Tuesday, June 24, 2008

June 20 - 22, 2008: White Sox @ Cubs

June 20 - 22, 2008 - Chicago, Illinois

June 20: White Sox 3 - Cubs 4

June 21: White Sox 7 - Cubs 11

June 22: White Sox 1 - Cubs 7

The unkindest sweep of all.

The Cubs and White Sox squaring off in interleague play is always big, especially in Chicago. It's gotten a little smaller since the White Sox won the World Series in 2005, but it's still big. It's usually city bragging rights.

I have personally witnessed big things from players such as Carlos Lee, Jose Valentin and A.J. Pierzynski, to name a few. The fans really get into the games and the players usually step up and deliver spectacular plays and stunning comebacks. This series was no different. It's just that most of the spectacular plays and comebacks came from the North side.

The good:
John Danks pitched good enough to win in game one.

Home runs by Dye and Wise in game two.

The bad:
Javier Vazquez pitched to lose in game three.

The Sox left 20 on base in game three!

The ugly:
The bullpen gave up three solo home runs to lose in game one.

Jose Contreras gave up nine runs in 3.1 innings in game two.

The Sox had their opportunities in every game and blew it. What's the sense in having two long relievers in the bullpen, which is a luxury, if the Sox aren't going to use them? One of them could have (should have) been brought in to stop the bleeding in game two when Contreras got into trouble in the fourth inning. A pitching change would've been nice before a nine run inning was on the horizon.

Every single game was winnable for the Sox in this series. In game three, the Sox had two more hits than the Cubs and six less runs. This is the same game that the Sox left TWENTY men on base. That's not bad luck, that's dumb luck. If the yo-yo effect is still in play, then the Dodgers are toast.

Suffice to say, the Sox are playing like pyewp!

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