Game Sixty-One – Cubs 5 White Sox 10
WP – Jake Peavy (5-5) LP – Randy Wells (3-5) Save – None
On the day Alfonso Soriano hit the 300th home run of his career, Jake Peavy won his 100th big league game and the Cubs fell to a season-low seven games under .500 … unfortunately the final score does not indicate how badly the White Sox beat Lou Piniella’s crew.
Randy Wells set the tone in the first inning. Wells gave up two runs on four straight hits with two outs. Wells escaped the first and Alfonso Soriano tied the game in the second with a two-run shot to left center. But that was as close as the Cubs would get to a win.
Wells gave up three more runs in the fifth on doubles by Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski. The Sox then ripped apart the Cubs bullpen and scored once in the seventh and four more in the eighth. Alex Rios, Carlos Quentin and A.J. Pierzynski all went deep off the pen.
The Sox anemic offense performed like so many other mediocre teams against the Cubs this season. Ozzie Guillen’s team pounded out 16 hits, seven for extra bases … four doubles and three home runs.
The Cubs scored three runs in the eighth that produced the final score. Jayson Nix could not handle a hot-shot off the bat of Alfonso Soriano that plated a pair of runs. After Nix’s two-base error, Jeff Baker singled in Soriano for the Cubs final run.
Alfonso Soriano drove in three of the Cubs five runs with a 1-for-4 effort at the plate. Tyler Colvin pinch hit for Jeff Stevens in the seventh and recorded the Cubs’ other extra base hit of the game … a two-out double off Jake Peavy.
The Cubs pathetic offense managed nine hits, two for extra bases, and finished the game 1-for-8 with RISP. Lou’s crew left seven on base.
With the loss, the Cubs slipped to seven games under .500 (tied a season low) with a 27-34 record, they have lost eight of 11. Game one of round one went to the White Sox once again. Dating back to last season, the South Side has beaten the Cubs four straight … Reports surfaced before Friday’s debacle that Randy Wells had been out partying with the Hawks until 3:00am Friday morning. The Cubs denied the rumor and stated Wells was in bed by 9:30pm. Whatever the case, Randy Wells did not have it again and was lit up.
Wells retired Juan Pierre and Alexei Ramirez to start the game, but Alex Rios (4-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored, two RBI and a walk) single to center on a 1-1 pitch. With Rios running, Paul Konerko singled to center. Rios advanced to third and scored on a single to center by Andruw Jones.
A.J. Pierzynski followed with the Sox fourth straight hit … another single to center and plated Konerko with the Sox second run.
With Jake Peavy on the mound coupled with the Cubs horrible offense, the game was over before Kosuke Fukudome ever stepped to the plate.
Jake Peavy won his 100th game Friday and of course it was against the Cubs. Peavy faced the minimum in the first inning and threw 11 pitches.
Marlon Byrd was hit by Peavy on a 1-2 pitch to start the second. Alfonso Soriano then launched Peavy’s 1-2 offering into the bleachers in left center … Soriano’s 300th tied the game at two.
But that is all of the runs the Cubs would manage while the game was still in question.
Wells labored through the third and fourth innings. The first six hits for the Sox were all singles to center. Wells worked his way in and out of a jam in the fourth … then the Sox ended the game in the fifth.
Alexei Ramirez led off the fifth with a bloop single to right. Wells then walked Rios on four pitches. Paul Konerko followed with a double down the left field line on a 1-2 offering. Ramirez and Rios scored … 4-2 Sox.
A.J. Pierzynski, who was struggling before facing the Cubs, just missed a homer to center. Pierzynski settled for a double … Konerko scored, 5-2 bad guys.
Randy Wells left after another miserable performance … five runs on 10 hits with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings, Wells threw 89 pitches, 52 for strikes.
Jeff Stevens pitched a scoreless sixth. A.J. Pierzynski hit a solo homer to right off Stevens in the seventh … 6-2 Sox.
James Russell took the mound in the eighth and could not record an out. Carlos Quentin launched his first pitch onto Waveland … 7-2 Sox.
Russell then walked the free-swinging Juan Pierre. Pierre stole second with the Sox up 7-2. Ramirez doubled to left on a 2-2 pitch from Russell. Pierre scored easily … 8-2.
Alex Rios then completed his afternoon with a two-run shot off Russell that ended up on Waveland … 10-2 Sox.
The Cubs final three runs came in the eighth. Ryan Theriot and Derrek Lee reached on back-to-back singles. Marlon Byrd grounded out to first, Theriot and Lee advanced.
Alfonso Soriano then hit a smash past Jayson Nix. The Sox third baseman Aramis Ramirez-ed the ball (tried to play it off to his side) and it got past him and rolled into the Cubs’ pen. Theriot and Lee scored on what ended up being a two-base error. The original call was a double but it was changed to an error and one RBI for Soriano.
Randy Williams replaced Tony Pena so Piniella sent up Jeff Baker to face the southpaw. Baker improved to 5-for-8 as a pinch hitter and singled to left. Soriano scored … 10-5 Sox.
The Cubs played another embarrassing game. With 101 left this season how much longer is the front office going to stand by and do nothing?
Carlos Silva will face Mark Buehrle Saturday afternoon on FOX.