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Each inning, as it might have been seen through eyes of not-so-impartial fans. And just like the game, road team swings first.
TOP OF THE FIRST
Sox: It's good to see Ozzie Guillen being aggressive early, especially against Greg Maddux. After Aaron Rowand singled, he stole second but was stranded there.
Cubs: Now that's more like the Maddux we expect to see. One meaningless single and two strikeouts, not the two walks and two runs of last weekend.
BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
Sox: Oh, no. Felix Diaz gave up as many runs in his first two batters, two, as he did in the first four innings last weekend. A 3-0 lead is not insurmountable.
Cubs: You know things are going good when Rey Ordonez hits a home run. That's his first in more than a year. And happy (homer) 38th birthday to Moises Alou.
TOP OF THE SECOND
Sox: Maybe the 31-minute rain delay will affect Maddux later, but he looks tough right now. He got three easy groundouts, including one after the rain.
Cubs: This is why Maddux was brought back "home." He not only withstood the rain delay like a veteran, but the three groundouts were vintage Maddux.
BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
Sox: That's more like it for Diaz. Even though Ramon Martinez led off with a single, he got stranded at second base. Maybe Diaz just had national TV jitters.
Cubs: The bottom of the batting order sure doesn't remind us of the '27 Yankees, with Martinez and Paul Bako, so it's good the top of the order was hot in the first.
TOP OF THE THIRD
Sox: Hey, you try anything when Maddux is going good. Diaz and Willie Harris both tried to bunt their way on, hoping Maddux would fall on slippery grass.
Cubs: The White Sox are swinging early and often, but let 'em because it's fine with Maddux. The quicker he works, the better he seems to get.
BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
Sox: Let's hope it's not too late, but Diaz seems to have settled into a rhythm. He struck out Sammy Sosa, Corey Patterson and Derrek Lee on pitches barely faster than 70 m.p.h.
Cubs: Did the wind shift after two rain delays or is it just wishful thinking? It seems to be coming straight in. If so, great news, because it's harder to hit homers.
TOP OF THE FOURTH
Sox: It's way too easy for Maddux. Eight of the last nine outs have been grounders and he has thrown just 15 pitches the last two innings.
Cubs: Let's hurry and get through the next inning to make this an official game. Word is that the really heavy rain stuff is less than two hours away.
BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
Sox: Diaz made it through again with ease. But the combination of his rotten first inning and a struggling offense probably will cost him. Too bad.
Cubs: Maddux had to run hard to first base twice on ground balls (one went foul). Maybe we worry too much, but that's not easy for a 38-year-old.
TOP OF THE FIFTH
Sox: A ray of hope, if the rain holds off. Paul Konerko flied out to the warning track, Joe Crede lined hard to left and Maddux walked a guy.
Cubs: The crowd was on its feet, just like the bottom of the ninth, as Maddux struck out Frank Thomas with two runners on base to end the inning.
BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
Sox: The umpires let play go on during a very, very hard rain and Sosa hit a homer to right field. Then the umps delayed the game. How fair is that?
Cubs: Sosa's homer could turn out to be a big one, especially if the rain comes like predicted. What was remarkable was that it was hit against the wind.
TOP OF THE SIXTH
Sox: Maddux finally is gone but he gave up two runs before he left. Maybe it would have been more but it was raining hard again when Crede popped out.
Cubs: Hey, great catch by Sosa to end a shaky inning. With a fourth rain, umpires would be wise to call it before someone gets hurt (and the Cubs get behind).
BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
Sox: How could they call the game when it wasn't even raining? And just when the right team was rallying.
Cubs: Justice was served, the best team won. Get out the brooms.