Game Seventy-Three – Cubs 0 White Sox 6
WP – Jake Peavy (7-5) LP – Carlos Zambrano (3-6) Save – None
Friday was yet another embarrassing day for the Chicago Cubs. Not only did Carlos Zambrano meltdown again, but more importantly the Cubs lost to the White Sox … and dropped back to nine games under .500 in the process.
The Cubs pathetic offense managed only three hits, all singles for the second straight day. The Cubs were shutout for the third time in a week and looked lifeless in the process. The Cubs last extra base hit was Alfonso Soriano’s bloop double in Seattle on Wednesday night.
The Cubs offensive woes took a backseat after the first inning … and it all became about Carlos Zambrano.
The White Sox ended the game 16 minutes after the first pitch Friday afternoon. Juan Pierre led off the game with a double down the right field line … a ball that Zambrano thought Derrek Lee should have made a play on.
After Omar Vizquel flied out, Alex Rios doubled down the third base line, a ball Carlos Zambrano felt Aramis Ramirez should have made a play on. Juan Pierre scored and the Sox took a 1-0 lead. Paul Konerko ripped a single into left that advanced Rios to third … the ball was hit so hard, Rios could not score from second base.
Zambrano got ahead of Carlos Quentin but left a 0-2 pitch out over the plate that Quentin deposited into the bleachers in left. Again, just 16 minutes after Jake Peavy’s first pitch, the Sox took a 4-0 lead and ended the game before it got started.
Carlos Zambrano retired Mark Kotsay then stomped on first base after A.J. Pierzynski grounded out to Derrek Lee to end the inning.
Carlos Zambrano made his way to the dugout and unleashed a tirade on his teammates. Zambrano looked like a man possessed as he made his way down the first base dugout. Derrek Lee took exception to Zambrano’s actions and the two exchanged a few words before Lou Piniella, Alan Trammell and Larry Rothschild stepped in.
Zambrano was lifted after one inning, the shortest outing of his career, and his actions resulted in an indefinite suspension. Zambrano gave up four runs on four hits with a strikeout on 21 pitches.
Reportedly Zambrano was upset because neither Lee nor Ramirez made plays that Zambrano thought they should.
Tom Gorzelanny took the mound in the second inning after picking up his first career save Thursday afternoon. Gorzelanny gave up a run in 3 1/3 innings, walked one and struck out four.
The Cubs bullpen kept the Cubs in the game but the offense could not manage anything against Jake Peavy.
Jake Peavy once again shut down the Cubs’ offense and showed how an ace is supposed to pitch. Peavy struck out nine in seven innings with only two walks.
With the loss, the Cubs slipped back to nine games below .500 … and will have to play with a 24-man roster while Carlos Zambrano serves his indefinite suspension.
The White Sox dominated the Cubs for the third time this season and won their 10th straight game for the first time since 1976.
Following the first, the Cubs bullpen held the Sox to two runs on three hits. Gordon Beckham gave the Sox a 5-0 lead with his first home run since April. Beckham’s second of the year came on Tom Gorzelanny’s first pitch of the fifth.
The Sox sixth run came in the sixth off of Jeff Stevens. Carlos Quentin led off with a double to right center. Stevens walked Mark Kotsay then gave up a one-out single to Alexei Ramirez that loaded the bases.
Gordon Beckham drove in his second run of the game with a sac fly to left. Quentin tagged and scored as Tyler Colvin missed the cut off man. Stevens retired Juan Pierre on a groundout to second to end the inning.
Ryan Theriot (single in the third), Derrek Lee (single in the seventh) and Mike Fontenot (infield single in the seventh) were the only three Cubs to record hits Friday afternoon. The Cubs managed three walks and were 1-for-5 with RISP. Lou’s crew left six on base.
The Cubs struck out 12 times Friday afternoon: Colvin (2), Byrd (2), Lee (3), Ramirez (2), Soriano (1), Fontenot (1) and Theriot (1).
Carlos Silva will face Freddy Garcia in game two Saturday night.