Sox take two of three from Cubs
Well, we went post-crazy in the day or two leading up to the weekend White Sox series, and since then it's been quiet. The series as a whole was very close, with exception to the first game, where the White Sox won 5-1. Zambrano pitched a beauty of a game in game 2 of the series, leaving after 7 innings and allowing 1 hit. Two problems here are 1) our offense doesn't like scoring runs and 2) our bullpen likes blowing 1 run leads. That's right, in case you haven't looked it up yet, the Cubs led 1-0 when Zambrano left, only to have the lead squandered in a 4 run 8th inning by the bullpen. The Cubs got a couple runs back, but it wasn't enough, as the Sox went on to win 5-3. So what does that tell us? Never pull the starting pitcher... ever. And that's just what Dusty Baker didn't do on Sunday for the 3rd game of the series. Mark Prior pitched a great game, going the whole 9 innings and giving up 3 runs, while the offense managed to put 4 on the board, just enough for the win. This was in large part due to Jason Dubois' 3-run homer, and the other 25% of the scoring came on a solo shot by Henry Blanco. It was good to see some of the less productive Cubs step up and take care of the scoring in this one. Games like this will alleviate some of the pressure from Lee and Burnitz, to name a few. Who knows, maybe one of these days Aramis Ramirez will find his swing again.
Another short post from me, as I'm busy at work. Give us your thoughts and observations from this series by commenting here!
** On another note, a somewhat humorous (depending on your sense of humor... I thought it was funny) article regarding Zambrano's tennis elbow can be found here at Espn.com.
** Here's to the Cubs hopefully beating up a bit on the bottom feeding Astros!