Guillen already had remembered he was to pick up his wife at the airport Thursday night, just as the White Sox were mindful they still could get better after securing their fourth consecutive series victory with a 4-1 triumph over the New York Yankees.
Jon Garland extended the starting pitchers' streak of pitching at least six innings to 22 consecutive games as he limited the formidable Yankees to one run over seven innings.
The Sox's offense overcame a 1-for-7 effort with runners in scoring position as they did the little duties Guillen has sought through the first 37 games, such as manufacturing runs without the aid of a home run.
Many of the 30,488 fans applauded when Pablo Ozuna laid down a sacrifice bunt that set up Jermaine Dye's sacrifice fly in the fifth.
For Dye, this marked the first step of what he and the Sox hope is an offensive resurgence. He fueled the Sox offense with an RBI double in the first, a two-run homer in the third and his sacrifice fly.
"I don't feel that great," Dye admitted after he raised his average to a disappointing .216. "I think our mind-set is great. Just try to go out and win series. … offensively we're going to come out of it. We have too good players in this clubhouse to not do that."
The Sox's optimism comes in various pieces. The rotation has a 3.50 ERA in its last 22 games. Garland induced three inning-ending double plays and held Bobby Abreu to an 0-for-4 day. Abreu had five hits (three homers) in seven previous tries against him.
Right-handed hitting catcher Toby Hall is expected to make his Sox debut Friday against Ted Lilly as the club tries to improve its 4-5 record against left-handed starters.
Designated hitter Jim Thome (ribs) is scheduled to return Monday against the A's. By that time, the Sox hope Paul Konerko (1-for-19) and Joe Crede (1-for-17) can break out of slumps. Konerko batted fifth for the first time as Guillen attempted to take some pressure off by moving him out of the cleanup spot, while Crede received a scheduled rest.
Juan Uribe (.330 vs. Lilly), who struck out four times Thursday, and Konerko (three homers) are the only Sox players with any success against Friday's starter.
"It's a different scenario facing the Cubs," Guillen said. "It's a different type of game for the fans. For us, it's the same way. But when you see your own fans get excited, you push the pedal a little harder and make sure you have a little more gas."
And a little more strength. Guillen expects an aggressive running attack from the Cubs against Hall, who is recovering from a torn right labrum.
"I would do it too," Guillen said. "But you don't steal the base against the catcher. A good percent of the time, you steal it against the pitcher. If the pitcher … does his job, [Hall] has a good chance."
Just the chance to play gives Hall ample energy entering his first City Series.
"I'm good now," Hall said of his shoulder. "I've aired it out the past three nights and we're ready to rock and roll."