Game Sixty-Two – Cubs 1 White Sox 2
WP – Mark Buehrle (4-6) LP – Carlos Silva (8-1) Save – Bobby Jenks (11)
Carlos Silva did not lose his first game of the season … the Cubs pathetic offense hung Silva with his first loss. Silva pitched a great game and if Lou Piniella would have removed Xavier Nady in the seventh like he should have, Silva would have allowed only one earned run in seven innings.
Carlos Silva surrendered only his second first inning run Saturday on three weakly hit singles. Paul Konerko drove in both of the White Sox runs and Silva allowed only one extra base hit, a double by Gordon Beckham in the sixth … the only ball the Sox squared off against Silva all afternoon.
Silva’s line in his first loss of the year: two runs on seven hits, two walks (one intentional), six strikeouts and Silva hit two batters. Silva also threw a career-high 123 pitches (117 – August 3, 2008 versus the Orioles) and showed a lot of fire as he left the mound after the third out in the seventh.
The Cubs only run came in the ninth inning off of Bobby Jenks. Geovany Soto walked to start the inning and Ryan Theriot drove him in with a two-out single to right center.
Andrew Cashner made his Wrigley Field debut and worked his way in and out of a jam in the eighth. Cashner did not appear as confident but still got the job done. Carlos Marmol struck out a pair in the ninth … and hit Paul Konerko.
The Cubs miserable offense finished the game 1-for-10 with RISP and left 10 on base. Lou Piniella’s offense struck out six times with runners in scoring position. In the first and four innings the Cubs started both innings with back-to-back singles just to have the next two hitters strikeout.
Saturday was just as embarrassing as Friday. The Cubs weren’t blown out but they might as well have been.
With the loss to the Sox, Lou Piniella’s crew slipped to a season-low eight games under .500. The Cubs have lost 10 of 14 and are 6-15 in one-run games. Carlos Silva did all he could Saturday afternoon and his only real mistake was allowing the White Sox to score at all.
Alexei Ramirez blooped a single to left on Silva’s first pitch … the ball was just out of the reach of Starlin Castro. With one out in the first, Alex Rios followed with a single to center. Ramirez advanced to third and scored on a bloop single to right by Paul Konerko.
The Sox went up 1-0 and that is all Mark Buehrle would need.
Ryan Theriot (3-for-5) and Jeff Baker (1-for-3) reached on back-to-back singles to start the first. Derrek Lee (0-for-4) and Marlon Byrd (3-for-4 with a double) struck out. Xavier Nady tapped out to Mark Buehrle on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning … the first of two strikeouts for the Cubs offense with runners in scoring position.
Carlos Silva went into cruise control after the first and gave his team every opportunity to put runs on the board.
Marlon Byrd and Xavier Nady reached on back-to-back singles to start the fourth. Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto struck out and Starlin Castro grounded out to short to end the inning … two more strikeouts with runners in scoring position.
The Sox second run, and the difference in the game, came in the seventh. Silva walked Juan Pierre to start the inning … Silva’s second walk, first unintentional. With Alexei Ramirez at the dish, Piniella called for a pitch out on a 1-2 pitch. Soto threw a strike to Castro. The ball beat Pierre but Pierre slid around the inexperienced Castro. Lou argued but replays showed the right call was made.
Alex Rios then grounded out to third for the second out. Paul Konerko put together an impressive at bat and finally blooped a single to right center … a ball Xavier Nady should have dove for. Pierre scored easily and gave the Sox and insurmountable lead.
Tyler Colvin finally saw the field and pinch-hit for Silva in the seventh. Colvin singled off the southpaw and proved once again he should be playing everyday. Ryan Theriot singled to right, Colvin advanced to third and chased Buehrle from the game.
Sergio Santos came in and Piniella went to his bench for Chad Tracy. Tracy hit for Jeff Baker and looked at strike three to end the inning … the Cubs’ fifth strikeout with RISP.
The Cubs still had a chance only down by two. Marlon Byrd doubled to left with one out in the eighth. Xavier Nady looked at strike three from J.J. Putz … the Cubs’ sixth strikeout with runners in scoring position. Alfonso Soriano grounded out to short to end the eighth inning.
Mark Buehrle posted his first road win of the year and put together his second best start of the season.
The Cubs old offense struck out 11 times Saturday afternoon … and managed only one walk. And Geovany Soto came around to score in the ninth.
It is time for a change on the North Side of Chicago.
Ted Lilly and Gavin Floyd in game three under the lights Sunday night. Can Ted Lilly throw a perfect game?