle Ward to set up the double play. Barrett stepped to the plate and hit a bullet back to the mound that bounced off the body of David Aardsma. Guillen decided to replace Aardsma with a lefty to face Jacque Jones. Once Boone Logan was announced, Piniella did not hesitate and called on Derrek Lee. Lee was making his first appearance in almost a week and looked very rusty on his first swing. After Logan got ahead in the count he threw three straight balls out of the strike zone. Lee was waiting for the fastball on the 3-1 pitch and took Logan’s offering over the right center field wall….a pinch hit grand slam, the 8th of his career. Wrigley exploded and Derrek Lee made a curtain call.

The 6-run 8th inning was the eighth time this season the Cubs have scored at least 5 runs in a single inning.

Jason Marquis kept the White Sox off the bases in the first 3 innings of the game despite having trouble with his location. He pitched behind in the count to nearly all of the batters he faced on the afternoon. While his control was not there early, he was still keeping the ball down….until the 4th inning.

A.J. Pierzynski led of the 4th with the first hit of the day for the Sox and moved to 3rd on a double to left by Jermaine Dye. Konerko grounded out to 3rd but Rob Mackowiak hit Marquis’ first offering into center….Pierzynski scored. Tadahito Iguchi singled to left to tie the game at 2. Joe Crede followed with another single to left, Soriano’s throw was offline and Mackowiak scored to give the Sox the lead.

Marquis settled down and retired 7 in a row before Iguchi singled with 2 outs in the 6th. Joe Crede followed the single with a home run to left to tie the game at 5. Marquis finished the day allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings of work with a walk and 4 strikeouts. Marquis for the second start in a row received a no decision but he pitched well enough to keep his team in the game. Marquis just left too many pitches up in the zone.

Will Ohman took the mound to start the 7th and gave up a lead off single to Darin Erstad. Juan Uribe bunted the ball back to Ohman; he turned and threw to 2nd for the out. Ohman though could not find the strike zone again and walked Pierzynski. Piniella went to the pen for Michael Wuertz and Ohman left the hill visibly upset with himself. Wuertz however was able to get the Cubs out of the jam. Jermaine Dye hit a grounder to Ramirez at 3rd, he stepped on the bag and threw to 1st for the 5-3 double play….inning over.

Paul Konerko gave the Sox a brief lead when he homered to left off of Bobby Howry to lead off the 8th….his 13th career home run off of Cubs pitching. Howry had more problems on Saturday locating his fastball. Iguchi doubled to left with 1-out but Howry was able to retire Crede on a popup and Ryan Sweeney on a tapper back to the mound. Carlos Marmol pitched the 9th and retired A.J. Pierzynski on a popup to Izturis at short to end the game.

What a Win!

The Cubs will go for the sweep on Sunday with Carlos Zambrano scheduled to take the mound against Nick Masset, who will be making his first career big league start.

Quote of the Day

"Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves." - W Anderson.
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