Balls and strikes from Cubs and Sox

What we learned from City Series, Part One:

A.J. Pierzynski is good on triples until 2013.

Pierzynski is good on (bleeping) off teammates until then, too.

Starlin Castro is money.

Mark Buehrle remains an Interleague Hall-of-Famer.

Brent Morel knows how to work at-bats with a veteran’s game-savvy.

It only took homers in consecutive games for the Cubs to start intentionally walking Paul Konerko.

Gordon Beckham can field well even if he’s hitting horribly.

Sometimes not even the Hubble Telescope can determine where Gavin Floyd is.

Cubs manager Mike Quade had chances to bunt in the late innings of the last two losses, but refused to force a bad fielding Sox team to make plays.

When non-hitting Koyie Hill bats in a big situation late, it’s a matter of handedness -- the manager’s hamhandedness.

The Cubs continue to live by the old baseball adage of playing for tie at home and playing for the loss on the road.

Alex Rios is finding it. 

I want just enough Brent Lillibridge to want more, but not more than that.

Carlos Zambrano outpitched and out-adulted Jake Peavy.

The less mature team won two of three.

Sergio Santos has some kind of meditation thing he does in the bullpen.

Sergio Santos has some kind of nasty stuff he does on the mound.

Crain, Thornton, Santos, period.

The Cubs defend the squeeze as badly as the Sox defend the stolen base.

Neither team can play the field as well as the U.S. Cellular grounds crew.

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